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8 tips for encouraging team members to speak up at work

If you’ve ever worked in a fractious or toxic work environment, you know how difficult it can be to speak up at work.  Hushed and guarded conversations. Uncertainty about who to trust. Dread about retribution for those who dare to raise concerns. Worrying about the future of your career. In the worst cases, a pervasiveContinue Reading

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Practical approaches to avoid poor performance from your team

One of the harder aspects of leadership is effectively dealing with poor performance. It might be that a team member is: Not pulling their weight Not meeting deadlines Creating conflict or involved in conflict with someone else Chronically late or absent Not meeting sales targets And the list goes on… As a leadership coach, IContinue Reading

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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

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The keys to networking successfully when it’s outside your comfort zone

What is your gut response when you find out that there is a client event, staff party, or team boat cruise? Some folks love to go out and mingle and seem to manage conversations effortlessly, but for others it can be something they do because they know they have to (but they don’t enjoy itContinue Reading