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Organizational Change and the Human Brain

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 18:11:11 +0000

Change in organizations is pretty much a constant in today’s business environment. Globalization, changing market dynamics, evolving technology, and a myriad of other factors create the need for change, and human emotions – more precisely, the response of human brains – create many of the barriers to successful change implementation. In my work with workshop […]



The Power of Curiosity in Coaching and Conflict Resolution

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 04:31:41 +0000

One challenge in coaching other people is that you will often coach them on issues where you see a clear answer or course of action before they see it. When this happens, you can find yourself jumping to conclusions and making assumptions about their motivations, drivers and desires. To avoid the conflict escalation, communication breakdown, […]



Why Executive Leadership Coaching Can Be Good For You

Mon, 10 May 2010 03:54:51 +0000

I once read this quote: “you’re on the wrong side of your eyeballs to be objective about you.” I love that quote! It’s both short and powerful. Unfortunately, I do not remember the source of that quote, and I wasn’t able to find it in preparing to write this article. Still it is a true […]



How To Inspire Workplace Behaviors To Get Better Results

Fri, 07 May 2010 02:50:18 +0000

You have finally become the boss, and you have valid reasons to feel good about your team. In the first few months of your new position, you have built a team of really good people. You have strong players in every position. You have clearly defined procedures for every part of the business. You have […]



Motivation Insight: Learn to Apply the Four to One Rule

Wed, 05 May 2010 16:39:58 +0000

Well delivered and thoughtful praise can deliver the energy that pushes a team to great performance. Likewise, careless criticism and correction offered without balance can kill a team. Effective leaders learn to choose the right words — either positive or negative  — for every situation. Many of my clients are in significant leadership roles.  They […]



Hiring Tip: Focus On The Person Rather Than The Resume

Wed, 05 May 2010 12:35:40 +0000

Here’s a simple hiring tip – Focus on the person rather than the resume. I admit that the ability to confront negative behaviors and poor performance is an important skill for leaders to develop. Still, there is something you can do long before problem behaviors surface that is a step beyond that for building a […]



Five Things Leaders Can Do to Champion Change

Tue, 04 May 2010 04:49:31 +0000

Smart leaders know that they don’t “make” a change happen. They understand that the people in their organization do the work, change behaviors, and, ultimately, make the change happen. They see that that their role is to make the change meaningful and easier to accept. Smart leaders champion change. Let’s look at five things smart […]



5 Ways To “Be” For Better Employee Motivation

Mon, 03 May 2010 14:29:27 +0000

While it is not always true in every business, it is true in most. Managers do not really understand their employees. They do not know how to motivate, inspire, and correct people effectively. As I work with my clients, I hear the same questions repeatedly: “How do I get my employees to … …quit complaining?” […]



How to Hire the Best Candidate For a Job

Sun, 02 May 2010 12:58:29 +0000

I often hear leaders from all types of organizations ask questions about hiring the right person. Their questions usually sound like these: What if their resume looks great but they have a bad attitude? What if they put on a good act and then don’t work hard? How can I tell how they will perform […]



Six Tips for Confronting Bad Workplace Behaviors

Sat, 01 May 2010 07:16:12 +0000

It is a fact of organizational life – negative, unacceptable behaviors will happen. When they do, the leader must address them. I normally emphasize the benefits of encouraging positive, productive behaviors over punishing negative ones. However, my clients and seminar participants often ask questions like: “What about team members who don’t want to play nice?” […]