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Let Little Things Be Little Things

Let Little Things Be Little Things

It started like any other monthly call with a vendor, partner, or customer. Then, a small comment or slip by the other party happens, and the frustration wells up and erupts. This particular incident was nothing in itself, but it was one more thing in a series of minor events. It was the last straw, and the dam had burst. Now, they are in scramble mode because they were not aware our frustrations had been building. As I think back,…

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Cordial Political Dialog in the Office

Cordial Political Dialog in the Office

If you want to get a team riled up, drop a political comment into a group conversation and hold on.  Politics are more of a third rail at work than when we gather at the Thanksgiving dinner table.  I can say with confidence that political conversations frequently do not end well.  Oh sure, the casual banter starts off with reasonable engagement, but it quickly devolves into rhetoric as the verbal combatants stop listening and prepare to hurl volleys of poorly…

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Goals are not a Panacea for Achievement

Goals are not a Panacea for Achievement

I have been a strong advocate of S.M.A.R.T. goals.  This method has significant appeal for annual bonus planning and assessing performance achievement.  However, being goal driven in all aspects of your life can be detrimental. What I have begun to understand is that goals always leave me feeling like I am chasing a long-sought reward that never seems to be within my reach.  By moving the objective as soon as I get meaningfully close, I convince myself that striving for…

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Do We Do Enough to Support Employees Emotional Well-Being During Growth Opportunities?

Do We Do Enough to Support Employees Emotional Well-Being During Growth Opportunities?

Many employees’ express yearnings for experiential growth and development opportunities throughout their career.  Frequently, they look to their manager to bring about these opportunities without personally investing in the creation of a development plan.  Astonishingly, it does not work out as either the employee or manager envision.  My experience has taught me that the causes generally break down into two broad groupings.  First, poor engagement leads to insufficient personal commitment.  There is a whole host of reasons why poor engagement…

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