What are your thoughts about the idea of being self-made? Recently, I saw a man wearing a t-shirt with the caption, “SELF-MADE!”  It was written in CAPS and seemed to scream at me, emphasizing the point. It got my attention, perhaps because earlier that day a client and I talked about how interdependent we really are. How, alone, […]

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Are you holding on to processes or practices that no longer serve anyone or can be handled more efficiently?  While the current practice was a great solution years ago, the problem that led to a particular work-around no longer exists or maybe technology is helping you do it better. For example, there might be a report […]

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One way agile companies foster growth is they cut down on the complexity of their decision-making processes. We don’t always realize the high price we pay when our systems require significant time and input before a decision can be made. Gallup suggests that if you’re looking to streamline your company’s decision-making process, start by thinking […]

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You’re a control freak and you know it.  But you can’t find your way clear of this stressful, energy-stealing frame of mind.  Oprah.com contributor Martha Beck offers 5 tips to help you get comfortable with letting go. Relax your need to relax.  If you’re trying to relax, you’re not actually relaxing. Give yourself permission to be as tense […]

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Did you know that we are sometimes biased against ourselves?  Yes, you heard me right.   Because of what we’ve experienced and how we’ve internalized it, we can carry biased beliefs about ourselves. Like a belief that we don’t have what it takes to succeed, or we don’t belong.  When we unconsciously adopt false, limiting ideas or attitudes, and […]

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While conflict is inevitable and can be seen as the healthy manifestation of competition, how we engage during conflict is key.  A little self-awareness can go a long way to help us steer away from behavior that serves no one.  Here are a few well-worn ruts to resist. The “I’m right, you’re wrong” mindset.  A hint that you’re […]

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Confirmation bias is when we seek out information that validates our own point of view.  We tune out everything that doesn’t align with our world view or reinforce our opinions of the people around us.   Confirmation bias closes our hearts and minds to the full truth.   But there are ways to open our minds and learn to […]

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Your schedule is jam packed, but there’s an important team meeting that you want to participate in.  The clock isn’t on your side, but with proper planning, here’s how you can ensure the team hears from you. Let the meeting leader know beforehand that you’re coming but can’t stay. Plan to attend the first 30 or […]

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The earlier we begin building relationships in the workplace, the easier it is to do our job well.  So, when bringing on new hires, after you’ve shown them their work space, the lunchroom and restrooms, and introduced them to the team, try this.   Give the new hire a list of key stakeholders to meet with to […]

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Sometimes opportunities that we weren’t expecting come our way – something that seems like such an unlikely fit, it wasn’t even on our radar.  It may even be something we think we didn’t even want. Your first instinct may be to say thanks, but no thanks.   But, before you do, hear the person out.  Allow them to explain […]

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Do you allow LIES to limit you? I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. LIES are labels, illusions, excuses and stories that exist in your mind, just out of awareness.  They shape your thoughts, feelings, decisions and actions. LIES lead to detours on your path to happiness.  They short-circuit your ability and willingness to change and grow.  LIES cause you to work […]

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In today’s business environment, creativity is an asset.  Yet, when Gallup spoke to over 16,000 employees, they found companies rarely have an expectation of creativity, allow time to be creative, or provide a safe environment for the risk taking that is inherent to creative pursuits. Besides being risky, creativity is hard to measure unless it’s quickly […]

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A recent McKinsey & Company article delved into a report from Deloitte Global, where they interviewed two thousand C-Suite executives in nineteen countries, and found four types of leaders who are successful in this – the early part of Industrial Revolution 4.0. The Super Socials. These leaders have cracked the code of doing well by doing […]

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As was true with the advent of the printing press and the postal service, email will likely go down in history as a dramatic invention that changed the way humans connect.  But, over-reliance on email has its drawbacks.  It is not a one-size-fits-all communication tool.  Here are some signals that it’s time to step back from email and […]

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As the proliferation of automation and AI grows, and our lifespans increase, McKinsey and Company says, companies must look for new ways to keep employees current and engaged.  Episodic, classroom training is becoming obsolete and more attention needs to be placed on how to best prepare the workforces for life-long employability. This means rethinking what we […]

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A recent article from McKinsey & Company urges businesses to rethink their approach to hiring, education and retention.  They suggest a focus on life-long employability to save money and reduce turnover.  How? When hiring, think competence, not college.  Degrees aren’t the end-all-be-all for every job, nor do they guarantee mastery of a body of knowledge.  Look to coding boot […]

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If you’ve decided you’re ready to find a new job, one that fulfills your desire for purpose and meaning, a first step is understanding your innate strengths and personal priorities.  Once you’ve done that homework, it’s time to build a network of people who can help you get there.  Here’s how. Identify people who have your dream […]

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BusinessInsider.com recently spoke to CEO’s who’ve done thousands of interviews about the things that catch their attention when meeting with job candidates. Here are a few of them. How you greet them and how you leave them.  Does your body language convey confidence and charisma?  Does your style of engaging indicate you can work successfully in a team […]

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To create an agile company, you certainly need the right mindsets, skills, tools, processes.  But, above all, you need managers who are aligned with business goals and create a culture of engagement.  Yet, the Gallup Analytics team, which recently released highlights from data gathered throughout 2018, say that sixty-seven percent of employees say they are burned out […]

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