Category Archives: Training

Hard Truths – For Me AND You

“Good advice often grates on the ear;” so goes a Buddhist maxim. What kind of consultant, trainer, coach, or facilitator do you want?

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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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Help!

How do you get people to ask for help? I know that it is hard to ask for help in an environment that expects and sometimes demands self-sufficiency. A request for support can make people to feel ashamed, fear the loss of control, and worry that they will appear “less than” in the eyes of those who matter. And often those that matter are the same ones that hold the keys to the next promotion.

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Before Your Team Takes a Bow

The last stage of your Project Team’s existence is not the implementation of the project. It’s not the bow during applause, and it isn’t even measuring the all-important ROI.

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Can You Stop the Phone Habit?

Clients often reach out to get a reaction, obtain two cents of input, or for a reality check. I received a link to an article, asking what I thought about the idea of using it as a springboard at a staff meeting, and some good ways to springboard into a […]

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You Don’t Have To Be A Jerk

Do you think that you will end up acting like a jerk if you are confident? If you have the skills to do something, why wouldn’t you have the belief in yourself to perform successfully?

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How is Your EQ?

Being an effective leader takes a lot of work. To get the job done effectively, you have to understand how to get work done through others by planning, applying motivational theory, creating development plans, coaching, communicating and training effectively, providing improvement and reinforcement feedback and having a lot of patience […]

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Laugh and Learn

There can be a lot of laughter in a training room. While the topics are often serious, there is a wonderful relief when people discover that they are not the only ones struggling with issues, personality types, challenging bosses and perplexing employees. In a recent group of supervisors, one participant […]

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Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes: Improving Remote Meetings

In the last few weeks, I’ve conducted several training programs on the topics of both managing remote teams and being a member of a team with remote members. There was a lot of interest in ——

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Just Talent Is Insufficient

I was listening to a faculty member of a Theater Department provide an overview of their philosophy in the preparation of students. I was struck by a particular phrase he used: “Talent without discipline is unreliable.” I can lift that out of preparatory education and insert it directly into any […]

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