Category Archives: Leadership

Opening a Can of Worms

  Open (up) a can of worms: to create a situation that will cause trouble or be unpleasant            (idioms.thefreedictionary.com) 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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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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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 (www.definitypartners.com) 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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Creating Your Professional Identity

Who you are is what you do. When I first began my career in communications, I was so fresh I spent most of my time trying to understand – and survive in – this brand new world.  As time went … 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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“I want people to like me!”

      When I have the privilege of working one-on-one with an employee, I frequently ask, “How do you want to be seen by the people who report to you?” In essence, I’m asking about their identity needs. On more … Continue reading

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Beyond Civility

  The elections are upon us, and now, more than ever, we need honest communication to move our country, our states, our counties, cities and communities in a positive direction. For the past several months, I’ve been involved in a joint … Continue reading

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