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The Best Workplace Decisions Are Made Together

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Everyone wants to get it right. Everyone wants to make good decisions. Are the best workplace decisions made together or with limited interaction? Ask a boat builder how to get across the river and you likely will get the suggestion of building a boat. Ask the bridge builder, it will be a different story. When

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painful workplace problems

Painful Workplace Problems Are Solved First

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What gets put into the budget? What has the best chance of being removed? Painful workplace problems have a way of creeping in, or sliding out of the budget. How will you get or keep the resources you need? Data Evaluation Even in the smallest departments or companies there is a budget. Some number that

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productivity trap

Would You Believe Time Is a Productivity Trap?

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Ask someone if they are going to the fitness center, and they may say, “I don’t have time.” Ask about running errands, paying bills, or doing the laundry, people may suggest there isn’t enough time. Could it be that time is a productivity trap? What is time costing you? When life is all about the

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dreaded performance review

The Dreaded Performance Review

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Performance evaluations and reviews are a special opportunity in the workplace. Are they clouded with inappropriate feedback? Are you about to receive the dreaded performance review? Golden Rules There are a few golden rules. Sadly, many supervisors don’t have adequate training or preparation to create a scenario where the review helps, not hurts, future employee

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labor shortage

Labor Shortage: A Tale of Two Companies

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Finding the right employee for the job can certainly be challenging. Unemployment numbers anchor us to believe that the task may be even harder than we originally thought. Do you have a labor shortage? I feel lucky to have the opportunity to speak with business owners, hiring managers, and front-line workers in a wide variety

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managing time

How Are You Managing Time?

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Time management sounds like a boring topic. It seems like everyone should just get it. We often think, “Do it right, do the right stuff, be effective and efficient.” Are you managing time properly? What’s Your Focus? The golden rule that we’ve all heard is that we all have the same amount of time. Certainly,

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act smart

Do You Act Smart, Poised, Confident?

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Likely nearly everyone has heard, “Dress for Success.” Some don’t subscribe, and that is OK. However, some questions may remain. Can you act your way to success? Do you act smart? Are you poised, confident, and do you appear successful? There are plenty of people who are working for professional advancement. Everyone from students anticipating

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workplace microaggression

Was That a Workplace Microaggression?

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Things have a funny way of going full circle. Trendy behaviors, buzzwords, and even politically correct phrases. Are you delivering a workplace microaggression? The term microaggression goes back to the early 1970‘s. Chester M. Pierce, is known to get credit for coining the word. Chester passed away in 2016, but his societal impacts live on.

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workplace hot buttons

Workplace Hot Buttons, What Are Yours?

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Something that sparks negative energy, or sends us into a moment of anger can derail our day, but only when we allow it. Do you have some workplace hot buttons? What are they? Workplace Hot Buttons Here are a few common anger igniters that I frequently hear about: Everyone was invited to the meeting, but

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bad data

The Consequences of Bad Data

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A data driven society? Yes, it’s likely we can apply that label. If we have a data driven society what happens when we have bad data? As I write this, it is winter. Early February, in Pennsylvania. We’ve recently had some very cold temperatures, snow, and of course, ice. In the winter months I mostly

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