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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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Two Mental Shifts That Will Change Your Life, Immediately

There’s your life, and there’s the way you process your life.  We all have an outside life and an inside life.  While the events of our life are happening, there’s a parallel interior talk track accompanying them. Here are two mental shifts that will help you experience more happiness,.

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You Did Not Get Divorced Over a Ham Sandwich

My neighbor thinks his wife divorced him because of a ham sandwich.  He’ll tell anyone who will listen about the crazy woman who left him all because one night, instead of having dinner with the family, he made himself a ham sandwich. That one sandwich ruined 20 years of.

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Why Watching Movies Makes You a Better Business Person

How often do you indulge your creative spirit? Creativity makes you happier and successful.  Yet for many people, their work is devoid of creativity.  Sometimes it seems like organizations specialize in sucking the creative spark out of people.  Roles and departments get siloed and with no outside creative energy,.

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How to Get Yourself in the Mood to Start Anything

Do you have trouble getting started? Whether it’s writing a report, scoping a big IT project, or simply welling up the energy to clean out your closet, many of us procrastinate because we’re simply not in the mood to start. As a writer, I’m well acquainted with the perils.

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