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Don’t Give Up, Deliver: Overcoming a Setback to Deliver Results

By Bonnie Artman Fox / July 18, 2017
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It was 7 days before our wedding and I got a call that our ceremony vocalist was injured in an ATV accident. She flew over the handlebars and had facial injuries. She didn’t know if she would be able to sing at our wedding and suggested we look for another vocalist, just in case. My…

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Choose Your Mindset Before Your Next Candid Conversation

By Bonnie Artman Fox / September 30, 2016
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Before having a candid conversation with a difficult employee, choose your mindset to optimize the likelihood of a positive outcome.

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5 Behaviors of Levelheaded Leaders

By Bonnie Artman Fox / September 1, 2016
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Conflict Management Pattern: Levelheaded The term “levelheaded” is often used to describe someone who is calm, balanced, not overly reactive, and able to stay reasonable and rationale during times of stress or conflict. When people are in deadlocked argument, being “levelheaded” can break the impasse. This is a person whose presence can diffuse anxiety and…

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Who's Got Your Back?

By Bonnie Artman Fox / June 7, 2016
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Every morning when I walked into work I didn’t know how the day would unfold. Some days were filled with productivity and camaraderie with co-workers. Other days it was difficult to focus and there was little interaction with others due to an angry outburst from the Chief Operating Officer. Employees retreated to their respective offices…

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From Brutal To Supportive…How An Abrasive Leader Changed

By Bonnie Artman Fox / February 2, 2016
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At a recent training I was attending, I met Barb, a COO who after learning about my coaching program for abrasive leader turnaround, without skipping a beat she said “I was an abrasive leader”. Intrigued by her humility and willingness to share so openly to someone she had just met, I asked if we could…

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Never Let Your Mindset Hold You Back Again

By Bonnie Artman Fox / January 19, 2016
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I recently had the privilege of consulting with Bob, an extremely competent employee who was the recipient of an abrasive boss.  The purpose of the consultation was to help Bob gain skills to improve collaboration in the workplace while setting expectations of being treated with respect and civility. The tone of his voice and overall…

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3 Tips to Achieve 2016 Goals

By Bonnie Artman Fox / January 6, 2016
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Follow These Three Tips to Achieve Your 2016 Goals   With the start of the new year, whether you have goals and objectives for personal development or business, achieving goals boils down to your daily habits, behaviors, and mindset. If you do the following research based tips on a regular basis, you will stay focused…

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You Can Lead A Horse To Water…

By Bonnie Artman Fox / September 22, 2015
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This is a four part series of blogs addressing the question “Can Abrasive Employees Really Change?”. Part I addressed the importance of the managers working through their own anxiety before intervening with the abrasive employee. Part II outlined key elements of a proven change process. Part III discussed accountability as both helping to sustain change…

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When Your Purpose Is Taken Away

By Bonnie Artman Fox / July 29, 2015
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Seventeen people arrived for the interview, nervous yet determined.  You see this wasn’t your typical interview.  It was an audition for a chorus line. The 17 people soon learned that only eight would be chosen, four women and four men.  Then tension mounted. As the audition continued with the dancers learning more dance steps and lyrics,…

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3 Choices In Dealing With Abrasive Bosses

By Bonnie Artman Fox / June 2, 2015
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Nick is a hardworking, forward-thinking employee.  He has tried for almost four years to get along with his abrasive boss.  Despite repeated efforts to work collaboratively, he was met with condescension, micro-managing, and disrespect.  A good day at work was when he didn’t have to interact with his boss or his boss took a day…

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