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Managerial Warmth

Managerial Warmth? We don't really talk about it that much. Or not using those words.  But engagement studies have shown that employees are happier at work when their manager has 1) the competency to lead them and 2) the interpersonal skills to show them they care...

The Value of Being More Specific

Most of us love to speak in generalities.  For instance, we might say that we want our team to be 'more effective' or we want our employees to be 'more engaged,' or we want our relationship with our boss to be 'more comfortable.'  Well, that's nice. It's certainly...

Putting Yourself Out There

Scary. Just plain scary. I published my book. I sent out messages about it. I started doing interviews to discuss it. I shared it on Facebook and LinkedIn. I did guest blogs. In other words, I "put myself out there."  All while holding my breath. Wondering if people...

5 ways to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! You know what I love about a New Year? I love that it is a great chance to look ahead with wonder and possibility thinking! What will the New Year bring? Well, what do you want it to bring? A lot of people make resolutions around this time of year....

Hey, Dude

My husband’s boss calls him ‘Dude.’ As in, “Hey, Dude, how’s it going today?” Now this may seem a small thing, but it’s really not. It sets up a comfort level and an air of friendliness. It let’s my husband know that his boss ‘has his back.’ You can almost see them...

Managing the Complexities of Change

If the only thing constant in life is change, why does it always so difficult to manage? Part of the reason is because the change itself depends on so many different factors. Political, economic, sociological, technological, organizational influences; external,...

What Separates the Good Leaders from the Bad?

All right, this is a loaded question. There is a continuum of skills and behaviors that affect one’s ability to lead. And yet, people can often spot a ‘good’ vs. ‘bad’ leader. What are some of the key differences they are seeing that leads them to this conclusion?...