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Will You Be My Valentine?

When we think about Valentine’s Day, we often think of romance and personal relationships. With relationships in mind, I’d like to propose you take time this Valentine’s Day to improve your workplace relationships with customers, vendors, co-workers, etc. – and not at all in a romantic way. I’m sure some of you may work with Read More

Can You Hear Me Now?

There have been violent rain storms across the country recently.  The photos of flooded streets, twisted trees, and roofless buildings serve as a reminder of the destructive power in nature. We would do well to remember the destructive power within us, as well, when we lose our temper and act out against others.  Often, the “others” Read More

Why Is It So Hard To Just Listen?

In one of my favorite books, the authors Kathi Elster and Katherine Crowley write, “Let’s face it, the relationship at work between a boss and an employee often becomes a minefield of emotional misinterpretations.” I couldn’t agree more, and it’s not just between the supervisor and their direct report, it is between employees at all Read More

Do You Check Your Assumptions?

Several years ago, a colleague had a sign in her office that read something like, “I get plenty of exercise jumping to conclusions, pushing my luck and dodging deadlines.” People always got a good chuckle after reading it, mostly because it wasn’t true – especially the part about dodging deadlines; she always had tasks done Read More

Focus on Your Strengths

I recently volunteered to be a part of a group dialog with other business professionals about leadership, management and accountability. As part of the process, my staff were invited to give anonymous feedback in 10 different areas.  I also ranked myself in the same 10 areas. The group’s facilitator then recapped all the information into Read More

Be Curious

Earlier this week, I listened to my friend, Anna Maravelas, speak at the Conflict Savvy Leader event that EAC hosted in partnership with Davenport University’s, Institute for Professional Excellence (IPEx). One of the concepts that Anna talks about is how we respond to frustrations. In his work, Charles Stroble, MD, talks about the fact that Read More

Pay Attention to the Words You Choose

A couple of words have caught my attention recently –  should and suppose. Often, we use the word, should, when we feel like we need to do something, and we may not want to do it. I believe we use the word, suppose, in much the same way. For example, what are you supposed to Read More