Lessons About Conflict from the Beautiful Jack Pine Tree

Like the Jack Pine, teams need to embrace conflict to be successful.

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The Real Impacts of Poor Team Dynamics

Often reduced to petty interpersonal disagreements, poor team dynamics impact every aspect of your organization, both internal and external. As a team dynamics consultant, I’m called upon when these team dynamics are challenging. Common symptoms of my clients at the beginning are infighting, silos, personal disagreements, high rates of sick time and staff turnover, to name a few. Yet many Executive Directors negate the seriousness of these dynamics to being just interpersonal conflict. Let’s take one non-profit organization/client I...

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I Forgive You

Forgiveness is actually a selfish process. It happens when we decide that we no longer want the other person to “rent space for free in our heads” and choose to let go.

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Honesty and Respect in the House of Commons or in the Common Team?

Here’s how the House of Commons could operate differently if we lived in never-never land.

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Gossip: The Cancer for Trust and Team Dynamics

You see your staff gathered around the proverbial water cooler and connecting with co-workers. Perhaps they are catching up on what’s happened over the weekend. So, how does this inane behaviour become like a cancer? It happens when the conversation wanders off course and people start conversations with, “Did you hear that Sally in accounting…” Sometimes you may be inadvertently passing on dishonest and inaccurate information. I’ve worked with organizations where gossip was abundant and it appeared to be a symptom, as well as, cause...

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