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S.L.A.M. Say Less; Ask More

S.L.A.M. Say Less; Ask More

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” Edith Wharton, a novelist Many people confuse leading people with managing people and caring for or loving people with worry or concern for them. When we worry about another...

Part 3 of 5 – Program Design

Part 3 of 5 – Program Design

• 90% of organizations don’t use a planning process      • People focus on desired results only 50% of the time    • 71% of people are disengaged     • 88% of companies lack an effective plan to grow Gallup Organization You successfully started your business and now...

Are You a Transactional or a Transformational Leader?

Are You a Transactional or a Transformational Leader?

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” Sam Walton Transactional leadership or transactional management is the part of one style of leadership that...

Powerful Leaders Create Other Leaders

Powerful Leaders Create Other Leaders

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." John Quincy Adams   "The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an...

Are My People Responsible Even When No One’s Watching?

Are My People Responsible Even When No One’s Watching?

“Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.” S. Lewis   For years, I have been spitting in the soup of leaders using control models whether in homes, schools, community organizations or businesses. Engaging in control models is choosing...

Why Ditch Annual Performance Appraisals

Why Ditch Annual Performance Appraisals

“You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both of those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self-motivation.” Homer Rice, a former American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator   Today one of my instructors...

Ripping Out ALL the Roots

Ripping Out ALL the Roots

“To be a human being means to possess a feeling of inferiority which constantly presses towards its own conquest. The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge for conquest and the more violent the emotional...

When Everything Falls to Pieces

When Everything Falls to Pieces

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free   Without a stable foundation, all your hard work and dreams will crumble. Do you have the foundation you need when shift hits the fan? If...

Power Distance Index – Managing Relationships with Authority

Power Distance Index – Managing Relationships with Authority

“Some societies and religions have a tendency to expand the moral circle and to consider all humans as belonging to a single moral community.” Geert Hofstede, Social Psychologist I was re-reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers and he hit upon a theme I see a lot...

Globalization – Embracing Our Oneness

Globalization – Embracing Our Oneness

“Accordingly, globalization is not only something that will concern and threaten us in the future, but something that is taking place in the present and to which we must first open our eyes.”      Ulrich Beck, German Sociologist and Social Scientist I am writing this...

Task Ownership

Task Ownership

“The educator must believe in the potential power of his pupil, and he must employ all his art in seeking to bring his pupil to experience this power.” Alfred Adler, Psychologist Task ownership Task ownership is when a person is accountable to recognize and adopt...

The Absence of Punishment in Our Schools

The Absence of Punishment in Our Schools

While this article is about schools, the information on trauma-informed and why use of punishment and rewards are counter-productive, is relevant not only in schools but in all organizations and to everyone within them. As is our practice when posting industry...

The Key to Employee Engagement

The Key to Employee Engagement

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”                         ~Viktor Frankl In order to understand employee engagement, you must first understand what...

A Time To Rise Up!

A Time To Rise Up!

“She was fire and life. She was awe and starlight.” ― Nadine Brandes, Author, Fawkes “O my Courageous Sister! You have to become the beacon of hope for all women around you and then for the whole society.” ― Abhijit Naskar, Author The Bengal Tigress: A Treatise on...

Spitting In The Soup

Spitting In The Soup

People are always motivated. It’s not anyone’s job to motivate others. People can control themselves. They can do what’s right and don’t need approval or shaming to do so. They don’t need to be enabled. The problem is we don’t have faith in people nor do we know how to effectively teach them to pick up responsibility for things that are theirs to own. When we learn to do so, others can become accountable, caring and fully engaged, making a positive difference in your business.

The Path (Back) to Being Authentic

The Path (Back) to Being Authentic

“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. Great men have always done so, and confided themselves childlike to the genius of their...

Engaging People In Life and Work

Engaging People In Life and Work

“Personal power is the ability to stand on your own two feet with a smile on your face in the middle of a universe that contains a million ways to crush you.” ― J.Z. Colby, Journey As a business leader, you don’t want to be one of those million ways to crush people....

It’s Never Too Late…To Create A Life You Love

It’s Never Too Late…To Create A Life You Love

“It is not always sunshine that splits the seed cleaving the armor, releasing the shoot. Darkness makes the heart’s case fragile. Pain breaks it open. Courage teases out the leaves and life unfurls and expands, thrusting upwards into light.” -Heidi Thomas, Call the...

Honesty is the Best Policy – or is it?

Honesty is the Best Policy – or is it?

“Failure of an employee to speak up in a crucial moment cannot be seen. This is true whether that employee is on the front lines of customer service or sitting next to you in the executive board room. And because not offering an idea is an invisible act, it's hard to...

Why Transparency CAN Become a Bloodbath

Why Transparency CAN Become a Bloodbath

“Killers aren't always assassins. Sometimes, they don't even have blood on their hands.”   ~ Ruta Sepetys, Author I once knew a school teacher who quit her job teaching 8th graders (which she loved) to work for my company transforming school cultures where leaders...

Managing Frustrations in a Frustrating World

Managing Frustrations in a Frustrating World

"Face challenges, fear, and frustration by seeking out knowledge and opportunities for growth."  ~ Fanny Mairena Today’s leaders must be powerful without entering into the fray caused by frustration. They must refrain from the all-to-often ugly, closed-hearted...

Discarding the Monster Box

Discarding the Monster Box

“A man who picks up a cat by its tail will learn a lesson he can learn no other way.”     ~ Mark Twain Your business will improve if you remember some important facts. One is that we are all more alike than different. The other is that we must all put away the monster...

Google’s Former Head of HR Issues a Warning

Google’s Former Head of HR Issues a Warning

All Business Owners and Leadership Teams Should Read Culture matters, now more than ever. Laszlo Bock shares three reasons the timing has never been better to invest in your organization's culture. Culture influences decisions, and decisions make or break businesses....

Managing Evolutionary Change

Managing Evolutionary Change

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ― Albert Einstein   “Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see...

Upgrading Our Human Systems

Upgrading Our Human Systems

“The time is now. Because in this time of change, the world needs every one of us to stand in our power, reach our highest potential, share our gifts and be the best that we can be. Humanity can no longer accept antiquated definitions, labels and metaphors about how...

