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Organizational Change and the Human Brain

Change in organizations is pretty much a constant in today’s business environment. Globalization, changing market dynamics, evolving technology, and a myriad of other factors create the need for change, and human emotions – more precisely, the response of human brains – create many of the barriers to successful change implementation. In my work with workshop […]

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The Power of Curiosity in Coaching and Conflict Resolution

One challenge in coaching other people is that you will often coach them on issues where you see a clear answer or course of action before they see it. When this happens, you can find yourself jumping to conclusions and making assumptions about their motivations, drivers and desires. To avoid the conflict escalation, communication breakdown, […]

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Seven Things You Need to Know About Your Employees

As I work with clients to strengthen their teams and to make their businesses more profitable, I often encounter some serious misunderstandings of human nature. These misunderstandings usually lead business leaders in the wrong direction when they attempt to inspire their employees to perform at a higher level. Fortunately, you can avoid these pitfalls if […]

Mentoring and Coaching

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Why Executive Leadership Coaching Can Be Good For You

I once read this quote: “you’re on the wrong side of your eyeballs to be objective about you.” I love that quote! It’s both short and powerful. Unfortunately, I do not remember the source of that quote, and I wasn’t able to find it in preparing to write this article. Still it is a true […]

Performance Management

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How To Inspire Workplace Behaviors To Get Better Results

You have finally become the boss, and you have valid reasons to feel good about your team. In the first few months of your new position, you have built a team of really good people. You have strong players in every position. You have clearly defined procedures for every part of the business. You have […]

Leadership Skills

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Motivation Insight: Learn to Apply the Four to One Rule

Well delivered and thoughtful praise can deliver the energy that pushes a team to great performance. Likewise, careless criticism and correction offered without balance can kill a team. Effective leaders learn to choose the right words — either positive or negative  — for every situation. Many of my clients are in significant leadership roles.  They […]

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5 Ways To “Be” For Better Employee Motivation

While it is not always true in every business, it is true in most. Managers do not really understand their employees. They do not know how to motivate, inspire, and correct people effectively. As I work with my clients, I hear the same questions repeatedly: “How do I get my employees to … …quit complaining?” […]