No Safety – No Performance: How to Communicate During Chaos

Restructuring, rightsizing, employee rebalancing…regardless of what you call it, layoffs are tough on every employee. Either you are a target now, or you could be a target later. When a company is willing to let people go, no one feels safe. That’s a key word: ‘Safe’. When employees don’t feel safe there is a noticeable decrease […]

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Need to Unify? Remarkable Ways to Create Community

On the second floor of the Renwick Gallery in Washington DC is a holy place. David Best’s Temple invites quiet contemplation in a huge ballroom completely dressed with intricately carved wood. Thoughts spill onto the surfaces as visitors are invited to take a small piece of wood and write what’s on their mind. These tiny […]

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Are You Approachable? Take This 3-Point Assessment!

I checked in at my hotel in Washington, DC and headed to the elevator like I’ve done a million times before. Reaching out to press the call button, I stopped suddenly. What’s the problem here? A single button with flames rising from it. RED flames. Graphics with actions crossed out. The only text is Use Exit. […]

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4 Keys to High Performance Goal-Setting

It’s shocking how many companies end the year without reviewing progress against goals, or with merit increases completely divorced from actual goal attainment. No wonder we have employees with entitlement issues. If you want to spur high performance and reward for performance, it’s critical to set a strong foundation of clear objectives. Regardless of the […]

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Why Gyms Have Mirrors and You Should Too

It was a full class at the gym Saturday. A colleague with a barbell across her back in front of me shuffled over so I could get a clear view of myself in the mirror as we performed synchronized squats. In many training areas  – from ballet to bootcamp – there are walls of mirrors present to reflect […]

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How to Break the Blahs: Strategies for Resetting Team Energy

In January I landed in Winnipeg on their coldest day: -53 Celsius (-63F) with wind chill. Good timing! Many cities in North America have experienced record lows that suck the energy right out of you…all except what’s needed to cozy up beside a fire with a latte. In the heart of winter are you finding […]

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Avoid Obsolescence: Plan your next brain upgrade!

When I finished my last degree, I decided my brain was big enough. The Master’s program for Organizational Psychology featured a large volume of dense reading in addition to lengthy lectures which distilled decades of knowledge into a firehose. I loved those days, devouring the writings of great thinkers like Argyris, Beckhard and Bennis who […]

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Values kill careers: How leaders tune in to avoid derailment

Quick Quiz: When a woman presents an opinion at work, do you give her the same attention as you would a man? Do females get the same promotion opportunities as men in your company? If you witnessed a woman being treated unfairly, inappropriately would you step in and end it? In front of the CEO? […]

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How You Demean Employees and the Key to Stopping it

I hate riding exercise bikes. In fact, I consider all machine-based cardio to be evil. It’s boring, even with a TV in place, to be working so hard to get nowhere. No one associates the word “engaging” with cardio equipment. Gallup’s engagement data is often quoted for it’s mind-numbing finding that 87% of employees are […]

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