Hispanic Heroes

Hispanic Heroes

Note: While this article was written for Autentico and focused on Hispanic leadership, the concepts within are applicable to all people. “You are not lucky to be here. The world needs your perspective. They are lucky to have you.” Antonio Tijerino, CEO, Hispanic...

Is Love More Powerful Than Hate?

Is Love More Powerful Than Hate?

“You are a child of God. You’re playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.”                          Marianne Williamson I often ask, “How many of you see struggles within...

Agility and Resiliency – A Formula for Success

Agility and Resiliency – A Formula for Success

"The game of business used to be like football: size mattered. Then it changed to basketball: speed and agility. Today business is more like chess: customer priorities change continually, and the signals given by these changes are vital clues to the next cycle of...

Mentoring: Your Competitive Advantage

Mentoring: Your Competitive Advantage

“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” Steven Spielberg When we work in organizational culture change, our clients initially focus on the new concepts and tools in our...

Resilience and Agility: The Dynamic Duo for The New World of Work

Resilience and Agility: The Dynamic Duo for The New World of Work

"Most notably, this study shows that high agility is associated with much higher levels of depression and anxiety risk when combined with low resilience. In essence, agility produces negative mental health consequences when the employee cannot be resilient. " Read...

Breaking the Addiction to Approval

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” Friedrich Nietzsche Someone recently asked...

Is Your Workplace Psychologically Safe?

Is Your Workplace Psychologically Safe?

“In general, only a child who feels safe dares to grow forward healthily. His safety needs must be gratified. He can’t be pushed ahead, because the ungratified safety needs will remain forever underground, always calling for satisfaction.”Abraham Maslow You see it all...

Devil’s Advocate and Brutal Honesty

Devil’s Advocate and Brutal Honesty

“Never play the Devil’s Advocate. Your words could be the difference between success and failure in someone else.” Ingrid Weir Too often I hear people say, “I’m going to play Devil’s advocate now” to which I quickly reply, “Please don’t. The Devil has too many...

The Crucial Role of Honor, Dignity and Respect

The Crucial Role of Honor, Dignity and Respect

“Do the best that you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”Maya Angelou All one has to do is turn on the news or get on social media to see that honoring oneself and one another and treating oneself and others with dignity and respect are...

Teal Organizations

Teal Organizations

The Teal paradigm refers to the next stage in the evolution of human consciousness.[1] When applied to organizations, this paradigm views the organization as an independent force with its own purpose, and not merely as a vehicle for achieving management's objectives....

Just Use Common Sense, Or Should You?

Just Use Common Sense, Or Should You?

A woman was preparing a roast and as was her common practice she cut off both ends of it and threw them away. One day her husband asked, “Why do you always cut off the ends and throw them away?” to which she replied, “That’s how my mother always did it.” The man then...

When You Can’t Help or Fix A Relationship

When You Can’t Help or Fix A Relationship

Don’t blame a clown for acting like a clown. Ask yourself why you keep going to the circus. ~ Unknown Sometimes we keep going to the circus because we don't realize that's where we are. Someone recently asked, “what would you tell a person going through a divorce?” My...

Kinds Of People You Need

Kinds Of People You Need

"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties." Harry Truman No matter what your role, you have an important mission and vision to fulfill at both work and home. You also have...

Meeting Our Needs and Those Of Others

Meeting Our Needs and Those Of Others

Our Basic Social Needs: Belonging and Significance Beyond basic survival, we all want to experience a healthy sense of belonging and significance through our four core social needs: to  feel powerful, lovable, connected and contributing. These four...

The Courage To Be Disliked

The Courage To Be Disliked

“When we least expect it, life sets up a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back....

5 Top Challenges In Today’s Workplace

5 Top Challenges In Today’s Workplace

“Culture lives in the collective hearts and habits of people and their shared perception of how things are to be done. The #1 advantage for the ‘organization of tomorrow’ is investing in a Human System that creates a NEW KIND OF TEAM in which people are motivated...

Your Secret Weapon: Informal Influencers

Your Secret Weapon: Informal Influencers

To get these influencers to model the desired behaviour, you need their buy-in. Gather them together for a closed-door session and explain why their role is crucial. Often, it just takes an open conversation to help them understand the new cultural changes. If they...

Advantages of Cross-Functional Teamwork

Advantages of Cross-Functional Teamwork

One of the biggest challenges leaders face, according to Deloitte, is organizational design. Specifically, redesigning their structures through teams. The line and block hierarchy found on a company org chart isn’t how work actually gets accomplished. Let’s face it,...

DUP Global Human Capital Trends

DUP Global Human Capital Trends

This workforce is changing. It’s more digital, more global, diverse, automation-savvy, and social media- proficient. At the same time, business expectations, needs, and demands are evolving faster than ever before. While some view this as a challenge, we see it as an...

The Rise of The Social Enterprise

The Rise of The Social Enterprise

THE SYMPHONIC C-SUITE: TEAMS LEADING TEAMS Senior leaders can’t afford to work in silos in today’s complex, dynamic environment. The goal is to act as a symphony of experts playing in harmony—instead of a cacophony of experts who sound great alone, but not together....

Reciprocal Care in Hierarchical Exchange

Reciprocal Care in Hierarchical Exchange

Leaders play a key role in creating a work environment that enables employees to fulfill their creative and innovative potential, generate new ideas, and implement those ideas. This is a challenging task because generating and developing novel ideas often involve...

Creating a Culture of Digital Transformation in 2018

Creating a Culture of Digital Transformation in 2018

It wasn't the technology. What they needed was a fundamental shift in the way their employees worked to get things done. While the new front-end solution was a great improvement, the assumption was that their employees would start using it as soon as it was turned on....

The Ideal Millennial Work Environment

The Ideal Millennial Work Environment

There are a number of things that guide millennials in the workplace. They want to be happier than their parents, find more purposeful work and work with better companies. Millennials want their companies to align with their values. But with all these desires, what...

The Agile Cultural Shift

The Agile Cultural Shift

Today’s rapidly changing, digitally infused markets and the intensifying fight for customers demand that organizations execute with unprecedented speed and agility. To address this reality, enterprises are looking for an edge; and, for many, that edge is embracing...

If Not Punishment, Then What?

If Not Punishment, Then What?

