Back to School Edition

Technically, it’s still summer.  However, when September rolls around it means only one thing – back to school!  And Fall.  But, that can be a blog for another day. As a child, I looked forward to going back to school.  A new outfit, clean white sneakers , sharp pencils and brand new notebooks – exciting!  I was ready for the pearls of wisdom my teachers would bestow upon me and my friends.  My children [...]

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Can You Handle the Truth?

We all struggle with giving and receiving feedback. It can hit an emotional cord or remind us of an awful experience. Unfortunately we have all been on the receiving end of feedback that wasn’t delivered effectively. However, receiving feedback is one of the most transformational gifts we can receive, so why is it so difficult to give and receive? A key responsibility of any manager is to provide open, honest, direct and transparent feedback to [...]

Your Employees are Different, Why Aren’t Your Onboarding Plans?

You did it! You screened hundreds of resumes, compared behavioral data and sat through so many interviews you lost count, but it was all worth it. You hired the perfect candidate for the position and now it’s your time to sit back and let them get to work! Well, not exactly… even the most perfect of candidates can end up as another turn-over statistic without a proper onboarding plan and it happens more often than [...]

Dealing with Disappointment

Parents with school age children understand it’s “spring sport” time. This is a process that happens throughout the year as the seasons change. Tryouts. Teams. Excitement. Disappointment. It can be difficult for a child not to make a team or not get the position they hoped for. It can be difficult for a loved one to help that child when they feel hurt. However, we should view this as an [...]

Can You Inspire Others? Yes! Can You Motivate Others? Not So Much.

I am often asked, “How can I motivate my team members to (fill in the blank).” The simple answer is, “You can’t.” Now, you may be saying to yourself, “Wait a minute, I have motivated people in the past and I have been motivated by someone else in the past. Why can’t I motivate people?” Well, there are two things at play here: inspiration and motivation.  Some of you may think this is a matter [...]

The Gift of Developed Leaders

This season, give your employees the gift of developed leaders. Give the gift of developing their potential to grow into key performers within your organization. Leadership development doesn’t happen by chance. This must be a deliberate focus by an organization. It takes time, it takes effort, and it takes an investment. However, the research and studies support the massive ROI on effective leadership development strategies implemented in all types of organizations. 1. Identify the key [...]

Be Your Best Self—Building your Personal Brand

In a competitive work space, it’s important that we as individuals develop and build our personal brand. Bringing our “best self” to work each day and showcasing our strengths, passions and accomplishments is a way that we can define ourselves and our success.  In our professional lives, it’s one thing to bring our skills and leverage our education but building our brand goes beyond this and should incorporate what really drives and motivates us each [...]

Catalytic Questioning- What it is and What it Taught Me. A Reflection from NEHRA’s 2017 Fall Conference

I had the pleasure of attending NEHRA’s 2017 Fall Conference this past week. Like many other attendees, it was difficult to arrange my schedule to participate and be away from the office for two days. My long To-Do list kept creeping up and telling me I couldn’t afford to be away! However, I reminded myself as I do with my clients, to take the time to do this for myself. At several points throughout the [...]