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There are so many valuable opinions and ideas around.  Not all of them fit with my value system, or are along lines I agree with; but when I find something that resonates with me, I want to share it!!  I'd love to know what you're reading too - so feel free to shoot me an email and tell me! (christen@makingteamswork.co)

Finding Balance Before We Explode

By Christen Killick | Oct 14, 2019 |

I’m often asked two questions about these Monday articles – how I decide what to write about, and when I write it.  Sometimes what I write about is a series of relevant thoughts or topics, but mostly, I write about what’s come up within the teams I’m working with or what seems repeatedly current enough…

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Are You Ready For The Q4 Speed-Up?

By Christen Killick | Oct 7, 2019 |

It’s here!  October.  The last remaining quarter of 2019.  I find that both a scary and exciting prospect all at the same time, and I’ve felt that enough times to know that the year speeds up from here.  Soon, there will be Christmas decorations and carols in the supermarket.  We’ll be barrelling towards work shutdown…

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#6 The Challenges of Leadership – Managing Internal Stakeholders

By Christen Killick | Sep 30, 2019 |

Welcome to the final week of our 6 part series on The Challenges of Leadership, based on a white paper by William A. Gentry, Regina H. Eckert, Sarah A. Stawiski, and Sophia Zhao.  Our final challenge of the 6 is managing internal stakeholders, which is described as the managing of relationships, politics, and image.  This…

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#5 The Challenges of Leadership – Guiding Change

By Christen Killick | Sep 24, 2019 |

We’ve come to the 5th Leadership Challenge in our 6 part series – the challenge of Guiding Change.  According to William A. Gentry, Regina H. Eckert, Sarah A. Stawiski, and Sophia Zhao’s whitepaper on the subject, guiding change is described as managing, mobilizing, understanding, and leading change.  It includes knowing how to mitigate consequences, overcome…

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#4 The Challenges of Leadership – Leading A Team

By Christen Killick | Sep 16, 2019 |

In our 6-part series on the 6 Common Challenges of Leadership, based on a white paper by William A. Gentry, Regina H. Eckert, Sarah A. Stawiski, and Sophia Zhao, our 4th challenge is Leading a Team. So far, we’ve looked at Developing Managerial Effectiveness, Inspiring Others, and Developing Employees – all of which play their…

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#3 The Challenges of Leadership – Developing Employees

By Christen Killick | Sep 10, 2019 |

This is the third article in our series on the 6 Common Challenges of Leadership, based on a white paper by William A. Gentry, Regina H. Eckert, Sarah A. Stawiski, and Sophia Zhao.  So far, we’ve looked at Developing Managerial Effectiveness, and Inspiring Others.  Developing Employees is described as “The challenge of developing others, including…

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#2 The Challenges of Leadership – Inspiring Others

By Christen Killick | Sep 2, 2019 |

Last week, we started a series on the 6 Common Challenges of Leadership, based on a white paper by William A. Gentry, Regina H. Eckert, Sarah A. Stawiski, and Sophia Zhao.  We took a look at Developing Managerial Effectiveness because, with the best will in the world, the chances are good that when we reach…

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The Challenges of Leadership

By Christen Killick | Aug 29, 2019 |

Welcome back to our Monday morning articles.  Having spent one of the last two Mondays travelling and the other on half term break with my son, one of the most presently important points for me seems to be balance.  We’ve spoken about balance over the previous few weeks when we addressed the 6 Core Human…

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Are You Off Balance – And What Are You Doing About It?

By Christen Killick | Aug 5, 2019 |

Over the past 7 weeks, we’ve spoken about the 6 Core Human Needs that govern our decisions and behaviour, and I’m currently in the middle of a week of workshops for various teams and groups on Stress Awareness & Management.  What both of these intensely personal subjects have in common is balance, or the lack…

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6 Core Human Needs – The Bottom Line

By Christen Killick | Jul 29, 2019 |

We’ve examined the 6 Core Human Needs that drive us all over the past few weeks and worked our way through each one of them.  These needs are universal and meeting them governs all our decisions and behaviours – sometimes not so positively.  What makes us all unique is how we weight or prioritise these…

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