Toxic Shame is a neurotic, irrational feeling of worthlessness, humiliation, self-loathing and paralyzing feeling that has been inflicted onto an individual through repeated, traumatic experiences often, but not always, rooted in childhood.   When shame becomes...

How Can I Motivate Them?

How Can I Motivate Them?

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."      John Quincy Adams In my work with clients, I often hear, “How can I motivate this person to do what they’re supposed to? They’re lazy. They’re unmotivated.” The...

Intention Equals Results

Intention Equals Results

 “The truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is.” Winston Churchill Intention is a function of our minds and is a causal activity. In other words, whether we use our minds consciously or...

Authentic Power

Authentic Power

Do you trust people to want and choose to be caring, and accountable without coercion? Do you make it your mission to develop their initiative or to control them instead? Consider today’s research quoted in an article entitled The Rise of American...

When Winning Turns Into Losing

When Winning Turns Into Losing

“How tricky is this ego that it would tempt us with a promise of something we already possess.” Jim Carrey My daughter, a practicing attorney, was recently offered a great job in a small boutique law firm and was enjoying the process of getting to know the staff,...

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Emotional Presence: It’s Good Business!

Emotional Presence: It’s Good Business!

"The affairs of the heart are directly connected to the brain and it's theheart's natural intelligence that must be unfolded for the brain to operate with greater efficiency."         Magical Child, Joseph Chilton Pearce, Plume, 1992 Imagine you’re with a prospect...

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Be THE Decisive Element

Be THE Decisive Element

"I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an...

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Commit to Personal Responsibility

Commit to Personal Responsibility

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: That the moment one...

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Embrace the Edge of the Unknown

Embrace the Edge of the Unknown

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable."  Helen Keller For most business owners, living on the edge of the unknown is a familiar feeling and I’m...

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Right Under My Nose

Right Under My Nose

“Developing an awareness of life beyond your immediate surroundings brings a healthy restlessness which, if infused with peace and used well, can be a foundation for positive change in the world.”   Dadi Janki, Brahmakumaris Chief Auto-Pilot: Operating In A Blind...

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Disengagement is Betrayal

Disengagement is Betrayal

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to...

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Accountability IS Happiness!

Accountability IS Happiness!

"While it doesn't sound too exciting, I believe happiness is being 100% accountable for your life.”   Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love I couldn’t agree more. Being accountable is taking 100% responsibility for your relationships, your motivation, how...

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Encouragement vs. Praise

Encouragement vs. Praise

“Humans need encouragement much like plants need water… We constantly encourage or discourage those around us and thereby contribute materially to their greater or lesser ability to function.” Rudolf Dreikurs, Author, Psychologist Discouraged people are those most in...

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Like PB&J, Freedom & Responsibility

Like PB&J, Freedom & Responsibility

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.”   Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents What would our world be like, (including our homes, schools and places of...

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Become the Best Version of YOU!

Become the Best Version of YOU!

“The actual processes of individuation---the conscious coming-to-terms with one’s own inner center (psychic nucleus) or Self---generally begins with a wounding of the personality and the suffering that accompanies it. This initial shock amounts to a sort of a “call,”...

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Loved AND Lovable

Loved AND Lovable

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Elizabeth Appell In my work, I help people take the risk to blossom. I tell business leaders, employees, educators and parents that all people have 4 core...

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Inadequacy: I Can’t, So Leave Me Alone!

Inadequacy: I Can’t, So Leave Me Alone!

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” Henry Ford Ever know a person who feels like the human version of Eeyore? They assume “I can’t” and refuse to try. Their behavior communicates, “Just leave me alone”. They look and act pathetic. They...

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Be Your Most Imaginal Self!

Be Your Most Imaginal Self!

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” Proverb Consider the following ellipses from the books “Butterfly,” by Norie Huddle, and “Waking the Global Heart,” by Anodea Judith. Caterpillars are consumers that eat non-stop. They...

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Choose Helpful AND Harmless

Choose Helpful AND Harmless

"It always seems impossible until it is done"   Nelson Mandela I often reflect on how many people are “checked out” at work, home, and school; they are suffering and barely surviving, rather than overcoming and thriving. The main reason for this outcome is that...

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Become the Hero You’ve Been Waiting For

Become the Hero You’ve Been Waiting For

"True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost."   Arthur Ashe Too many people stubbornly believe it’s necessary and justifiable to use control methods....

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Get More Selfish!

Get More Selfish!

"Whether you believe it a moral imperative or enlightened self-interest, securing the conditions that will lead to a healthy, prosperous future for everyone is a goal I believe we all share." Bill Gates We are often appalled by selfish people. They grasp and take...

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Your Powerful Agreements

Your Powerful Agreements

"Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive –to be alive and express what we really are. Just being our self is the biggest fear of humans." Don Miguel Ruiz  "There is no neutral. We are either part of the problem or part of...

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Motivation From The Inside Out

Motivation From The Inside Out

"Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to because THEY want to do it."   Dwight D. Eisenhower For centuries as a people, we have opted to use control measures such as command-and-control management (eliciting fear and resentment),...

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Transforming Discouragement

Transforming Discouragement

“Inferiority feelings rule the mental life and can be clearly recognized in the sense of deficiency and dissatisfaction, and in uninterrupted struggles both within individuals and humanity.” Alfred Adler, Psychiatrist, 1870-1937 The Current Dilemma It’s clear that our...

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Millennials: Canaries In The Coal Mine

Millennials: Canaries In The Coal Mine

“Age is no better, hardly so well, qualified for an instructor as youth, for it has not profited so much as it has lost.” Henry David Thoreau, Walden & Civil Disobedience A canary in the coal mine refers to a time when canaries (birds) were carried down into mine...

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Keep Moving Forward Into Transformation

Keep Moving Forward Into Transformation

“If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, keep moving forward.”Martin Luther King Imagine you commit to construct conditions in which creativity, caring, and exceptional results are priority,...

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Put YOUR Stake in the Ground

Put YOUR Stake in the Ground

“Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.” Rocky Balboa Anything worth doing is worth doing completely. Yet, often we hold back commitment waiting for reassurance and commitment from others first. Doing this is understandable but not helpful. A...

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Be Unconsciously Competent

Be Unconsciously Competent

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” “We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us". Joseph Campbell, Author Often, we are afraid to make even positive changes because we have long-standing...

