The 5 Languages of Appreciation for Your Employees

Showing appreciation in a way that is meaningful to your team is especially important now because of the pandemic! Employee awards and bonuses often come up short as a means for employers to show their appreciation. Why? Because they usually only...

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Leaders and Courage

  “Self-Mastery is the foundation of leadership.” Patricia Aburdene Have you been taking stock of what’s needed to continue to lead through the pandemic? Let’s talk about the important leadership competency of...

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Having Resentment Within Your Team?

  With the turmoil of the pandemic and political unrest, you may be seeing resentment creep into your team. Under stress, differences of all sorts may be more common, even with many teams still working remotely.  And once resentment is...

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Acceptance of Differences To Resolve Conflict

“Your brain is like velcro for negative experiences and teflon for positive ones.” (Hansen, Mendius). As terrible as it sounds, it’s true. And as a leader, this is something that deserves your careful attention especially during...

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Practicing Effective Self-Management In 2021

  I chose self-management as the theme to close out the year because COVID 19 has tested every leader globally. Leaders of for profit, nonprofit and faith based organizations! And when things go awry, we can find ourselves thrown off our...

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Self-Accountability Is Vital to Self-Management

As we continue our self-management journey, I’d like to speak to self-accountability. The concept of accountability fascinates me. It’s one of those things that everyone agrees is important yet many fail to follow through on it for...

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Self Management and Self-Awareness

  Continuing with the BLOG theme of self-management, leadership self-awareness is a critical leadership competency to possess. What is self-awareness? “Self-awareness is an honest understanding of your own values, desires, thought...

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Self-Management Includes Stress Management

  It’s been said, “If you want to be a great leader, be present.” Do you agree? As we continue to dive into this blog series’ theme of self-management, I’d like to focus on the importance of stress management to...

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Practicing Positive Self-Management

  After the year-end crunch attention naturally shifts to focusing on goals for the new year and professional development opportunities. However, this is also a great time to reflect upon both accomplishments and “misses”...

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Leaders Buffer Their Team During Crunch Time

  Consider this scenario: Senior leadership calls a meeting with management to express their concerns the company might not meet goals set for the year-end crunch due to the pandemic. In a less than polite tone, they convey their extreme...

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Crunch Time Is Accountability Time

  The BLOG topic this month is “leading through year end crunch time”. The best method to manage your team’s performance is by giving immediate feedback. Therefore, the best way to effectively manage and monitor your...

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Embracing The Year-end Crunch

I know you’re probably thinking... “Martha, why should I embrace what’s probably the most stressful and generally disliked time of the year, on top of a global pandemic? I’ll tell you why. It’s an opportunity for...

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Leading Through Year End Crunch Time

      For many businesses, the end of the year means crunch time. This upcoming series of blogs will focus on the best ways to keep employees motivated and manage the chaos at the end of the year during this time of stress from...

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Development of High Potential & High Performing Employees

As a leadership and organizational development consultant and coach I browse job ads for research. It’s a simple way to discover current trends in the job market. For example, over the past several years companies increasingly claim to offer...

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High Performing Employee Retention Pitfalls - Part II

This is Part 2 of a 2-part blog series. For Part 1, click here.  Retaining top talent is critically important to your business. On average, high performers are very productive and highly motivated. That performance gap increases as the...

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High Performing Employee Retention Pitfalls Part I

In my previous blogs this month, I discussed why retaining your high performers is essential to your business’s success. I believe it’s important to first explore why many employee retention programs fall short. No matter how much...

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Defining and Selecting Your Top Talent

This month we are addressing the topic of employee turnover particularly for your high performing employees. Please know that turnover for all performance levels is costly to your business; from maintaining intellectual capital, customer...

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How to Retain Your High Performers

I chose employee retention as October’s theme because study after study shows that top performing employees contribute significantly more than their counterparts to the company’s productivity and profitability. Furthermore,...

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Communicate Business Plans & Measure Progress Effectively

  Our BLOG topic for this month is about 2021 business planning competencies. No matter how carefully you’ve crafted your strategic plan during this pandemic, successful implementation will depend on how you communicate it to your...

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Improved Decision Making and Problem Solving

  Now that we’ve covered visioning and innovative thinking, planning skills, and analytical and critical thinking skills, as a part of your business plans for the upcoming year. Let’s take a look at a couple of other competencies...

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