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The Value of Acknowledging the Year

The Value of Acknowledging the Year As the end of the year comes closer, I encounter more and more people who are barely hanging in there.  People who’ve spent themselves and who are grateful for the respite that the end of term, end of board meetings, end of projects and looming company shutdowns will bring.  It…

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Are You Outwardly or Inwardly Focused?

Last week we delved into “Creating Safe Spaces for Difficult Discussions” and the fact that the success of everything we do that involves another person or persons literally comes down to how effectively we communicate, whether we can get our point and needs across, and whether we can field a healthy interaction that acknowledges the needs and…

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Creating Safe Spaces for Difficult Discussions

The success of everything we do that involves another person or persons literally comes down to how effectively we communicate, whether we can get our point and needs across, and whether we can field a healthy interaction that acknowledges the needs and differences of another.  This skill is responsible for cohesive growth in any group, be it…

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The Generational Gap – Making It Work!

Over the last two weeks, we’ve been talking about the Generational Gap in the workplace and the differences that can put us at odds.  Every one of us comes at life from our own unique perspective constructed from our life experiences, belief systems and upbringing, and this is starkly evident in our current workplaces.  For…

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The Generational Gap – Gaining Perspective

Last week, we started talking about the fact that, for the first time in history, we have 5 generations in the workplace.  Each generation has come through a different life experience and therefore views life, work, decision making, ethics, you name it, with a slightly different perspective.  To a degree, we can generalise about the…

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Working Together – The Generational Gap

My focus today is at the intersection of three of my favourite subjects: change, perspective, and the unique strengths we all bring to the table. Change is no longer something that happens.  It’s something that’s happen-ING… and one of the biggest changes happening in our teams currently is the dynamic between managers and their teams…

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#5 The Challenges of Leadership – Guiding Change

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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#2 The Challenges of Leadership – Inspiring Others

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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#4 – The Need For Love & Connection

We’re more than halfway through our series on the 6 Core Human Needs and I hope you’ve been able to use these articles to examine your own needs, as well as looking at how these needs show up in other people.  Meeting these 6 Core Needs is at the heart of every decision we make,…

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The Value Exchange

EVERYTHING is a value exchange, and therefore understanding how value is exchanged is the key to successful communication, relationships and business.  I speak often about how fundamental perception is to our understanding of the world and each other, and Value Exchange is directly hooked up to perception. The most common and easily understood method of exchanging…

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