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Take Feedback Into Your Own Hands

Avoiding feedback does not mean that perceptions are not there; it just means that you don’t get to hear what people think of you. People have their opinions about you already; soliciting their feedback merely gives you the chance to hear what they think, so you can choose whether you want to do something about…
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Hiding from a Tough Conversation?

By Annie Perdue Olson | December 10, 2018 |

Tough conversations trigger this primitive flight-fight response. Guards go up. Defensive responses pop into our head, and maybe we even put those thoughts into words. Every leader is faced with starting the tough conversation whether it’s about performance, attitude, relationships, expectations and a multitude of other topics for people who must work together. Today’s tip…

How Much is Conflict Costing You $?

By Annie Perdue Olson | December 3, 2018 |

How many dollars did you spend on conflict last week? We don’t often calculate our people problems in dollars and cents. It is costing you money. It is costing you time. It is costing you results. One study showed: The average employee spends 2.1 hours a week dealing with conflict (instead of their job) One…

When My Feet Do the Choosing

By Annie Perdue Olson | November 19, 2018 |

Ever noticed how your feet do the choosing for you? Our feet take us where we want to go. And sometimes we are going places we didn’t intend to — intention is one thing, but the action we take is another. I believe in being intentional. Without it we become scattered and unfocused. But, being…

Mistakes Are Our Best Teacher

By Annie Perdue Olson | November 5, 2018 |

We have all been there. The moment of regret after we said something we didn’t mean. The promise made, but unfulfilled. Good intentions with unexpected consequences. The knee-jerk reaction to a frustrating situation. The quick decision that became a costly one. In that moment, we might just want to bury our head in the sand,…

Boost Employee Retention

By Annie Perdue Olson | September 18, 2018 |

People who choose to work in ministries or churches get up and go to work every day because they are making a difference. Smart people using their talents and expertise to make the world a better place. While most ministries are known for underpaying and overworking their employees, they compensate by focusing on the people…

Do the Dance of Communication

By Annie Perdue Olson | September 6, 2018 |

Wouldn’t it be awesome if we just woke up one morning great communicators? We would know what to say, how to say it and when to speak or keep quiet. Results would be positive influence, greater connection, better collaboration, sustainable results and more! However, communication is a dance that takes two partners moving together in…