personality styles

How personality styles affect conflict on your team

Think about a few times when you’ve been angry. It could be a situation where you were just furious about a situation, locked in a debate or angry to have learned something unsettling.  What did you do? How did you handle the conflict?  Most of us have a sort of default way that we handleContinue Reading

disagree with your boss

How to disagree with your boss

I remember vividly as a young professional a time when I had a dissenting opinion about an important issue, but hesitated to offer it.  The problem was that I didn’t feel encouraged to give an honest opinion if it conflicted (and it did!) with that of the people more senior to me at the time.Continue Reading

office betrayal

What to do when faced with an office betrayal

While we expect some office politics or complicated workplace relationships, sometimes folks are blindsided by an office betrayal. As a leadership coach, I hear different ways people feel betrayed in business. Things like: I confided in a coworker, who then gossiped to others and hurt my professional reputation. I found out that my relationship withContinue Reading

Avoid the Truth

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, thereContinue Reading