Why Empathetic Leaders Must Read Fiction

Empathy, the necessary human trait of having the ability to share in the feeling of others, is declining in our society. Things have gotten worse, since the article above was published. There are numerous studies on the topic and, of those who care, fingers seem to be pointing to social media, cable news, reality TV…

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How to leave a meeting early

How to Politely Leave a Meeting Early

Would it surprise you to learn my Google Analytics report shows my most searched for blog continues to be “phraseology to leave a meeting early”? And this particular blog was written pre-pandemic! Given the increased volume of meetings now sucking up your time, I felt it best to revisit and update my advice. First of…

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Extroverts…Listen Up!

Have you ever heard of an ambivert? No, it isn’t a West Texas animal or a driverless vehicle. An ambivert (and I confess to being one) is, by definition, “a person whose personality has a balance of extrovert and introvert features.” People assume that because I am a keynote speaker I spend my life dancing,…

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Psychological Safety

5 Strategies to Create a Culture of Psychological Safety

Can you recall a time at work you hesitated to share your thoughts, opinions or truth out of concern for possible embarrassment, rejection or even punishment? Unsafe environments prevent individuals from showing up as themselves, asking questions, raising issues, taking risks or disagreeing. These unhealthy workplaces lower innovation, engagement and productivity, as well as, increasing…

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5 Ways to Create Boundaries (to Avoid Workplace Burnout)

Feeling burned-out? Fried? Crispy? Well-done and over it? Already planning your next weekend on Monday morning at 8:02 a.m.? Oh, that’s right…I forgot. Someone already scheduled their mandatory Monday team meeting for 6:45 a.m. before the 8:00 a.m. staff meeting so your plans will have to wait. Am I being flippant? According to recent employee…

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5 Key Trends Leaders and Teams Must Embrace

Has it only been two years? Pretty much. In that time, we have changed the way we meet, the way we communicate, the way we schedule, our work culture and in the process our work mindsets. The whirlwind brought to us by an infinitesimally small viral particle has changed us as leaders and employees. No…

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6 Ways Leaders Can Support Their Female Workforce in 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic reshaped the modern workplaces across the world and the United States. Unfortunately, women were disproportionately impacted sparking the “She-Cession.” According to McKinsey’s Women in the Workplace annual study, one in four women are considering stepping out or stepping back from the workplace which is unprecedented. Now more than ever, management must holistically…

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Virtual Meeting

7 Strategies for an Impactful Virtual Meeting

Are you guilty of multi-tasking during meetings? Unfortunately, being present during meetings, especially present-day virtual meetings, is so rare, I wish I could bottle and sell it. Here’s a few facts you can toss around the tele-conferencing office (Source: Prezi State of Attention Research): In any online meeting about 95 percent of the audience is…

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The Power of Progress, Not Perfection

As we embrace a New Year filled with lists, promises, or one-word themes, I need to remind all of us that no matter how hard we try, we will never be perfect. We will never be “done.” We are a work in progress. Any self-directed changes we make don’t happen overnight, but over time. Rome…

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