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Does your Staff Meeting Remind you of a Holiday Meal?

By Bonnie Artman Fox / November 21, 2018
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Imagine you have a team member, let’s call him Rob.  He’s worked for your organization for years and knows your business inside out. At the same time, he has some rough edges. He has a short temper. If something doesn’t go his way, he can go from zero to ten in a matter of seconds.…

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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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Stop This Virus from Spreading in Your Culture

By Bonnie Artman Fox / October 20, 2015
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Is gossip undermining your work culture?    Dear Bonnie During the staff meeting two employees looked at one another and rolled their eyes while another co-worker shared a new idea. Instead of stating their opinion about the suggestion their co-worker presented, they stayed silent.  After the meeting at the proverbial “water cooler”, they talked about…

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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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Three ways to increase employee brain functioning

By Bonnie Artman Fox / April 7, 2015
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“I don’t have time for that touchy feely stuff, that doesn’t get the product out of the door” “People are lazy, if I’m not hard on them nothing will get done” “I was never coddled, and I turned out okay” The above are quotes from leaders who believe a dominant, blunt, and aggressive leadership style…

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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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I wouldn't go in there if I were you

By Bonnie Artman Fox / March 25, 2014
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“I wouldn’t go in there if I were you” “What do you mean?” “He’s in one of those moods.” “Thanks for the heads up, I’ll come back when the coast is clear.” Could this interchange between two of your employees be about you?  Do people know when to stay away from you because they sense…

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7 Tips to Manage Conflict and Increase Productivity

By Bonnie Artman Fox / February 25, 2014
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Conflict has really gotten a bad rap.  Most often, conflict is avoided which eventually leads to ugly disagreements and possibly fractured relationships.  Even in the workplace, conflict often goes underground leading to denial, gossip, sick days, and good people choosing to leave and work elsewhere. But what if conflict was viewed positively?  What if it…

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