Archive for the ‘relationships’ Category

Conflict Avoiding Generation

The New York Times recently did some anecdotal research on feeling awkward with talking to friends, in person, to resolve differences. Of course, these social habits are likely to rub off into the work place, and may affect your employees and therefore your business. Do you see a problem with your employees not being able […]

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Deal With Conflict and Turn It Into A Win-Win Solution

Most successful organizations encourage and welcome the open discussion of opinions and ideas.  Among diverse groups of employees, there are bound to be differences in opinions, something that may seem, initially, to be an obstacle that organizations must overcome.  To the contrary, those differences have the potential to elevate organizations to the next level of […]

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Look Around, Recognize, and Celebrate Great Work!

One challenge that I continually see with managers and supervisors is that recognition and celebration for great results is limited. While most managers and supervisors understand the importance of and are open to Did you watch the video or did you rush ahead to continue reading? Hopefully you took the time to watch Joshua Bell, […]

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Teamwork Makes Beautiful Music

Playing the piano is generally done on an individual basis with the occasional duet.  When I was 14 years old, I had the opportunity to learn a lot about teamwork from a piano playing experience.  I was invited to play in Pianorama, a concert put on in Nashville where piano players are invited and to […]

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Creating a Win-Win Solution

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” -Andrew Carnegie Each of us is a member of a team – be it through family, sports, work, community, church, etc.  Within each […]

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Teamwork In Action Can Be Fun

In an effort to do a fun activity with my four year old son, I recently started a little project that captured the results of teamwork over a sustain period of time.  This idea stemmed from my son asking for a pet, and me wanting to find a simple, easy, maintenance free alternative. I reference […]

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Understanding Communication In A Fast Moving World

OMG, RU GOING CRAZY = Oh My Goodness, Are You Going Crazy! Can you read the above line?  If you can’t, it is because technological communication is rapidly changing into encrypted messages like this, which is an unfamiliar form of communication for you!  Emails, instant messaging, and text messaging are a few of the most […]

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5 Ways To Give Praise: Small Efforts With A Huge Return

Not too long ago, a global insurance company surveyed thousands of its employees through an Employee Satisfaction Questionnaire, seeking feedback to improve what the senior executives identified as a “morale problem.” The results of the survey were enlightening, particularly the response to Question #6: What can your manager do to make this a better place […]

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Coaching for Mutual Understanding

Leaders and team members need to be perfectly clear when communicating with each other. We cannot assume that the other person will always understand our meaning, and very often we will have to clarify ourselves to be sure that both the message and received message is the same. This lack of common language can be […]

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The Barrow Pit: A Case Of Communication Disparity

A few days ago, I was talking with a friend about a recent automobile accident. I told her the driver veered off the road into a barrow pit. “A barrow pit?” she asked. After a chuckle, I explained that a barrow pit is a wide, deep gutter dug along the roadside by the transportation department […]

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