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Are your dysfunctional family conflict patterns affecting your leadership conflict patterns?

By RDD Support / December 8, 2022
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Great, it’s happened again. An abrasive leader has exploded on one your team members yet again. The team member is embarrassed, afraid to contribute when the leader is around, and becoming disengaged from the organization. The last time this happened you swore to yourself that you’d address it the next time it came up, but…

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Does your Staff Meeting Remind you of a Tense Holiday Meal?

By Bonnie Artman Fox / November 10, 2022
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Imagine you have a high-performing team member, let’s call him Rob.  He’s worked for your organization for years and knows your business inside out. While Rob is one of your most valued employees from a performance perspective, he has some rough edges in how he treats people. When projects don’t go as planned, his temper…

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4 Risks Executive Leaders Take When Abrasive Behavior Is Allowed

By Bonnie Artman Fox / October 20, 2022
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Addressing abrasive or any disruptive behavior in the workplace is messy and uncomfortable. But the risk of avoiding these difficult conversations is allowing the behavior to continue and infect your organization with a toxic culture. What makes addressing abrasive behavior even more challenging is if the employee is a top performer. This means they have…

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3 Reasons Executive Leaders Avoid Addressing Abrasive Behavior and Why

By Bonnie Artman Fox / October 13, 2022
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Barb is a go-getter and a “make-things-happen” kind of leader.  She is determined to be efficient and get things done in order to move on to the next project.  She has high expectations for herself and for those who work for her.  As a result, she has received several promotions and has made the company…

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An Uncommon Yet Effective Approach to Address Abrasive Behavior

By Bonnie Artman Fox / October 6, 2022
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Casey is preparing for a conversation he’d rather avoid.  He’s about to meet with one of his top-performing managers who is a consistent high revenue generator for the company. The manager has been with the company for almost fifteen years and is widely respected for her expertise in their industry.    The conversation isn’t about the…

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7 Ways to Keep Your Best Thinking During Conflict

By Bonnie Artman Fox / September 29, 2022
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Any relationship, including work relationships, involves disagreements and conflict. In fact, healthy leaders encourage disagreements so that the best ideas can emerge.  The key is working through tension with productive, effective behaviors rather than destructive, ineffective behaviors. When conflict is productive, the real issue gets addressed and conversations move forward so that relationships can get…

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3 Ways to Stop Your Employee’s Bad Behavior

By Bonnie Artman Fox / October 2, 2017
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You’re in your office. An employee has come to you to complain about a co-worker. This person tells you the same problematic behaviors he/she has told you before about the other employee. You wonder how much time and energy is being spent on this ongoing conflict that could be spent doing productive work. You’ve tried…

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10 Questions to Move from Avoidance to Intervention

By Bonnie Artman Fox / October 10, 2015
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“Depending on who Margie is talking to, she is friendly and helpful. To some of us, she yells and speaks down to us when we ask her a question. Sometimes she even throws darts at the door after people leave her office. From day to day, you never know what kind of mood she will…

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How I lost 27 pounds in 15 minutes!

By Bonnie Artman Fox / August 19, 2014
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The first week I lost 27 pounds.  The second week 32 pounds, and  this week I hit my all time weight loss of 35 pounds in a week! Have I got your attention? No, it isn’t a weight loss diet or the latest supplement that accelerates fat burning calories.  It’s the “weight” I’ve lost in…

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Present, But Not There

By Bonnie Artman Fox / July 1, 2014
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Presenteeism.  This one word costs U.S. employers between $150-260 billion a year.  It’s a concept that is identified as a contributing factor to lower productivity and higher costs to employers.  By definition presenteeism is usually associated with employees coming to work who are medically ill, have an injury, or have an underlying anxiety.  In other…

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