Category Coaching Culture

The True Meaning of FEAR in the Workplace

People-Whispering Tip:

Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year and the fun and festivities of Halloween are no exception.  While I don’t watch a lot of television (yes, I know everyone says that), I have gotten into the new show ”Glee.” 

If you are not familiar with it, “Glee” is set at a high-school in the midwest where the school’s outcasts find themselves in the Glee Club led by an earnest and idealistic teacher.  It’s a fun show full of teenage angst and amazing singing, dancing, and colorful characters.

One of the funniest characters is Sue, the “evil” gym teacher, who runs the cheerleading squad and does everything she can to promote disharmony, competition, and ill will throughout the school...

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Listening Results in Profit!

People-Whispering Tip:I just returned from speaking at a wonderful conference I attend every year in the Rocky Mountains with old friends and fellow life adventurers!  The theme of the conference this year was ”Listening:  What Stories Do You Hear?”  Here is an example of a fun poster one of the conference organizers created:   It struck me that the art of listening well and its significance to the business world has been greatly overlooked in recent years.  There has been so much attention given to social media and sending out messages as opposed to listening well to others not to mention listening to our inner selves.

Of course, if one uses social media effectively, the messaging becomes a true dialogue and conversation rather than a one-way communication...

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The Coach Approach for Leaders and Managers

People-Whispering Tip:

Last month, I took some time to reassess what the heart of my business really is.  I discovered that the core always comes back to teaching leaders at all levels of an organization how to influence through “A Coach Approach.” Companies have been talking about this for many years now and for those of us in organizational learning and development, it seems as if it would be old news.  That said, business cycles inevitably cause priorities to shift and the events of the past few years have focused many companies on survival never mind growth and development. 

Fortunately, the tides are turning and it is time to get back to focusing on attracting and retaining the best talent...

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Lessons in Leadership and Tender Power: What Can Leaders (YOU) Learn from Princess Diana’s Legacy?

People-Whispering Tip:One doesn’t need to look too far for examples of companies that are failing because they have clung to outdated mindsets based upon hierarchy, autocracy, paternalism, and bureaucracy.  These modes of “command and control” style management are thankfully nearing their completion in the world of business today.  Global markets and technologies which democratize access to information are just a few of the trends supporting this shift.  The shift is not happening without resistance however.

Many of today’s “senior management” are products of decades of business management programming with deeply-rooted hierarchy and control issues...

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Employee Engagement Begins with YOU

People Whispering Tip:
I had a coaching conversation with a new client this week.  She came into my office and proceeded to cry for the first 45 minutes of our hour long session.  She told me how horrible her last boss was and how she would just have to learn how to accept the mediocrity of the department she was working in.  In between sobs, I felt her frustration in trying to express what she could contribute to the organization but just couldn’t get across to the people she was trying to influence. 

It hurts not to be heard.  Someone had likely given her some bad advice as she said she would just have to learn how to accept this sad state of affairs until she retired.

Since I often have clients with similar situations, it is important for me to clarify here that this client, ...

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