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When Speaking Up is a Risky Decision

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We all play a role in the workplace. Even the person who is never asked plays a role. Everyone has an opportunity to contribute, the question is, “How will they?” Have you ever felt that speaking up is a risky decision? We sometimes evaluate our circumstances in strange ways. Our contributions as an employee may

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Tough choices

When Tough Choices Are Good Decisions

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People make decisions every day. We decide what clothing we will wear, what food to eat, when to get a drink of water and how much we will drink. How do you navigate tough choices? Decisions, Decisions Several family members trying to decide what they will eat for dinner can be a challenge. So can

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spend money strategy

Do You Have a Spend Money Strategy?

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The spend money strategy, does this describe your business philosophy? Cost conscious is very important, but cost develops from both short-term and long-term actions. What outcomes are your decisions creating? I need a haircut. Do I try to do it myself or go dump a few bucks at the barber or salon? My car has

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workplace action

Workplace Action Is About Questions

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How are things going? How is business, are you busy? At any venue where there is business networking, you may hear these questions. Is your workplace action about questions? People expect to hear that you are busy. Of course, the often-unspoken question is, “Busy at doing what?” Questions Drive Action Whether you are considering individual

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getting things done

2 Paths for Getting Things Done

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How do we get things done in the workplace? Should we push people, push systems, and use authority? Are you getting things done? Organizational culture is driving what happens in your workplace. Is the culture supportive, or is it us against them? Which Path? One thought is that the authoritarian approach guides what happens next,

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schedule conflicts

Schedule Conflicts May Be An Excuse

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“I don’t have time,” is not always the real reason. The real reason may be that you haven’t made it a priority. The suggestion is that we have schedule conflicts and sometimes that legitimately happens, in other cases it is an excuse. The truth is that people understand priorities. They may not always agree with

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change barriers

Change Barriers, Are You Jammed Up?

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Everything in the world is changing. Truth? Most will quickly say, “Yes!” What are some of the change barriers you are encountering? Barriers, jams, and bottlenecks, what is hindering forward motion for you or with your team? Change is Emotion There is an emotional journey connected with change. Early in the process there is often

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workplace endurance

Workplace Endurance or Getting Through the Day?

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People often say, “I just have to make it through this day.” Does this feel like a challenge you’ve faced? Do you have workplace endurance and what is most important? Funny, I often ask seminar participants about workplace motivation. Somewhere the obvious initial response is about money, “We have to pay the bills.” Another question,

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data listening

Data Listening, Do You Have This Skill?

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Data is out there, it is everywhere. We have lots and lots of data but what does it all mean? What about the opinions from friends, coworkers, or clients? Are you effective at data listening? When we hear the word data we often think about numbers. We think about the financial statement, the metric for

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navigating problems

Are You Navigating Problems or Solving Them?

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Problems are an interesting aspect of the organization. People go to work every day to solve problems. Navigating problems may be different from solving them. Does this interest you? The supervisor, manager, and leader, a big part of their day is solving problems. New supervisors often believe that they shouldn’t have problems. Someone may joke,

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