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Choose Your Words Wisely

“Words are but pictures of our thoughts.” –John Dryden (English poet and playwright) Do you pay attention your language? The specific words you use to describe yourself, your actions, your goals, your plans, etc. Over the next few blog posts, I’m going to invite you to pay attention to the words you choose to use Read More

People Can Change

If you’ve followed my blog for a while now, you may know my husband and I are fans of old western TV shows. The other night, we watched an episode of Death Valley Days, which are said to be true stories of the old west.  The episode we watched was the story of a woman Read More

Remind More. Instruct Less.

Occasionally, people complain about how often others fail to follow their instructions. I was having coffee with a business colleague and he was telling me how frustrated he was by the fact that some members of his team don’t report for work on time. He remarked, “No one ever had to tell me to be Read More

Top of Mind

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of facilitating a discussion with a group of supervisors from various companies on “Time Mastery”. When I present on this topic, I share Stephen Covey’s time management matrix. I have the group identify activities that fall in each of the 4 quadrants. (If you aren’t familiar with this matrix, Read More

Are You Ready For The Worst?

As an EAP, we respond when disaster strikes – the death of an employee due to a traffic accident, suicide of an employee, serious injury from an industrial accident, an employee receiving a life threatening diagnosis are just a few examples of the situations that we have been called upon to help employers. We know having Read More

What Will You Be Planting?

Next month, I will have the opportunity to present about Talent Development at the Michigan Bankers Association BEST conference. Since spring will be here soon, I’m working on an analogy of preparing a garden and developing people. Couple today’s employment market with rapidly changing technology and regulations and you could fail to achieve your bank’s Read More

Fostering Trust in the Workplace

My last blog post revolved around creating a sense of belonging and significance for employees.  This is done by having a positive work culture.  There are many ways to create a positive work culture, but one of those key components is trust.  Trust develops when we are open with one another. During the summer of Read More