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The Education Of Our Children

The Education Of Our Children

“Consider the kingdom you have made and judge its worth fairly. Is it worthy of a child of God? Does it protect his peace and shine love upon him? Does it keep his heart untouched by fear and allow him to give always, without any sense of loss? Does it teach him that...

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I Can’t be a Good Boss & a Friend too

I Can’t be a Good Boss & a Friend too

“To power up the whole system involves learning to bring the heart and mind into a creative joint venture. Heart intelligence supplies balanced strength and allows more of one's individual spirit -- the passionate actualization of one's core values -- to come...

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Cruelest Three Words: “Get Over It!”

Cruelest Three Words: “Get Over It!”

"The purpose of all relationships is to create a sacred context within which you can express the fullness of who you are." Neale Donald Walsh In my work, the greatest setbacks and arrested development of people is connected with a preponderance of intolerance with...

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Men & Women Leading Together

Men & Women Leading Together

"In the end, what will hurt the most is not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends."     Martin Luther King, Jr. I sent a TED talk to a male friend, entitled Violence Against Women; it’s a Men’s Issue, by Jackson Katz. I was deeply moved because...

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The Need for Patience & Reassurance

The Need for Patience & Reassurance

“It's not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even - or rather, especially - when we'd prefer not to be.” Josh Radnor, Director, Author The...

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The Power of Mentoring

The Power of Mentoring

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” ― Plato “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be...

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Does The World Need More of This?

Does The World Need More of This?

"There is no neutral. We are either part of the problem or part of the solution." Marianne Williamson A Crucial Question As we head into every new year, a really great question to consider as we think, speak and act at work and home is, “Does the world need more...

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The Courage To Change & Grow

The Courage To Change & Grow

"An unexamined life is not worth living" Plato Here it is another New Year's Day! It’s a time to reflect, re-set, and re-create. We consider our health, wealth, relationships, spirituality, and our purpose and visions. Many get determined to set new goals. That got me...

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When We Fear Consequences

When We Fear Consequences

“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge, can raise men to the Divine.”Ludwig vonBeethoven One of the things I notice about many people (including myself) is that we often become paralyzed in our will because we fear...

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Successfully Navigate The Future

Successfully Navigate The Future

"The most exciting breakthroughs of the twenty-first century will not occur because of technology, but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human."John Naisbitt Whether you welcome or resist it, change is happening at the speed of imagination now,...

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Cover Story: Me Too: Unwrapping Abuse Systems

Cover Story: Me Too: Unwrapping Abuse Systems

"An insight the size of a mustard seed is powerful enough to bring down a mountain-sized illusion that may be holding our lives together. Truth strikes without mercy. We fear our intuitions because we fear the transformational power within our revelations.” Caroline...

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5 Articles That Reveal The Real Value of Employee Engagement

5 Articles That Reveal The Real Value of Employee Engagement

“The challenge is to see engagement not as a one-off activity, but as a holistic view of the employee experience… That means everything from the first moment the person applies for a job all the way through to managing work schedules, getting performance reviews, and...

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Perceptual Blindness

Perceptual Blindness

 “Change blindness in the world of facts and knowledge is a problem. Sometimes we are exposed to new facts and simply filter them out. But more often we have to go out of our way in order to learn something new. Our blindness is not a failure to see the new fact;...

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The Preponderance of Neglect

The Preponderance of Neglect

"Most organizations don’t fall apart as a result of one big blow. Most relationships don’t end because of one grand argument. Most lives don’t fall to pieces due to one sad event. No, I suggest to you that sustained failure happens as the consequence of small, daily...

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Culture Trumps Strategy But Purpose Trumps Everything

Culture Trumps Strategy But Purpose Trumps Everything

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson...

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Why Are We So Stuck?

Why Are We So Stuck?

"One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency."Arnold H. Glasgow This is a challenging time to be American. On the one hand people are talking about recurrent themes such as inequality, disrespect, violence,...

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Choose You

Choose You

“Most men (and women) lead lives of quiet desperation and die with their song still inside them.”Henry David Thoreau It’s difficult for many people, especially women, to choose themselves in their own lives and then they lead lives of quiet desperation. I...

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Who Says You’re Not Like The Dalai Lama!?

Who Says You’re Not Like The Dalai Lama!?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate… Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”Nelson Mandela How is it that we often forget our true glorious nature and cling to the weakest view of our self instead? It is as if we have these trauma-moments...

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Life Is Calling YOU!

Life Is Calling YOU!

“You are braver than you think, more talented than you realize.” R. Bennett I watched a documentary on the pyramids recently and learned something that made me hopeful while confirming what I have already felt intuitively. Despite appearances, we are moving out of a...

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Leader-Follower Agility Is Crucial

Leader-Follower Agility Is Crucial

“Innovation is key. Only those who have the agility to change with the market and innovate quickly will survive.” Robert Kiyosaki “Success today requires the agility and drive to constantly rethink, reinvigorate, react, and reinvent.” Bill Gates Change is happening...

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Teal is the Trend. What Color is Your Organization?

Teal is the Trend. What Color is Your Organization?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist “Management is, above all, a practice where art, science, and craft meet.” Henry...

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Is My Business Agile?

Is My Business Agile?

“I submit that there must be a commitment to, practice of, and execution of professional common behaviors and the presence of highly communicated standardized organizational expectations - without which there are no supports upon which the Agile/SAFe bar can be...

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Activate All Super Powers

Activate All Super Powers

“I AM a sacred cocoon, a place to dismantle what no longer serves, and allow new, bright, and free possibilities to emerge. I am safe, supported and healed into the best version of myself and available to provide the same for others.”Judy Ryan, CEO Why activate?...

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What Does “I’m Right; You’re Wrong” Cost?

What Does “I’m Right; You’re Wrong” Cost?

“Remember, we see the world not as it is but as we are. Most of us see through the eyes of our fears and our limiting beliefs and our false assumptions.” Robin S. Sharma “Don't Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want....

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Bridging Differences For Diversity & Inclusion Excellence!

Bridging Differences For Diversity & Inclusion Excellence!

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”— Max de Pree, American...

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What’s Love Got to Do With It?

