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How to Diffuse the Manufactured Urgency Within Your Team

Diverse group of employees in panic mode

Does your team always seem to be in emergency mode? Are you running around endlessly putting out fires and handling crises within your organization? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you might be experiencing the epidemic of manufactured urgency that often masquerades as productivity but can lead teams astray. In a… Read more »

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How Team Leaders Can Identify and Transform Toxic Team Cultures

Young woman looks upset as her co-workers talk behind her back in the corner of the office in a toxic work culture.

How can leaders identify and transform toxic team cultures? Toxic work environments are not that uncommon. As a member of many teams as an athlete, a coach, and now an entrepreneur, I can attest that sometimes we find ourselves in work environments that are not positive, communicative, collaborative, or healthy. I have talked to many… Read more »

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Why Leaders Must Genuinely Care About the Mental Wellness of Their Teams

A group of diverse employees sitting with the boss and laughing at a meeting

This past year, I traveled more than any year since COVID hit. It feels good to connect physically with people again, and not rely solely on virtual meetings. My travel has catapulted me around the country, including internationally, and it has afforded me the opportunity to meet many different people from different companies and to… Read more »

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My Longtime Friend and Coworker Just Got Laid Off! Now What?

Asian man with his office packed in a box, sitting on the floor in front of his desk after being laid off

What happens when a longtime friend and coworker unexpectedly gets laid off? You are hit with a wave of emotions. What comes next? Are you on the chopping block as well? How should you handle your coworker? The situation? The organization? Whether you are weeks into a job or have been loyal to the same company… Read more »

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Balance or Blend? How to Create a True Work-Life Powerful Relationship

Woman wearing headphones and sun glasses outside on the rocks working on her laptop in a work life balance

Balancing or blending? How do you create a work-life relationship? Holidays may not be the best time to check in with work-life balance, but then again, maybe they are the perfect time. Holidays stretch our balancing act more than most other times during the year. Gifting, gathering, hosting, wrapping, snacking, baking, cooking, shopping, traveling, and… Read more »

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Increase Productivity, Inclusivity, and Bottom Lines By Hiring Disabled Employees

Diverse group of employees at a meeting led by a disabled man in a wheelchair

With job openings up, recruiting and hiring qualified individuals with the “right fit” has become more challenging.  If you’re looking for solutions to your hiring needs, consider the great value disabled employees bring.  According to the August 30, 2022, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 11.2 million job openings nationwide.  This number is up… Read more »

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Simple Tips for Managing Conflict on Teams

Two office employees high-fiving while working through conflict successfully

No team, whether workplace, sports, family, or community, is void of conflict. Life is full of differing ideas, values, beliefs, and emotions. And there are countless ways to handle conflict. As we mature in life and obtain more experience with conflict, we learn different ways to handle it. Hence, managing conflict on teams is one… Read more »

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Strategies For Preserving Middle Ground On Teams

Two teams of wooden figures standing on either side of an argument

When it comes to optimal team performance, strategies for preserving a safe space for discourse (i.e. “the middle ground”) is imperative. Teams who achieve great outcomes rely heavily on the middle ground conversations where ideas are shared and different opinions are welcomed. If teams have no safe space, there is no genuine growth or development… Read more »

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How to Build a Thriving Diverse and Inclusive Culture

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Progress has come in many forms over the past year. For instance, we are finally reaching a moment where organizations are placing a greater emphasis on diversity and inclusion. There is a persistent shift in prominent organizations to create distinctive cultures that embrace and adopt pro-diversity policies and practices.

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