Author Archives: Deborah Pearce

Opening a Can of Worms

  Open (up) a can of worms: to create a situation that will cause trouble or be unpleasant            ( In my conflict management work, I occasionally hear a senior leader say that addressing a workplace issue (fill in your … Continue reading

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Assessing Our Cultural Health

Organizational culture is the behavior of humans within an organization and the meaning that people attach to those behaviors.Culture includes the organization’s vision, values, norms, systems, symbols, language, assumptions, beliefs, and habits.  ( I’ve recently had the opportunity to address audiences on the issues of cultural … Continue reading

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The Challenge of Multiple Roles in the Workplace

I have developed a deep appreciation for people whose job it is to manage their multiple roles and identities in the workplace.  Here’s what I mean… Linda is responsible for generating sales for her mid-sized company.  Much of her time … Continue reading

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That’s the Wrong Answer!

  I was working with a group of manufacturing frontline leaders, and we were talking about the characteristics of a high performance team.  One of the characteristics is a shared vision. So, how does a team know if every member … Continue reading

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30-Day Touch Base Conversation

       I am a big fan of ongoing and effective feedback in the workplace. New hires especially have a right to know if they are on the right track, and we owe it to them to be intentional about providing … Continue reading

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The “If / Because / In spite of” Dynamics of Motivation

   At a manufacturing plant in Illinois, a foreman told me he returned from vacation to find his crew had accomplished very little during his time away.  He was disappointed in production numbers, and I could tell he was disappointed … Continue reading

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Interrupt the Ascent

 as·cent a climb or walk to the summit of a mountain or hill. an instance of rising through the air. My colleagues at Definity Partners ( in Cincinnati, Ohio, are preparing to launch a series called “What’s Next?”  This series … Continue reading

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Moments Count

   I’m thinking about change. In particular I’m thinking about the moments we pass through during change initiatives and the importance of honoring these moments. I am convinced that effective organizations understand the necessity of change, and I am certain … Continue reading

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Intergenerational Lessons

My husband and I have the privilege of spending time with our 15-month old grandson, Nash.  It’s been a long time since I’ve thought about child-raising issues, so I am happy to receive wisdom from my daughter’s knowledge and the … Continue reading

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The Fearless Front Line

I have just read and reviewed a new book written by a friend and colleague, Ray Attiyah. His leadership philosophies help us understand how to engage front line workers in a way that creates ownership of their business. In the … Continue reading

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