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Using Nonviolent Communication in the Workplace

It might seem obvious, but there is no place in the workplace for violent communication. Nonviolent communication involves more than simply not being violent, however. Let’s take a look at what nonviolent communication in the workplace encompasses and how we, as leaders, can create the kind of environment we want for our organization. Nonviolent Communication

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Onboarding Employees for Success

If you are a leader who is hiring, it’s extremely vital to have an effective onboarding process in place in order to curb turnover and increase the rate of retention for new hires. The cost to an organization can be significant if employees leave within a short period of time – not only financially, but

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3 Tips to Transition from Peer to Supervisor

Making the move from coworker to manager can – and should – be something to celebrate. It’s not a milestone everyone reaches. If you have the opportunity to take on a leadership role after working as an individual contributor, there could also be a few bumps in the road. Here are 3 tips to successfully

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Practicing Empathy and Compassion in the Workplace

Being a successful leader encompasses far more than literally telling your employees what needs to be done. Not only should leaders be able to handle unexpected situations, including those like navigating through an economic downturn and a global emergency, but they must also listen to their staff in order to better guide them to do

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Using Personality Assessments in the Workplace

Personality assessments are being used more often in the hiring process. These tests can help business owners learn more about prospective employees, including their strengths and weaknesses. A 2011 poll by the Society for Human Resource Management found that almost 20% of nearly 500 Human Relations professionals used a personality assessment during the hiring process.

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How Leaders Can Help Employees Manage Change

Change is inevitable. Navigating change can be challenging, however; especially if you are a leader who wants to help your employees successfully manage change. With so many external forces currently contributing to unprecedented stressors (e.g., pandemic, racial issues, politics), it’s important that leaders are aware how some of the changes may be affecting their workers.

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Top 3 Job Hunting Strategies for Corporate Leaders

As a corporate leader, searching for a job is no longer as simple as seeing a We’re Hiring! sign in a storefront and submitting an application. To improve your chances of finding the best corporate leader job, it’s important to have a plan in place before you start. You should have a clear vision for

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Presentation Skills for Leaders

As a leader, proficient presentation skills are necessary to encourage the audience to make some kind of change. An effective presentation inspires action. If a presentation is merely delivering information, it probably won’t have the desired effect of eliciting the type of initiative a leader wants to see in a team or in any part

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Being a Better Listener as a Leader

Being a Better Listener as a Leader

Listening almost seems as though it’s a lost art, especially in the current digital age. After all, no listening skills are needed if you’re communicating via text or email, right? However, communication skills are still required no matter how messages are being sent or received. When you are communicating with someone face to face or

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Getting to Know Your New Boss

There are many reasons why you might experience a change in managers. Perhaps you are a new hire to an organization. Or your current boss is replaced by another leader. Maybe you have changed teams and are now reporting to someone different. Whenever one of my clients experiences a change like this first they want

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The Importance of Learning Agility

How often have you been faced with a new situation, and you do not know what to do? Knowing what to do when you do not know what to do is learning agility. It is about applying past experiences, insight, reflection, and other skills in new ways to fit the current situation. This is a

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Get Fit for Leadership

What does fitness have to do with leadership? So you know the drill….long hours spent putting out fires all day and no time to think or process information. You are expected to make quick decisions (that may or may not backfire on you). During a long workday you barely have time to eat because you

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Behaviors That Put Your Leadership at Risk

Today’s workplace can be challenging, even dysfunctional, and many things may seem outside of your control – like climbing the corporate ladder. Are you trying to improve your skills and get promoted amidst these roadblocks? Did you know that you might be sabotaging your efforts with seven flawed behaviors? Not only that, but you may

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Too Busy? Delegate to Mitigate

Are you constantly putting out fires, micromanaging your team, or simply want to accomplish more? If you have problems like these, then change your thinking to get different results. Make delegation part of your mitigation plan. All successful leaders know that delegating is the key to leveraging their time and empowering their team. Here are

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Problem Solve with an Opportunity Mindset

In most organizations, problems occur daily and it is important to address them quickly. A problem is generally a question or situation that involves doubt, difficulty, uncertainty, or choices. You can tell when there is a problem because there will be roadblocks, confusion, dissension, angry customers, unhappy employees, and many other business dilemmas. In an

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Empathy: A Critical Leadership Skill

If you think the words leadership and empathy are contradictory, then think again. Developing empathy is the top priority for over 70% of my clients. One client made the following statement in his first session, “I’ve gotten feedback from my wife, my manager, and my customers that I need to be more empathetic. I’m not

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Building Relationships with Assertive Communication

Building Relationships with Assertive Communication

As a leader, you understand the importance of building healthy personal and professional relationships. Using assertive communication allows you to build those relationships. When you communicate well you can exude confidence, persuade others, and manage conflict better. You are also better equipped to motivate your team and provide feedback. Assertive communication is a method of productively

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How To Keep Your Leadership Skills Alive

Companies are in constant flux and are being bombarded daily by change, chaos, and new priorities. As a leader how do you keep up, stay agile, and shift context at a moment’s notice? One way is to keep growing and expanding your skills. In other words, keep your skills alive. Aside from formal education and

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How to Fuel Your Motivation

How many times have you set goals that you never achieved? Somewhere along the way you got derailed, lost interest, and lost motivation. It is common so do not beat yourself up about it. Instead, look at it realistically. To achieve a goal, you must commit to it which takes energy, discipline, and focus. In

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How to Manage Your Emotions at Work

Do you find yourself getting frustrated with coworkers, feeling defensive in conversations, unable to resolve conflict at work, being angry when receiving feedback, or nervous when delivering feedback? If so, these are all signs that your emotions may be running the show. Emotions like frustration, defensiveness, anger, or nervousness can derail an interaction or, at

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Do You Have an Emotional Plan for Retirement?

Many people look forward to retirement. The clients I work with have mixed feelings about this topic because their situations differ. Some have been displaced, offered early retirement, hit retirement age, or decide to leave the corporate world to start their own business. About 20% of my clients fall into one of these categories, and

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