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Whether we want to associate love with our businesses or not, the presence of love or the lack of it, plays a powerful role in our ROI. It affects our profitability, health, employee engagement, teamwork, customer satisfaction; all of what makes a business successful....

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You Make Sense & Deserve Compassion

You Make Sense & Deserve Compassion

Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.   Unknown What if you knew every reaction (and even what you fear are over-reactions) you experience is based on legitimate reasons and deserves caring attention and understanding...

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Do You (Really) Believe in Win/Win?

Do You (Really) Believe in Win/Win?

“Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will lead.” Charles M. Schwab When most people are asked if they believe in and want win/win, they answer with the obvious, “yes.” The challenge is that...

Top 10 Problems Facing Leaders

Top 10 Problems Facing Leaders

More than ever, your people are key to the success of your business. When they are adaptable and courageous, they help you overcome problems quickly and competently. The following are some of the top problems often faced by business leaders and their staff:...

It’s a Matter of Life and Death

It’s a Matter of Life and Death

Suicides and deaths due to addictions are rising to epidemic levels, especially among many considered the most privileged, those with greatest access to opportunity and often the most successful; middle-aged white males. They are dying at record numbers, not from...

Walking the Talk

Walking the Talk

“It is difficult to inspire others to accomplish what you haven't been willing to try.”     Confucius “It is my responsibility to do what inspires me, in order to inspire others to do what inspires them.”      Tsepiso Makhubedu The holidays are a time we gather and...

Don’t Hold Up Progress

Don’t Hold Up Progress

"Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility . . .  In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility." Michael Korda "Accountability separates the wishers in life from the...

Do You Have Faith In People’s Goodness?

Do You Have Faith In People’s Goodness?

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people, and a heart that forgives the worst.” Martin Luther King, Jr   You may be surprised to discover your answer might too often be no....

Do You Control or Develop Your Staff?

Do You Control or Develop Your Staff?

"If you are building a culture where honest expectations are communicated and peer accountability is the norm, then the group will address poor performance and attitudes." Henry Cloud Your greatest asset is a team of committed employees. When you are disappointed in...

Teach them to Fish

Teach them to Fish

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Maimonides The Dilemma Many systems and strategies of the past are no longer effective. Schools were originally designed to cultivate conforming, compliant factory...

Are you Strategically Aligned?

Are you Strategically Aligned?

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." Henry David Thoreau What many business owners fail to realize is that if employees are not...

Work/Life Balance

Work/Life Balance

What helps anyone, anytime, with almost anything? Figure out what you want and learn how to ask for it! From the movie, "How Do You Know?" Watch and learn how you would do this more often. Click on the image below Judy Ryan provides clarity around the connection...

Realize the Gravity of the Situation

Realize the Gravity of the Situation

Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments recently made a landmark decision to take a pay cut from $1M to $70K annually in order to pay each of his employees the same. His decision has sparked controversy. What Kind of Workplace Culture Do You Want? As a people, we are...

It Feels Real: Am I Being Punished?

It Feels Real: Am I Being Punished?

“Children are great observers but poor interpreters.” Rudolf Dreikurs, parent educator, author and psychologist Why this feeling?When we were children, one of the ways we could create the illusion life was not careening out of control when scary or sad things...

It Just Got Real

It Just Got Real

When Beethoven looked at the piano keys, he saw a symphony. When Michael Jordan saw a basketball, he saw greatness. When I meet people, I see powerful sublime human systems. I see the unseen, the narrative that is more powerful than the surface. The real deal! And...

Are You In Survival?

Are You In Survival?

“The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather that upon mere survival.”      Aristotle “There is no such thing as perpetual tranquility of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without...

Are You Free To Access Your Wisdom?

Are You Free To Access Your Wisdom?

Most people are less able to access their wisdom than they know. And that’s because they are in survival mode more than they know. We experience various degrees of survival whenever we are triggered, reactive and experiencing our critter state, that part of our mind...

Help People Conceive, Believe, & Achieve

Help People Conceive, Believe, & Achieve

The difference between an idea and a commitment is the difference between knowing about a new tool and using it in your everyday life as a new habit and way of operating. The greatest challenge many of my clients encounter as they improve their workplace culture is to...

Conducting Business From The Heart

Conducting Business From The Heart

When I speak of heart in this article, I am referring specifically to our heart’s purpose, inspired from within, deeply stirring us, leading us to take actions that matter most to us. In my work with clients, I find that many don’t have a clear idea about their...

Are You Personally Responsible?

Are You Personally Responsible?

You may wonder: what criterion determines if a person is personally responsible? Personal responsibility IS synonymous with authentic freedom, empowerment, creativity, accountability, and alignment. It always brings about positive results. Without personal...

Books Worth Reading

Books Worth Reading

“Salvation is certainly among the reasons I read. Reading and writing have always pulled me out of the darkest experiences in my life. Stories have given me a place in which to lose myself. They have allowed me to remember. They have allowed me to forget. They have...

What is Social Interest? Does it Matter?

What is Social Interest? Does it Matter?

Think of people you know and admire a lot. What qualities do you like most about them? How do they make you feel? Chances are they are people who banish inferiority feelings in others and cause a positive experience instead. They have social interest. “Inferiority...

Are You Feeling Merry or Blocking Your Joy?

Are You Feeling Merry or Blocking Your Joy?

"Joy is the most vulnerable emotion we experience. In fact, addiction research shows us that an intensely positive experience is as likely to cause relapse as an intensely painful experience."Brene Brown, Author and Researcher on Shame and Vulnerability During...

Are You Building Capacity for Change?

Are You Building Capacity for Change?

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” Jack Welch   What is capacity building and how does it affect your ability to make positive changes?   One of the most perplexing...

Are you Running Your Business from Fear or Freedom?

Are you Running Your Business from Fear or Freedom?

“Live your life like you use your GPS. Set a course for your destination, make sure your vehicle is in good shape, trust you’ll eventually arrive and be content with the next instruction without knowing what’s after.” Judy Ryan, CEO LifeWork Systems In my work, a...

Power Over? Power Under? Power Within!

Power Over? Power Under? Power Within!

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Nelson Mandela   I was born and raised in Ferguson, MO and recent events there have provided an opportunity to write on beliefs...

