Leadership

The Secret Danger of Complaining.

How many times a day do you complain?  Weather, traffic, work, kids, spouse? Do you find yourself complaining more and more?  It’s not unusual, especially with everything that has been going on in our world.  It’s so easy to find something to dish about.  People who are self-aware know the dangers that complaining can cause.…

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The Five Qualities of a Successful“QuaranTeam”

Working with teams has always had its challenges, but working in a virtual environment has a new set of issues we may not have even considered.  Taking a page from Patrick Lencioni’s 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, here are some tips for dealing with your virtual team. Trust – As with any team, the…

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Dealing with Toxic People

We all have those people in our lives that thrive off drama.  They appear to live for the next big crisis and if one doesn’t appear, they will create one.  Being around individuals like this can cause us a great deal of stress.  Just a few days of exposure to stress can affect the part…

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Using Emotional Intelligence During Times of Turmoil

I was talking with a friend of mine yesterday. As most people are doing these days, we got to discussing the Corona Virus issue.  She said, “I was in the grocery store yesterday to pick up a couple of things, and all of a sudden, I was grabbing things I didn’t even need.”  She went…

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Lean In

On any given day, something can happen to us that causes us to feel frustrated, unhappy, angry.  It could be a difficult conversation that we had with a co-worker or boss, overhearing unkind remarks that were made about us or even sitting through a meeting and listening to someone dominate the conversation to make themselves…

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For a Higher Purpose

This week, I had the immense pleasure of accompanying my son, and his 7th grade class on a trip to Washington D.C. Studying about our Founding Fathers has reminded me of a true example of grace under fire. It is convenient for us to view their accomplishments from the comfort of knowing how great the…

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Include Employees When You Give Thanks

Thanksgiving! That wonderful time of year when we pull out the sweaters, find our stretchy pants and salivate over the amazing food we are planning to share with friends and family. It’s also a time when we reflect on all of our blessings and the people we are most thankful for. As a leader, do…

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Feeling Stuck? Mind the Gap!

I often have clients who are in a quandary because they can’t figure out why they are unable to take themselves to the next level. They seem to have done really well getting to a certain point, but beyond that they feel stuck. This creates a gap in expectations that can limit your effectiveness and…

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Trust: The Foundation for Any Team

I am a huge fan of Patrick Lencioni’s writings, so much that I became an authorized partner to teach his curriculum “The 5 Behaviors of an Effective Team” based on his best selling book “The 5 Behaviors of a Dysfunctional Team.” In Pat’s opinion – and mine – trust is the foundation for teams; without…

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Don’t Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle

Tis the season to be …..stressed? We are entering that time of year where schedules are busier, expectations are higher and deadlines are looming. Suddenly, we notice that our patience is running thin, energy is low, our digestive system is off and sleep has become that long lost friend. Our stress is at an all…

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