Performance Improvement

How Do You Deal With Disagreement?

    Working with others means that you’ll eventually face conflict and disagreement. Conflict isn’t bad:  we need work cultures that support differing perspectives, multiple opinions, and divergent thinking.   However, how we communicate our disagreements can either help or hinder our workplace relationships and results.A new paper in the Academy of Management Review identifies four distinct categories of conflict … Read more

Look: Up In the Sky! Is it a Hero? Or a Hot Mess?

In many workplaces, workaholics rule the roost. Just yesterday, the most emailed article from the NY Times was “How Some Men Fake an 80-Hour Workweek, and Why It Matters”. The article cites research that shows that some employees (particularly men) have learned how to “pass” as workaholics to receive higher ratings on performance reviews. The … Read more

The Three Pitfalls of Perfectionism

Has this happened to you? Growing up, you came home from school having received a 98 on a test. You tell your Mom or Dad. They reply, “What happened to the other 2 points?” You bring your report card home.  You’ve got all A’s except for one B+.  What does the conversation focus on? The … Read more

Stop Spinning Your Wheels

    Are you tired of spinning your wheels? Working hard to get ahead, only to find yourself in the same place yet again? Progress is the mother of all motivators.  According to research, when you feel you’re moving forward in your job, you feel and perform at your best. Conversely, those times when you spin your wheels drain … Read more

The Great Mistake of Appreciation

   Appreciation matters. But you knew that already. Because it matters to you.  We all want to feel valued and recognized for our contributions. Appreciation is one of the most powerful accelerators of employee engagement.  For example, research conducted by the O.C. Tanner Company shows that adding appreciation boosts scores at low-trust companies from 35% engaged … Read more

3 Easy Ways to Stop Meeting Madness

    Meetings.(Cue the groans and eye rolls.) Nobody loves them. Let’s face it, most people would rather be anywhere else than in a business meeting. Are meetings doomed to be inherently horrible? Or have we just settled for mediocrity because we know no better way? This subject of “meeting madness” came with two groups I … Read more

3 Steps to Become an All-Star

    Who wouldn’t want to be an All-Star? We’re not talking strictly sports here:  let’s broaden the definition of an All-Star as someone who’s recognized for being an outstanding performer. All-Stars aren’t just especially lucky.  Their achievements are based on some key fundamentals, ones that we can all replicate. My 10 year old son, Alexander, … Read more

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