Building Caring Connections

Building Caring Connections

“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”   Theodore Roosevelt “Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness.”    Harold Kushner   I frequently meet people who want to experience...

What do you Intend to Cause?

What do you Intend to Cause?

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” Albert Einstein   When I work with businesses, organizations, families, and individuals, people are usually confused by this question: What do you intend to cause?  It’s as if the idea...

Could Your Head Be Buried In The Sand?

Could Your Head Be Buried In The Sand?

“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.” Isaac Newton     You’ve seen it happen to others and you may have already experienced it yourself: shocking setbacks in running your business.   They’re shocking because one day...

Is Your Social Media Socially Intelligent?

Is Your Social Media Socially Intelligent?

Enhance and Protect Your Brand and Reputation! Did you know, according to Jay Baer, marketing consultant and author, that: 42% of Americans who complain on social media expect a response within an hour? 24% expect a response within 30 minutes? 57% expect the same...

A Happy Community Works, Plays, & Serves Together

A Happy Community Works, Plays, & Serves Together

A Happy Community Works, Plays, & Serves. Leaders determine the happiness of their workplace community. When you think of a happy community, you likely picture good team players that pitch in, are positive and manage themselves well, including their relationships,...

What You Protect, You Make Weak – Empowering vs. Enabling

What You Protect, You Make Weak – Empowering vs. Enabling

Rule of Empowerment: "Don’t do for others anything they can do for themselves.  Don’t say anything they already know." Rudolf Dreikurs In order for people to live to highest potential, each has four core needs; to feel empowered, lovable, connected and contributing. A...

How to Transform Your Workplace

How to Transform Your Workplace

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” Albert Einstein   “Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.” Gautama Buddha   A healthy organization is based on shared responsibility and values, where managers become...

Shifting From Victim to Victor

Shifting From Victim to Victor

“Good people are not those who lack flaws, the brave are not those who feel no fear, and the generous are not those who never feel selfish. Extraordinary people ae not extraordinary because they are invulnerable to unconscious biases. They are extraordinary because...

Rejuvenate Your Ho-Hum Meetings

Rejuvenate Your Ho-Hum Meetings

“Meeting people in a genuine way and feeling like there is a vital and meaningful connection going on makes me come alive.”       Sharon Salzberg, NY Times Best-Selling Author   Staff meetings provide your employees a unique opportunity to experience four crucial...

You’re Not The Boss of Me!

You’re Not The Boss of Me!

“Trying to win a power struggle is like trying to win a nuclear war. You may achieve your goal, but not without catastrophic casualties on both sides.” Jamie Raser, Author of Raising Children You Can Live With   A man I know refuses to wear his safety belt...

Key to Your Joy: Honor Your Sensitivity

Key to Your Joy: Honor Your Sensitivity

“To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness…Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate.” Anthon St. Maarten, Author  ...

Creating a Life YOU Love

Creating a Life YOU Love

"Selfishness is a virtue, unless you think it must come at the expense of others. And why would anyone think that? Oh yeah, that's what all the people who don’t "get it" told you."  Mike Dooley   My purpose is to cause conditions in which people love their...

Part 1 of 5 – Gathering Requirements

Part 1 of 5 – Gathering Requirements

You successfully started your business and now it’s growing. You may be wondering, “Are we as productive as we could be despite the fact we’re hiring more people?” It’s not enough to run and grow your business.  Your ability to sustain wellbeing is key to your...

Part 2 of 5 – Human Systems – What Gets Measured Improves

Part 2 of 5 – Human Systems – What Gets Measured Improves

"I have been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improving the human condition." Bill Gates What Gets Measured Improves Motivated, successful, and contributing. That’s what you need your staff to be to achieve your goals and provide quality care...

Part 4 of 5 – Implementation

Part 4 of 5 – Implementation

“What you want is within your reach.  You can flip a switch and your life can become what you want it to be.” Sam Carpenter, Author, Work the System Cultivating Leaders Problems exist in the gap between what you desire to be happening and what is actually...

Part 5 of 5 – Maintenance

Part 5 of 5 – Maintenance

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."- Abraham Lincoln My Competitive Advantage Each month, I have provided information on five processes needed to ensure your greatest competitive advantage: organizational...

Get Along. Get Inspired. Get Results.

Get Along. Get Inspired. Get Results.

“Before one can hit a grand-slam home run, it first requires singles, doubles or triples.” Unknown   Every business owner sets up their organization with high hopes and a dream of making a difference, yet all the great ideas and intentions to provide quality...

Extraordinary People & Results

Extraordinary People & Results

“It is not the ultimate achievement that makes you extraordinary; it is what you become on the way to that achievement that people celebrate. Saidi Mdala, Author of Know What Matters Are you experiencing poor relationships? Seeing under-performance and disengagement...

Redirecting Negative Behavior

Redirecting Negative Behavior

“A misbehaving person is a discouraged person.” ~ Dr. Rudulf Dreikurs Are you challenged by poor behavior? Could it be discouragement despite appearances? What thoughts do you think, words do you say to and about them, and what do you do when others: Annoy and...

Holding Others Accountable

Holding Others Accountable

“The committed heart finds a way. The uncommitted heart finds an excuse.” Unknown Your daughter or son agrees to complete a chore and you arrive home only to find it incomplete once again. You ask one of your employees to contribute an important section of your team...

Your Blueprint for Constructing Success

Your Blueprint for Constructing Success

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."                                                               - Henry David Thoreau  Are you and...

Being Trustworthy Isn’t Building Trust

Being Trustworthy Isn’t Building Trust

“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” Stephen R. Covey I teach and consult on the importance of the following eight values that build trust: honesty,...

From Compliance to Commitment

From Compliance to Commitment

"You get the best efforts from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within."   -Bob Nelson Compliance People used to think of the workplace in terms of the activities and behaviors that employees needed to perform well. Managers used...

Let’s Break a Rule: the 20/80 Rule

Let’s Break a Rule: the 20/80 Rule

“We all have burdens and we need to learn to carry each other's burdens, lighten each other's load.”     Ann Romney Improve Your Employee AND Customer Satisfaction Your customer satisfaction is directly tied to your employee satisfaction. Your employee satisfaction is...

