Camaraderie

Not The Same Old Boring Meeting

I clicked on the link and headed into the virtual meeting. I had no idea what to expect. There was a “title” on the invitation to the meeting, but it was pretty nondescript so I was unprepared for the meeting. I was new to the team and everyone else seemed to fall into a groove…
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Four Things Empathy is Not

Empathy is a powerful emotion that can generate deeper understanding, and it is also an essential skill in every single leadership conversation. The productive dialogue that flows from an empathetic viewpoint  offers alternative perspectives, increases productivity and generates buy-in across the board.  However, a misperception about empathy can cause leaders to hold back from utilizing…
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The Questions You Don’t Know to Ask

Ever had an experience trying to do something new and having all the little things go wrong? It ends up taking way too long and is so frustrating. That was my weekend. Trying the simple task of changing cell phone providers. Oh, if only I would have known what questions I should have been asking…
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Expand Your Mentorship Circle

Achieving our goals has gotten trickier in the last year. As we head into a new year, I would like to propose that a key factor in reaching our 2021 goals may be expanding the way we think about mentoring.   “Mentor” is a verb as well as a noun. It’s entirely possible for someone to mentor…
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So, You’re Looking For A Mentor

Great leaders have personal growth plans. No matter how seasoned of a leader you are, we all have potential for growth. Someone out there is further along. Someone out there has experience to add to your thinking. Someone out there has questions you haven’t even thought to ask.  Mentors are all around us. Who makes…
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Can Mentorship be Reciprocal?

We have heard that it is better to give than to receive. The beauty of reciprocity is that when it comes to mentoring both giving and receiving can co-exist. Mentoring, however, is not on the “radar screen” for everybody. It may be easier to put mentoring to the side because of the energy and effort…
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Side-by-Side Conversations are More Productive

When the heat turns up in our conversations the tendency is to dig in our heels and expect others to adapt to our needs. It can be difficult to modify our natural preferences and engage in dialogue that brings out the best in ourselves and others, especially when we feel “time is of the essence”.…
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Great Things Come From Asking

The ditch that runs alongside every road to great things is neglecting your “ask.” We tend not to ask for help when we need to. Why? We assume our competence depends on us alone. We don’t want to impose on others. We accept the message that we “should” be able to do it on our…
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Lead Through the Complexity of Change

Change is a tricky thing. Sometimes we look forward to it. Sometimes we run from it. Regardless of how we respond, change always has a way of finding us. Learning our natural change style can help us capitalize on our strengths in seasons of change as well as  guard against potential pitfalls. Based on Myers…
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Navigating the Undercurrents of Change

“People don’t change when they are told to. They change when they’re inspired and motivated to.” ~Max Yoder, Do Better Work We can draw up plans. Lay out timelines. Designate the technical and financial resources needed to succeed. And still have change fail. That’s because change is more than the technical side, there is a…
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