Cultivating Winning Relationships

  • Be your own Ally this Holiday Season

    Well, here we are – right in the “thick of it”. Our holiday season is in full swing, and it couldn’t be busier at both work and home. We are all trying to get countless things done in a really short period of time: end of year work commitments/goals, shopping lists, holiday parties, travel preparation, […]

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  • Nine tactics to breathe fresh life into your New Year’s resolutions

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    Like many of us the New Year comes with obligations… many of which are self imposed with the ritual of creating New Year resolutions.  Promises to ourselves and others to be better and do better.  However, despite having 49 New Years to my name, of which 30 came with New Year’s resolutions, I still manage […]

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  • 5 Do’s and Don’ts To Create Career Allies

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    How many hours a week do you spend at work with your colleagues? 40? 50? 60? How many hours a week do you spend with family and friends? My guess is that, like many of the leaders I work with, you spend more time with your co-workers than you do at home. It’s no wonder […]

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  • Virtual Team: 4 Questions to Identify your Allies Part 2

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    According to Morag Barrett, in the book Cultivate. The Power of Winning Relationships, there are four questions that can help identify if you are in an Ally relationship: Can I count on you? Can I depend on you? Do I care about you? Do I trust you? Last week I shared my suggestions for getting […]

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  • Virtual Team: 4 Questions to Identify your Allies Part 1

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    Given the changing nature of the work environment, many of us are now working from home or are at the least part of a virtual team. This means that some (if not many) of our critical stakeholder relationships are remote. If we are losing face-to-face time, how can we create and maintain Ally relationships? My […]

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  • Four Ways to put a Spring Back in Your Step

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    Being an entrepreneur is the hardest I have ever worked. In comparison to building a company, my corporate career was easy! While there have been many highlights and periods of excitement during the last 12 years, there have also been those moments when I’ve been in the doldrums, where my energy dropped and I (briefly) […]

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  • Toxic Leadership Correction Plan

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    How do organizations correct toxic leadership and toxic behaviors once it infects a business? Is it ever too late for a prevention plan? Is transformation possible in the face of pervasive toxicity? Many case studies have proved that change is possible, but it requires a major shift in assumptions and engagement in coaching/training. In my […]

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  • Toxic Leaders and Readiness for Change

    In some ways having a toxic leader can spur positive action. It’s a shame, but often bad behavior has to get really bad before anyone is motivated to speak up. Trauma often opens doors. Sometimes a situation has to deteriorate before people shout “Enough!” By the time HR, the executive board, the senior team and […]

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  • Toxic Leadership: In Search of Prevention

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    What can organizations do to prevent toxic leadership? Perhaps what’s needed is a counter-intuitive approach. Instead of dwelling on toxic behaviors’ destructive impact, consultants and coaches can work with people to create early awareness of dysfunctions. When toxicity is identified early on, there is an opportunity to turn deficits into innovative solutions. Is this unrealistic? […]

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  • Toxic Leadership: A New Look at Solutions

    Have you ever worked for a toxic leader, someone you think of as manipulative, two-faced, untrustworthy, and selfish? “Toxic leaders cast their spell broadly. Most of us claim we abhor them. Yet we frequently follow — or at least tolerate — them.” ~ Jean Lipman-Blumen, The Allure of Toxic Leaders (Oxford University Press, 2004) As […]

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