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Yes….You Are Working Hard

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Productivity | 0 comments

Yes….You Are Working Hard

More than any other topic I have trained on, I think that I get the most resistance to Time Management training. I think I understand some of the reasons why. People are working really hard and yet, find themselves exhausted and too-often, frustrated. It’s hard to experience those things and simultaneously invite the idea that perhaps your own practices are contributing to it. That’s a lot to swallow. Even if you are meeting all your commitments (but I know many are not), is it your best work, are you delivering on time, or do you have time...

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From Good Intentions to Results: The Value of Good Meetings

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

From Good Intentions to Results: The Value of Good Meetings

When I joined a new organization, I was immediately asked to take over regular meetings attended by the top leaders of two organizations running a collaborative program. The team had been meeting for more than a year and I had a hard time finding evidence of anything other than good intentions. I didn’t do anything special when I took over. I simply implemented meeting management tools for planning and accountability. And I was consistent, so the attendees knew I was serious about driving results. A year later, the team and I were flying to...

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How to Win (or Lose) Your Dream Job

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to Win (or Lose) Your Dream Job

Many years ago I was hiring for an open position in my department. Two internal people applied. I knew the candidates as I had worked with both of them for years. Candidate One had many years of direct experience. She had the stronger resume and interviewed very well. Candidate Two was qualified but did not have the richness of experience. She had a decent interview, but was more nervous. Who do you guess that I hired? I hired Candidate Two. The key to my decision was in the words “I had worked with both of them for years” and Candidate One...

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Making Decisions Work For You

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Career, Productivity, The Human Side | 0 comments

Making Decisions Work For You

I hugged good bye a very close friend who is moving several states away. She is uprooting her teenage children and taking on a challenging new position in a new city. What that also means is that she will be temporarily separated from her husband, leaving a job she loves, and a community she has spent decades in. And while that decision to some sounds excruciating, she is very happy! I know so many people who would be asking themselves repeatedly if they had made the right decision. Was there a truly “right” decision to make? Many decisions...

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“Meeting” Your Leadership Expectations

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Productivity | 1 comment

“Meeting” Your Leadership Expectations

If I could offer you one easy way to improve your credibility and reputation within your company – would you be interested in that advice? What if I told you that not only would you be viewed as a more effective leader, but that you would be saving your organization money and increasing employee job satisfaction while you were at it? Interested? If you want to do all of that – start investing in your meeting management skills. I can hear the groan now; you wanted something more sexy, more glamorous to invest in. But, be honest with yourself....

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Delegation: Get Clear First

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Productivity | 0 comments

Delegation: Get Clear First

“It’s not in my job description” is a common complaint that may gain credibility due to poor delegation practices. There are good reasons to delegate that often benefit the employee and the organization. When delegation is done well, you should see growth in employees, a focus on priority work, and high quality results. If that’s not your experience today, check out my new resource The Why and How of Delegation. I’d love to hear your stories of things gone wrong and great results. And if you try out the...

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Dazzling Graduates will Shine in their Training!

Posted by on Jul 3, 2016 in Training and Presentations | 0 comments

Dazzling Graduates will Shine in their Training!

On Wednesday, June 29th, I had the privilege of working with 15 individuals who provide training for their agencies. They attended my Dazzle Them! Presentation Skills.  And they dazzled in so many ways! Here are key things learned…either by them, by me, or both. They spoke with such passion about the work that they do and the people they serve. In listening to them speak (especially as they learned what Dazzling can sound like!) I had no doubt that I would trust them to work with someone I care about. A special recognition to Catholic...

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Gratitude and Appreciation for Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in The Human Side | 7 comments

Gratitude and Appreciation for Valentine’s Day

Gratitude left unexpressed leaves people feeling unappreciated. There are some holidays that can be harder than others because of expectations about what they mean. Valentine’s Day can be one of those days because for many (myself included) there is no romantic partner to present flowers, go to dinner with, or give the beautiful piece of jewelry. Within those gifts however, is really more than just romantic love. There is a grounding in what that person has brought to your life. And, there are many people that we have that same grounding...

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Be Less Perfect!

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Productivity | 0 comments

Be Less Perfect!

How long did it take you to do more than what was really needed? How many times did you do that this week? What didn’t get done or did you not get to do this week because there wasn’t enough time? I believe in quality always and going the extra step when the people deserve it or the context prompts it. But, I see so many people stressed related to the work in front of them. And not all work is created equal. Not all work requires, demands, nor should be given the gold standard. It simply means you can’t do as much work – or attend to...

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How Fragile Are You? (The Art of Feedback)

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Productivity | 1 comment

How Fragile Are You? (The Art of Feedback)

Do people give you feedback on how you are doing? Do you know whether your boss, co-workers, clients, and customers are thrilled or just tolerant of your contributions? If you don’t know, it may be because you appear just a tad too fragile when feedback has been offered in the past. Or more likely, because you don’t ask for it. Receiving feedback is hard (and so is giving it, a topic for another day), but it is really critical to our ability to contribute, to make a difference, and to grow. And it doesn’t matter what we do. Consider this...

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