Entries by Coach Padraig

Why do leaders avoid the truth?

Most organizations will say they invest in their people, and that may be true. They pay for training, they offer benefits. But paradoxically, how often do we as leaders avoid difficult conversations with poor performers until a “last straw” moment and we fire them? (Oops, so much for the investment in professional development!) Sure, there […]

Achieving work/ life balance

There are times that balancing the demands of work and personal life feel impossible (even laughable!). When we work with individuals and companies, we often hear from folks that they’re struggling to find a way to try to balance these demands, let alone actually achieve balance! Advances in technology have changed workplace culture. I read […]

How to Apologize

Asana, our project management software company, recently published a blog post called, “How to Say Sorry at Work” that really resonated for us.   We’ve summarized some of their thoughts and added a few of our own based on our work with hundreds of leaders and leadership teams. Healthy relationships are important for teams to […]

How to deal with difficult employees

I came across this great infographic the other day and it got me thinking about the steps to deal with difficult employees. There are a few things that I’ve learned over time when issues crop up around communication and difficult people in the workplace: It’s often not isolated to one person or one issue; Band-aid […]

How to motivate your team to improve performance

A smooth, dynamic team that delivers results doesn’t happen by coincidence. Even if you already have an awesome team, knowing how to really get the best from them can be a challenge. Here’s a refresher with some helpful tips to make sure that you’re motivating your team without the headache. Step 1: Learn their “why” […]

Do you notice the sound of silence?

How comfortable are you with silence in a conversation? How common is it for you? If you’ve grown up in North American culture, you probably have very little silence when you’re in a conversation with someone and chances are pretty good you’re not really comfortable with it either. Studies have found the North American tolerance […]