Category Archives: Preparation

More Effective Conversations NOW

Most people are overly focused on getting work done and the interpersonal skills required to work well with other people well gets second (or third or fourth) billing. However, if you are looking to have more effective conversations, you can!

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Can You Disagree Without Being Disagreeable?

We seem to be ready to go to opposite corners these days. Managing conflict well requires a set of skills. How the issue is handled is often more critical than the issue itself. Learning how to speak your mind requires a clear set of some rules of engagement. No hitting, no spitting, no threats of bodily harm! You don’t have to pick up your ‘bat and ball’ and vow never to return. We all can manage friction better with some clear guidelines.

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Battle Better

Unless you work with people who were raised exactly as you were raised, went to your school, and had the same financial advantages or disadvantages you did – there are going to be areas where you think differently and have different perspectives and ideas. That can lead to friction.

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Need Talent? Ask the Right Best Questions

The New Year brings with it resolutions to make this year better in some meaningful way than last year. You many have exciting goals, challenging objectives, and positions to fill with new employees. What should you be on the lookout for?

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Will You Fight of Take Flight?

We all have an internal sense that there is a binary choice when confronted with a threat or an uncomfortable situation. This is known as the fight or flight response. When feeling threatened by people or things that create a sense of danger, we choose to fight and take on the threat or depart – to live another day.

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Keep Your Focus on the Boss’s Lack of Focus

When you want to talk with your boss about something that is important to you, do you sometimes get the feeling that they just wish you’d stop talking?! Sure you’ve gotten on their calendar and are eager to have a challenging exchange on a topic that is important to you, it doesn’t seem like it’s all that interesting to your boss.

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Diplomatic of Dishonest

“Do these pants make me look fat?” In an effort to avoid being considered impolite or rude, you may be trying to avoid embarrassment or awkwardness on the part of the other person. That can result in your being less than honest. But if you soften the truth —

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Build a Career of Your Own Design

No matter what kind of deal you made when you were hired, times change. Making changes, however, is not always as important for your employer as it is for you. And creating change is rarely easy. Before you go to negotiate for what you want, you need to break out some Power Tools so that you are more empowered and better prepared for the discussion.

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Back It Up!

I love it when things go exactly as I had planned. Reality mirrors what I’ve pictured in my mind. However, more often than not, reality takes a sharp turn and looks very different than what I had been thinking. That’s when I reach for my Back-Up Plan.

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Help From the Outside

Most folks can’t do it all, don’t have the skills or expertise to do it all, or many don’t have an interest in putting more on their plate than they already have. There are some times when bringing in some outside expertise to keep you focused and manage the communication process can be a critical step in having a successful meeting. program, or project.

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