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Resolving Conflict At Work

Resolving Conflict At Work

Are Sue and Annie at it again?  You can always tell because the desk drawers close a little harder, the phone is hung up a more abruptly and there is that bad smell of tension in the air. What happened this time?  You are wondering what you can do to help resolve it so that … Continue reading

Change Can Stick, If You Are Serious And Simple

Change Can Stick, If You Are Serious And Simple

Today is the first day of Spring.  When Spring arrives we start thinking of planting a garden, spring cleaning or getting some outdoor exercise. Spring has always represented a time of newness and change. Most people look forward to the Springtime.  It is a time of anticipation of beautiful weather and nature blooming around us … Continue reading

Blowing Problems Out Of Proportion

Blowing Problems Out Of Proportion

Problems are always going to happen.  Many times when they do happen we will put the problem under a microscope and magnify it to make it bigger or worse than it really is. When we blow it out of proportion and lose sight of what the real problem is.  We begin focusing on things that … Continue reading

Addressing Poor Performance At Work

Addressing Poor Performance At Work

Most of us have had a day when our work performance has been less than our best, but this is a rarity not the norm. As a manager or business owner what do you do when poor performance starts to become an employees’ regular performance?  If this is allowed to continue by the employee it … Continue reading

Accountability Failure

Accountability Failure

Recently, at a conference I was talking with some office managers and the issue of employee accountability kept coming up. It seemed as though many of these managers were having the same issues with employees being trained to follow the office protocols, yet often they would fail to keep some of them. One manager said … Continue reading

What Type Of Pants Do You Wear?

What Type Of Pants Do You Wear?

We need more positive people in our workplace and life in general. We can do this if each of us learns to develop a healthy positive attitude. Not only will we become colleagues with whom others will want to work, but we will be happier individuals as well.  Life is too short not to want … Continue reading

Pay Positive Attention At Work

Pay Positive Attention At Work

No matter how hard we may try to provide a positive work environment, stress seems to find a way of slipping in the door. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), of employees surveyed between 40-50% have reported that their job is “very” stressful and 26% report frequent burnout or stress from their employment.  … Continue reading

It’s Never Their Fault!

It’s Never Their Fault!

Have you ever worked with a blamer?  This argumentative, personality is a very difficult one to deal with. People who are like this truly believe that someone or something else is always to blame. I clearly remember one time when I had the “opportunity” to work with a blamer.  I say “opportunity” because it was … Continue reading

Management Is Not For The Faint of Heart

Management Is Not For The Faint of Heart

Being in a management position is not for the “Faint of Heart.” (Definition: Lacking courage to face something difficult) Understanding the people we work with each day is difficult.  We think we understand what someone is asking or telling us only to find out that we did not. As a manager this can be an … Continue reading

Your Heart and Mind Are Strong

Your Heart and Mind Are Strong

Whenever you have thoughts of failure or lack of achievement, stop. Instead of entertaining negative thoughts think about all of the things you have accomplished so far. Give yourself a pat on the back and say out loud, “I am awesome and I will move forward on my journey.” Then take a few minutes to … Continue reading