Cover Story on Culture Change

Cover Story on Culture Change

“Culture does not change because we desire to change it. Culture changes when the organization is transformed – the culture reflects the realities of people working together everyday.” Frances Hesselbein A Focus on Shifting Company Culture at KolbeCo Pays Off Many...

It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village

“Everybody in a village had a role to play in bringing up a child—and cherishing it—and in return that child would in due course feel responsible for everybody in that village. That is what makes life in society possible. We must love one another and help one another...

Are You a Leader Others Follow?

Are You a Leader Others Follow?

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." John Quincy Adams   Your role is THE determining factor in whether you drive and sustain positive change   What is YOUR transformation process for becoming...

1. Straightforwardness: Dare I Tell it Like It Is?

1. Straightforwardness: Dare I Tell it Like It Is?

The most important relationship to manage is with our self. A trustworthy person practices honesty, straightforwardness, respect, receptivity, recognition, keeping commitments, seeking excellence and disclosure, the eight values that build trust. Straightforwardness...

2. Honesty: Don’t Play Others, Don’t Play You!

2. Honesty: Don’t Play Others, Don’t Play You!

“When you face a choice between being polite and being honest, err on the side of the truth. It’s better to be disliked but respected than to be liked and disrespected. In the long run, the people we trust the most are those who have the courage to be sincere.” Adam...

3. Receptivity: Are You Receptive?

3. Receptivity: Are You Receptive?

“Receptivity and sensitiveness are what makes one's behavior endearing and enriching. Do not try to thrust your likes and dislikes on others. Try instead, to find out what those around would expect from you and where you can possibly contribute. Rather than feeling...

4. Disclosure: Will You Show Us Who YOU Are?

4. Disclosure: Will You Show Us Who YOU Are?

“Shame derives its power from being unspeakable.” Brené Brown, Author, Speaker   I teach eight values needed to build trust: honesty, straightforwardness, respect, receptivity, recognition, keeping commitments, seeking excellence and disclosure. Disclosure, the...

5. Respect: Valuing Unconditionally

5. Respect: Valuing Unconditionally

Respect is making the needs, perspectives and feelings of others as important as your own. A win/lose dynamic has gone on for many years and still continues today. Evidence of this shows up in our relationships between unions and management, genders, races, religions...

6. Recognition: Why is Recognition Important To Trust?

6. Recognition: Why is Recognition Important To Trust?

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” Fred Rogers   I have been...

8. Seeking Excellence: Are You All You Can Be?

8. Seeking Excellence: Are You All You Can Be?

“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”      Aristotle   Seeking excellence builds...

7. Follow-Through: Do I Mean What I Say?

7. Follow-Through: Do I Mean What I Say?

“Intent without action will leave every word that I use to describe my intent as empty and best never said.”  Craig D. Lounsbrough   Imagine you ask someone to do something and they agree. You count on it, and then come to find they didn’t do it. How are you...

Are You Cultivating Excellence?

Are You Cultivating Excellence?

National research shows 29% of employees are engaged in excellence. They’re eager, willing, and personally responsible. The remaining 71% are mediocre or actively disengaged... Ghandi, Helen Keller, DaVinci, or simply a neighbor, friend or relative with qualities you...

Why Are You Here?

Why Are You Here?

“Believe in your heart that you're meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles.” Roy T. Bennett, Author, The Light in the Heart   You’re challenged by a co-worker, client, friend or child; you’re up against physical, social, financial and...

How Do I Deal With That Annoying Person?

How Do I Deal With That Annoying Person?

“There is nothing so annoying as having two people talking when you're busy interrupting.” Mark Twain   You know that person who cracks a joke at an inopportune moment? Taps their pen on the conference room desk? Stands at your door while you’re on the phone or...

Reasons We Gossip & What To Do Instead

Reasons We Gossip & What To Do Instead

“How would your life be different if…You walked away from gossip and verbal defamation? Let today be the day…You speak only the good you know of other people and encourage others to do the same.” Steve Maraboli, Author, Life, the Truth, and Being Free Most people...

Why Are You So Mean?

Why Are You So Mean?

“People are not mean to us because they don’t like us, but because they don’t like themselves.” Jodi Aman What Did I Do To Deserve that?! You know those times when out of the blue, someone does or says something that shocks and hurts you? In that moment, you’re...

Kinds of People I Need

Kinds of People I Need

"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties."  Harry Truman An important question to consider is, “What kinds of people do I need and want to achieve my mission and overcome my...

Courage to be Imperfect

Courage to be Imperfect

“Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect.” Brené Brown   Why are we the most addicted, medicated, overweight, and indebted society in history? Brene Brown, researcher, author and speaker on vulnerability, worthiness...

The Dysfunctional Bunch

The Dysfunctional Bunch

“Creating chaos provides excitement for some people, especially those who are uneasy with silence, those who distract themselves from their own problems by focusing outward, those who feel empty inside and need to fill themselves up with activity, and those who were...

Who Do You Think You Are?!

Who Do You Think You Are?!

Ever encounter those people you feel like asking, “Who died and made you God?” You resist supporting them, thinking and saying anything nice about or to them and even if you don’t generally gossip, they’re the ones you’re most likely to tear down (or rip apart!), and...

Are We Compatible?

Are We Compatible?

Whether in business or personal relationships, a worthwhile question to ponder is what constitutes compatibility? I went to a lecture by Dr. Denbo, a local therapist, who posed this question. Most of the crowd said things like, “Common values,” “Common interests,” and...

Soul Mates

Soul Mates

Like many of you, I’ve always wanted a soul mate – that wonderful partner who in their presence makes me feel connected and whole. The one who really gets me and who’s there for me through thick and thin, for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in...

Longing for the Good Old Days?

Longing for the Good Old Days?

“The good old days were never that good, believe me. The good new days are today, and better days are coming tomorrow. Our greatest songs are still unsung.”     Hubert Humphrey “Why can’t we go back to the good old days when people knew how to behave?!” While I was...

How to Emotionally Handle Terminations

How to Emotionally Handle Terminations

by Julia Paulus (referencing Judy Ryan and LifeWork Systems) SBM, March 2010 Getting fired is obviously difficult for an employee. But firing someone is also hard for owners and managers – probably one of the hardest things they ever have to do. This is especially...

How do I Make All-Stars?

