Working with difficult people

  • 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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  • 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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  • Professional relationship turned sour? How to turn things around.

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    None of us achieves success alone, and the world of work is probably the biggest team sport any of us will ever take part. Yet, sometimes it feels like we’re playing on opposing teams with the people we’re supposed to be working alongside. We’ve all worked with—and in some cases, hired—people we dislike, find irritating, […]

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  • How to work with a toxic colleague

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    You probably don’t have any toxic colleagues in your workplace. For you, it’s bliss from 9-5. You’re disappointed to leave at the end of the day, because you’ve enjoyed the company of those around you so much, and you can’t wait to get back the following day because you miss them. You feel pity for […]

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  • Three steps to cultivate your network

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    The world of work and your success is not a solo sport, you are dependent on others for your success. It therefore makes sense to be deliberate in how you develop relationships, not just for today, but also for tomorrow. Here are three steps to get you started: Build Your Network – Seek out opportunities to […]

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  • Nine Steps to Cultivate a Winning Relationship

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    During my keynote presentations I will often be asked “What can I do to cultivate a winning relationship?”  While I provide plenty of suggestions in my book Cultivate. The Power of Winning Relationships,  here are 9 steps to get you moving in the right direction. Remain Curious. It’s all too easy, especially when we have known […]

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  • Connected and Yet, Disconnected

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    I travel regularly for business and on each trip I am surrounded by hundreds of people. On the plane, in the aiport, at my destination. I love the anonymity, and yet I hate the anonymity. Travel has the ability to bring us close to others while remaining invisible, alone. All those people, yet no one […]

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  • Working with a Toxic Colleague?

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    I was working with a leadership team this week, discussing the concepts from “Cultivate. The Power of Winning Relationships” when one of the participants asked how to deal with an adversary, a toxic colleague. It prompted some interesting debate and discussion, everyone present could relate to the stress this person was feeling and the impact […]

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