Cultivating Winning Relationships

  • Time to Unleash the Power of Recognition & Celebration

    When was the last time you prepared for a conversation?  My guess is that it was most likely a difficult one.  Are you just as intentional when planning a conversation focused on recognition or celebration?  In the book Cultivate, The Power of Winning Relationships, Morag Barrett describes this as an Applaud Conversation.  When we thank someone or […]

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  • How to Change a Toxic Culture

    Company culture can be summed up as “how business gets done”, it’s the organizational equivalent of “personality.”  When it sparkles we all want to be associated with the company, when it becomes toxic it’s something we tolerate or avoid. Unfortunately, without care and attention a healthy culture can become toxic. It can slide into an […]

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  • 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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  • Is your handshake more of a Limp Fish or Bone Crusher?

    We recently used a new location for one of our leadership programs. I watched incredulously as one of my team was greeted by the Hotel Manager who, having extended their hand for the customary handshake then went on to literally swing his arm from side to side. Assuming this was simply a one off aberration […]

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  • Skye Book Review: To Sell Is Human by Dan Pink

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    Turns out, we’re all selling something. Studies show that “one out of every nine American workers works in sales.” But in Dan Pink’s “To Sell Is Human,” he argues that we are all salesmen-just in a broader sense. Perhaps you are pitching ideas to colleagues or clients, or convincing your kids to eat their vegetables. […]

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  • Trust: The foundation for an Ally Relationship

    During a recent keynote presentation the participant discussed one of the key themes from Cultivate: The Power of Winning Relationships – the ‘Four Yeses’, four critical questions that underpin every interaction, social and professional. The four questions are Can I count on you? Can I depend on you? Do I care about you? Do I trust […]

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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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