How do I Make All-Stars?

by Julia Paulus (referencing Judy Ryan and LifeWork Systems) SBM, March 2010 My biggest all-star employee just left the company to work for a competitor.  He was efficient, virtually mistake-free and energetic.  When he left, he took with him a bunch of...

Can a Team-Hater Engage Employees?

Can a Team-Hater Engage Employees?

by Julia Paulus (referencing Judy Ryan and LifeWork Systems) SBM, March 2010 I don’t like teams.  Back in school, I hated classes when we had to do group projects.  My group was always the one where a couple of people did nothing and still got the...

Wake up Tickled and Inspired!

Wake up Tickled and Inspired!

“Are you ready to be wildly successful while supporting the same in others? if so... what are you waiting for?” Now’s the time to take these steps so you too awaken tickled and inspired... One of my most significant experiences in 2009 included participating in...

Game-Changing Appreciative Inquiry

Game-Changing Appreciative Inquiry

Imagine two scenarios both involving a couple struggling in their relationship and seeking marriage counseling. In the first instance, the couple is asked questions centering on their problems, including their origin and possible solutions. While this traditional...

What Does it Take to Build Trust?

What Does it Take to Build Trust?

I’ve delivered many team building workshops to corporations, schools and parent groups in which I focus on the behaviors that build trust and those that don’t. One behavior destructive to any team is gossip and part of my program is an invitation to enter a mind trust...

Better to Give Than Receive?

Better to Give Than Receive?

We often hear the phrase, “It’s better to give than receive” but is it true? The truth is, it just feels safer to give. Without equal ability to receive, a relationship is defined and limited by a certain amount of fear and withholding. I discovered the significance...

Connect to Your Light!

Connect to Your Light!

Recently, I took a self-imposed retreat to discover how to more fully operate from freedom, courage and joy. As women, unless the light of love is flowing fully in our family or in our intimate relationships, we’re not fulfilled because loving relationships are our...

Shift Enemies To Friends

Shift Enemies To Friends

Have you ever met someone you felt completely in sync with? Entrainment is a term used to express how the human body assumes a sympathetic response to stimuli much the way scientists have discovered that two heart cells put together in the same room begin to beat as...

Keep The End In Mind

Keep The End In Mind

In any situation in which you are uncertain, the first thing to consider very simply is, “What do I want to come of this? What is it for?” The clarification of the goal belongs at the beginning of any course of action because the goal is what will determine the...

Pause, Breathe and Check In

Pause, Breathe and Check In

Thich Nhat Hahn, a well- known author and Buddhist monk says we are reluctant to visit the home of our self because we are loath to face the pain, sadness and fear we might encounter there. It's true those emotions are often present. He also says that if we become...

The Biggest Loser

The Biggest Loser

The show "The Biggest Loser" is very popular. In it we see men and women who are determined to make monumental changes and are willing to embrace new habits and significant personal discomfort to do so. When I recently asked one of my friends what they most like about...

Reality & Realist: An Idealist’s Perspective

Reality & Realist: An Idealist’s Perspective

We give and receive negative behavior based in fear and doubt every day. That's part of our humanness. Being an idealist in the face of this behavior doesn't mean we act as if we've had a lobotomy or bury our heads in the sand. Being spiritual and life affirming also...

No I Won’t, You Can’t Make Me!

No I Won’t, You Can’t Make Me!

Power Struggles: Opportunities for Connection Yes, we all know what it is to be in a power struggle, whether it’s with a parent, child, spouse, lover, friend or co-worker. Power struggles are fraught with tension, anger and provocation. The feeling on one or both...

I Want.  What Will I Do?

I Want. What Will I Do?

What do I want and what am I willing to do? These are powerful questions that make up the internal dialog of those who have embraced intrinsic motivation; the process of identifying and expressing what one most loves. These are questions of courage, exploration and...

What & Why Emotional Intelligence

What & Why Emotional Intelligence

We hear a lot of buzz these days about the importance of emotional intelligence (EI).  What exactly is “emotional intelligence” and why do we need it? There are 4 main components: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management....

Commitment

Commitment

“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and...

Vision is Everything

Vision is Everything

“By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” Benjamin Franklin It's becoming more popular to talk about the power of our vision and the role it plays in creating extraordinary outcomes in our personal and professional lives. Physicists have proven that observers...

Am I Selfish?

Am I Selfish?

It’s important to ask, “What do I feel and what do I want?” When we neglect to take time to consider our choices we often commit self-betrayal, which then results in betrayal of others... A friend recently called me for advice. Every year her family eats a Christmas...

What You Look For You Will Find

What You Look For You Will Find

One of the great benefits and challenges of growing up is choice - consciously exercising it that is!  We are always choosing, we just don’t always ask ourselves what, how and why we are choosing.  Our focus makes all the difference. I had a huge aha...

Organized Chaos on Purpose

Organized Chaos on Purpose

As a child deeply in love with nature, living on the edge of a park, and the 5th child of 6, I knew a lot about chaos, the beautiful, free, creative and exhilarating kind. Starting out free to explore, school at age 5 felt like bitter confinement and at times crushing...

Did You Hear What I Meant to Say?

Did You Hear What I Meant to Say?

Have you ever thought you had an agreement or understanding with someone only to find you didn’t? You thought you were clear and direct in a request, and ended up disappointed. Or have you responded to a request, only to find someone frustrated with you? Could it be...

Connection: From Chaos to Community

Connection: From Chaos to Community

Connection is to humans what water is to fish; a key to our existence and a cornerstone for our behavior.  We are social beings and from infancy we make decisions and set goals in response to our social framework.  In community, we make interpretations, then...

Dismantling Bullying Systems

Dismantling Bullying Systems

(The story in this article may be an example involving students, but the message for the workplace is just as relevant) "As long as victims and bullies see themselves in diametrically opposed positions, (and they will if we don’t focus on the systems rather than...

Personal Power is Priceless

Personal Power is Priceless

Feeling powerfully influential is a heady experience and one of our basic minimum human requirements for living a life of meaning. Authentic personal power developed in service to our highest purpose occurs when we know our unconditional goodness, and that our potency...

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  • We guarantee the highest quality of assessment, consulting, training and mentoring processes and tools for the most competitive price

  • We ensure you achieve the best experience and we commit to work with you until you’re completely satisfied.