Harvard Business Review contributor Larry Clark’s three part series on navigating complexity offers timely education on rethinking business.  He encourages leaders to embrace the natural push and pull of polarities that are inherent to every business.  Polarity is when opposing forces pull at each other to keep things balanced.  For instance, growth versus profit maximization or work-life […]

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Many experts believe that technology is making us increasingly isolated, particularly in the workplace. In a recent Society for Human Resource Management interview, best-selling author Dan Schawbel offers tips for maintaining the human connection.  Here are a few. Use electronic calendars to schedule meetings, but when there, be present and use the time to develop strong team […]

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In a recent blog post, Dr. Anne Litwin responded to eye-opening findings from LeanIn.org and the McKinsey group.  The report found that 1 in 5 of the women they surveyed at 279 US companies consider themselves “Onlys” — meaning they are often the only woman in the room. Half of those women say they must provide […]

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The kind of environment we work in plays a big role in job satisfaction.  Yet, that environment is largely controlled by another person:  your manager, or someone at or near the top of the org chart.  If they’re supportive, job satisfaction soars. Forbes.com says this is especially true for millennials. If you’re one of the people at or […]

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According to Gallup, today’ employees treat their job search like they treat their shopping.  They have lots of information and options, and they don’t see the need to settle for a job that’s not right for them.   Central to today’s job search:  company culture, lifestyle compatibility, the ability to make a difference and transparency.  If your culture is […]

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Researchers at University of California, Davis set out to answer an age-old question:  what makes an emotionally healthy person? They looked at what’s called the “big five” personality traits to see where healthy people landed.  Those traits are neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, agreeableness and conscientiousness.  They also identified facets of these traits, which added specificity. The experts […]

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As companies strive to become more diverse and inclusive, Gallup says leaders first need to understand the difference between the two terms.  They sum it up with the words of Netflix CEO Verna Myers, who says “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” For strategies on this front to truly hold, […]

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According to Gallup, by 2025, Millennials will make up 75 percent of the workforce.  They will be the majority of the rank and file and hold the majority of leadership positions. This bodes well for companies that are embracing diversity and inclusiveness.   Gallup contributors Camille Patrick and Ella Washington say Millennials are uniquely positioned to advance this workplace […]

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How would you like to start the New Year with free access to a coach who can help you break through to the next level?  That’s what I’m offering you today.  I’ve created a space on the homepage of my website, tmgspeaks.com called, Ask Teressa. It’s a place where you can seek answers to challenges you’re facing.   But […]

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According to many experts, we fear public speaking more than we fear death.  But if speeches or presentations aren’t something you can avoid, Fast Company offers these prep tips to help hide anxiety. Pace Yourself.  Avoid rapid-fire delivery by tapping into your natural and comfortable walking rhythm. Before you’re on stage, observe your relaxed pace and try to […]

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As you contemplate what you’d like to do differently in 2019, I urge you to consider a resolution for self-kindness. Yes, focus on things like fitness and your career, AND look at ways you can turn your attention within to create inner peace and self-directed happiness. Resolve to say “no” more often.  When requests make you uncomfortable […]

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Companies make a lot of promises to lure the best candidates.  They tout flexibility and personal development policies that, in practice, are only as good as the company’s managers.  Here are three questions Gallup says leaders should be asking themselves to determine if their new employee could experience buyer’s remorse. Does flexibility depend on the team manager?  You […]

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Just in time for the start of the New Year, I have a new tool for your personal and professional development.  I’m offering you free advice and coaching by way of “Ask Teressa” — a new feature on the homepage of my website, tmgspeaks.com.  Go there to submit your question about a real-life goal or challenge you’re […]

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Extremely low unemployment and the highest turnover rate in 17 years are forcing employers to dig deep to hold onto good performers.  Mounting evidence shows that people who aren’t engaged or who dislike their managers are the most likely to head for the door.   If you think your company is bleeding people as a result of […]

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As the job market tightens, employers are being forced to work harder to keep good employees.  According to Bloomberg, job turnover has reached a 17-year high. This means companies are at greater risk of losing people, especially if they have lazy managers.  Harvard Business Review says lazy managers do two things:   One: they blame low performance and […]

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During this time of year, I feel the urge to purge.  Do you?  I tidy up my desk and all surfaces, clean out drawers and cabinets, clear out files – physical and electronic.  I select books, office supplies and other useful items to donate to good causes. Between now and the start of the New Year, any time, […]

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I enjoy this time of year. And, it’s seems many others do, as well. It’s a season of fun-filled gatherings and sharing good wishes. Kindness, warm smiles, fun-filled gatherings and generosity are legitimized in all dimensions of life. Perhaps you and your co-workers are making plans for a luncheon at a local restaurant, a shared […]

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I bet you still have parties, dinners, drinks and drop-bys on your holiday social calendar. Whether it’s a company-sponsored event, a colleague-hosted gathering, or a party with family and friends, put your best foot forward. Steer clear of “too many” and “too much.” Too many bad jokes. Too much heated political debate. Too many misplaced […]

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A recent study published in the Sage Journal on Human Relations asserts that women are less effective at networking for two reasons. Women struggle with the idea of exploiting social ties and they undersell their own value when engaged in networking activities. Researchers interviewed 37 high-profile women leaders in Germany and found that they view […]

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