Are you Ruling or are you Leading?

Our freedoms have been challenged in 2020 perhaps more than the Second World War. Worldwide we’ve all had several situations this year where we lost the ability to make decisions for ourselves. With very few exceptions, we were told to stay at home, and when we could leave, what we needed to experience to go to the bank, grocery store, or perform other errands. The numbers of rules are astounding! And they seem to vary somewhat from week to week (as our government legitimately learns more and more about this virus). People have responded...

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What if We De-Personalized Conflict? Then What?

This week my nephew apologized for a posting on Facebook because he offended people with his strong opinions.  The actual post based on political viewpoints had caused several people to unfriend him. On Facebook, this doesn’t necessarily have long term effects. However, at work, it can and does. The challenge was that people who read his post and disagreed personalized it. This happens all the time in the workplace. This is common in the non-profit organizations that I’m called to work with as some team members have strong passions for...

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You’re Fired … Or Not?

  I was coaching an Executive Director who was contemplating letting a staff member go, but when asked, the person had not been given the candid feedback that could enable them to make effective change. This is not fair to the individual, the team, or the organization. Let’s slow down here and look at some steps to take. Here are some things to ask yourself before you let someone go: 1. Have you spoken to them about the details of your concerns? If not, it’s past time to do so. Do a check-in with yourself to determine your...

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