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Your Worst Employees Quit and Stay

Imagine you have a low engagement employee.  We all know who they are.  They’re the people who show up for work with their body, but they leave their hearts and minds at home.  I refer to them as the quit and stays.  They quit caring, but they stay in.

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Are you Measuring the Least Important Reality?

Organizations operate on two levels. There are the presenting facts and metrics, these are readily observed and measured.   Then there are the nuances, the attitude of the players, their focus, or lack thereof, the details and daily conversations.  These seemingly behind the scenes subtleties are what makes or breaks.

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Are You Ready for a Red Table Talk?

Do you ever have to address emotionally charged topics at work, or in your personal life?  We all do. A quick glance of the headlines reveals, we’re not all skilled at having difficult conversations.  Whether it’s racial discrimination or sexual harassment, these aren’t easy topics to discuss, especially at.

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There’s nothing more dangerous than a writer whose feelings have been hurt”

When Glenn Close uttered this drop-dead line in The Wife, I laughed out loud at the horrible truth.  In the movie, Close was advising her husband, a famous author, not to anger a reporter.  Her husband, a powerful famous man, seemed oblivious as to how his treatment of a.

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How to Keep Your Personality from Overshadowing Your Team

“There’s no point arguing, she’s already got her mind set.” I hear this from employees who have a boss with a strong personality.  I recently wrote about why conflict avoiders find themselves in continual conflict (because they never address the root cause).  The preponderance of comments came from bosses.

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Why Nice People Start Turf Wars

Steve knew he was facing a challenge.  As he walked into the budget meeting, he squared his shoulders and took a deep breath. The facts were on his side.  Now it was time to convince the rest of the senior team, and, most importantly, his CEO.  The challenge at.

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Why Public Critique Harms the One Giving It

Praise in public, critique in private.  It’s Management 101.  Most decent leaders know it’s detrimental to reprimand employees in public.  It’s unkind and does not improve performance. What’s less talked about though, is the impact public critique has on the person who is giving it. I was recently working.

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Why Avoiding Conflict Prolongs It

Do you like conflict?  Most people don’t. But sometimes, trying to keep the peace simply prolongs the problem. I was working with a leadership team who had problems with the IT department. They were reluctant to openly express their frustrations to the IT leader (their peer) because he was.

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How to Keep Work From Taking Over Your Entire Life

Just another thing hanging over your head.”  This common expression now comes in poster form.  Or should I say, art form.  Here’s the image making the rounds on Pinterest: Picture a massive white canvass, 6 feet tall, framed in gold, hanging over a modern navy bed in a light-filled.

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It’s OK to Admit You Had it Rough

When it comes to bad circumstances.  There are two kinds of people.  The people who want to prove they have it worse than other people.  And the people who will tell you others had it worse than they did. I usually fall into the second group.  Telling yourself other.

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