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The words we use matter

Evaluate the message you are communicating

Rivalry in the ranks

Internal competition can hurt your company culture.

Jam sessions

I grew up with jazz. My older brother (now traveling the universe) was an amazing self-taught drummer. His best friend (now a pediatric cardiologist)...

Break the stalemate

Has your organization ever been caught up in a stalemate? It could be a deadlock between union and management. It could be that some issue...

Clear ground rules for a happy family business

There are human dynamics unique to family-operated businesses. Fathers and sons, aunts and nieces, spouses, siblings, cousins – sometimes all of those and grandkids,...

Stop, start, continue

January is upon us. The first month of a new year always triggers my thinking about Janus, that Roman god of beginnings and transitions....

How to deal with our fear of each other

It doesn’t seem like all that long ago I wrote and read a lot about diversity in the workplace. There were books and articles...

What is your mindset?

Nearly all of my coaching is via the phone, a format which works very well, I’m happy to say. Two other truisms: I care a...

A workbook for workplace happiness

Not too long ago, when I was doing executive coaching in Milwaukee, I often met with clients on one of the top floors of...

Is your organization full of wonder?: Curiosity can enhance learning and...

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the relationship between curiosity and learning, and how that relationship impacts the business learning essential for organizational...

Hirer beware: How to avoid making the wrong choice

You no doubt have made your share of hiring mistakes. You know how costly they are in many ways, including the emotional expense of...

Say thanks: Employees deserve recognition for a job well done

Here in Florida, it is a warm sunny day. My friends from above the Mason-Dixon Line talk about raking leaves and stashing up fireplace...

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