1. Puzzle Pieces

    A Vital Missing Piece of the Workplace Puzzle

    Since most of us prefer information to be fast and direct, here is the missing puzzle piece right up front: what happened in our original organization, the family, goes with us to work…whether we like it or not. When I stumbled on this counter-intuitive nugget of knowledge it changed the direction of my career to work exclusively with businesses to rethink the causes of stress related issues and…Read More

  2. What Scores Over Hard Work, Knowledge and Attitude in Meetings?

    We all know that it takes lots of good effort to make a meeting be successful. However, so many times meetings just fall short and people leave feeling like they have wasted those hours when they could have been getting real work done. In our Total Leadership Connections Program™ we spend a half day dissecting what makes a meeting work. It is like creating a Broadway play. A meeting needs creati…Read More

  3. Prioritize!

    When your technical skills are great and you really care about your constituents you should be getting lots of kudos for your work. Right? Well…not so fast. Number one is, you MUST prioritize your RELATIONSHIPS. So often people skills are what creates a limiting career path. Now, what exactly do I mean? I mean YOUR personality may be the limiting factor. Here is an example: Jim, the head of clie…Read More

  4. Safe Spaces, Hot Spots and What If

    Waiting in Ferguson Missouri. Waiting for the judge to hand down the decision. Waiting to see if there will be violence or calm. Waiting to see how justice is served. Waiting to see if there can be anything new and helpful that will come out of how the people of Ferguson handle a tense and difficult situation.…Read More

  5. FREEDOM for the FOURTH

    What does real freedom look like? It means being real, being who you are and not being afraid to express yourself in a healthy, positive way. Let’s celebrate FREEDOM this year in a new and powerful way. Let’s give each other the nod of approval that we can just experiment and be whoever we are without feeling judged. Now, that would be FREEDOM! Think of it this way. As a kid we were all GUTSY,…Read More

  6. Take the Best Route from Management to Leadership

    “How does a manager become a leader?” you ask. This is one of the most important questions in all of business. What the work world needs today are more leaders who can take charge in a strategic way and help everyone in the company have a “go for it and grow from it” mind set. Here are some vital differences: Management: Tell and Do…………………………….Leadership: Ask and Advi…Read More

  7. Call YOUR MOTHER…… or NOT!!!!

    Hey , Mother’s Day is over. That was last Sunday. So you can check that one off the list. Flowers, brunch or a phone call or e-card and the day was done. BUT the relationship remains. No, you cannot just check family off the “to do” list and forget about it. The behaviors that you learned long ago will still pop up when stress hits the hot button and you become a thumb sucking toddler or r…Read More

  8. The 5 Telltale Signs of an Employee in Distress

    When should you intervene in a work/personal issue or should you? How much should you ask about a team member’s personal problem? How can you find the balance of what to ask or not ask and what are the telltale signs to watch for? Have you ever watched a really good employee begin to slide down a slippery slope of poor performance? Have you wondered how much you should intervene? Have you e…Read More

  9. Can Conflict Really Be Good for the Workplace?

    Why do so many of us cringe in the face of conflict? It’s because the little kid part of us that looked up at those giants in our world (that means any adult) and knew they were big and we were small, and they would win and we would lose when it came to decision making, makes us feel….inadequate. You have two choices: one is to smile into the face of conflict and say “Welcome t…Read More

  10. Leadership Development: How to Get the Best Deal

    Who needs Black Friday when we have the best “twofer” on the planet this year! Having a special Thanksgiving and Hanukkah all rolled into one give reason to sing and be creative. We have all been waiting 70,000 years for this day to light the turkey menorah! Thanks to the creative team for the video to remind us to celebrate with vim and vigor.…Read More