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Does the look on your face create psychological safety with your employees?

By Bonnie Artman Fox / July 27, 2023
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Most leaders don’t learn this until it’s too late. The skillset necessary to strategize your business plan, create systems, and monitor metrics is not the same skillset necessary to retain employees to run your day-to-day operations. That’s why having interpersonal skills that create psychological safety with your employees is so important. When employees are constantly…

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How to give honest feedback to an abrasive superior

By Bonnie Artman Fox / June 8, 2023
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By all accounts, Jack is a successful leader. He’s an industry trailblazer that others look to for his expertise. Financially, he is doing well and his business is thriving. On the outside, Jack has many markers of success.  What Jack doesn’t realize is how off-putting his behavior is to others.  What is obvious to others…

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The Hidden Benefits of Self-Awareness in Leadership and Teamwork

By Bonnie Artman Fox / May 18, 2023
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Almost everyone thinks they’re self-aware. According to research by Tasha Eurich, in reality, only 10-15% of people are self-aware from the perspective of knowing yourself, what’s important to you and recognizing how your words and actions impact those around you. What may surprise you to know is how much having self-awareness impacts your team. Alan…

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5 Signs of Level Headed Leadership That Resolve Conflict Sooner Than Later

By Bonnie Artman Fox / September 22, 2022
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When you are in the midst of conflict, how likely are you to stay level headed? Meaning, you maintain a calm composure despite the sensation that your heart is about to beat outside of your chest. You’re able to listen with curiosity instead of blurting out what you really want to say and resist the urge to…

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5 Signs You Are a Distractor

5 Signs Distraction is Your Conflict Style and What You Can Do About It

By Bonnie Artman Fox / September 15, 2022
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When conflict happens on your team, do you tend to crack a joke or find another way to distract from the tension? Many people don’t like conflict and assume it means they’re doing something wrong. In reality, conflict is healthy and allows teams to get more clarity about differences or about the direction to take…

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5 Signs You’re a People-Pleaser

5 Signs People-Pleasing is Your Conflict Style and Negatively Affecting Your Leadership Credibility

By Bonnie Artman Fox / September 8, 2022
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Why do some leaders have more credibility than others? Beyond the “smart” side of leadership vision, strategy, and metrics, a leader’s ability to handle conflict directly and productively is a skill that greatly affects their leadership credibility. It’s the difference between openly dealing with problems in a professional and respectful way and problems going underground…

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5 Signs Controlling Leadership May be Contributing to Your Employee Turnover

5 Signs Controlling Leadership May Be Contributing to Your Employee Turnover

By Bonnie Artman Fox / September 1, 2022
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“It’s very dramatic when two people come together to work something out. It’s easy to take a gun and annihilate your opposition, but what is really exciting to me is to see people with differing views come together and finally respect each other.” – Fred Rogers The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to…

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5 remarks leaders often make to avoid conflict and eventually blow-up in anger

5 Remarks Leaders Often Make to Avoid Conflict and Eventually Blow-Up in Anger

By Bonnie Artman Fox / August 25, 2022
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“Feelings are mentionable and manageable” – Mister Fred Rogers In his television show of 895 episodes that ran from 1968 – 2001, Mr. Rogers taught kids about a variety of life skills such as self-value,  self-control, curiosity, appreciation of diversity, cooperation, patience, and perseverance. Through meaningful lyrics, scripts, and puppetry, Mr. Rogers presented meaningful experiences that…

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If you are the “Fixer” with your Team, Read This

By Bonnie Artman Fox / May 27, 2021
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Despite reaching esteemed professional goals, Maria was angry, resentful, and tired. She didn’t even realize how stressed she was until one day her husband said to her “Why are you always yelling at us?“ That question was a wake-up call for Maria. She was so used to shouldering the responsibility and emotional weight of fixing her…

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The Leadership Skill that Motivates Change

By Bonnie Artman Fox / August 17, 2017
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Hank was angry. He couldn’t get his employees onboard with the new computer system. From his perspective, he did all the “right” things. He provided reasons for the upgrade and training to enhance efficiency, but employee resistance persisted. In our last blog, we discussed three possible reasons behind employee resistance to change. Today, we address…

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