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Optimizing Team Dynamics

Some teams just have the flow. They deliver. People generally like them and they usually click with clients. Some of them see each other outside of work. You know the type. And you wonder - How come my team isn't like that? Why does it always seem like they’re all just biding time until 5 o’clock arrives? What’s the secret sauce? 

 

Well, there are a lot of factors that influence how individuals thrive in any workplace, and a lot of the time it’s about...

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Leading Through Uncertainty

It might have been trendy to use the acronym VUCA around 10 years ago, but arguably it’s only recently that we’re truly living VUCA times. VUCA stands for volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous and was first used in military organizations following 9/11 but was later adapted to the business world in 2009 by Bob Johansen in his book “Leaders make the future”. The book discusses how unpredictable change affects organizations where Johansen argued that leaders need...

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Leadership Development in 2021

Business leadership is always changing, but the pandemic is pushing an accelerated transformation. As the pandemic drags on, we won’t really be able to assess the gravity of changes for a few more years, yet it’s pretty clear where we’re going. While leadership development was trending in certain directions the past few years, it’s like in 2020 someone put their foot down on the pedal. And if you got your MBA a decade ago, you might be struggling to keep up with the...

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How to Find Your Next Job

 
Looking for your next gig or getting ready to search for your next job can be one of the scariest and most exciting times in your life. Any more, it happens over and over and over again. The latest data is showing that most of us change careers every 18 months! So, it's a good thing to be good at and to have a process for. In this article, we will share the process we have coached hundreds of clients through.
 
Even though 18 months is the average, for many of you, this will be the...
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Why Small Talk Matters

 

The pandemic has changed the way we work, perhaps forever. Only in the next 5 to 10 years will we be able to fully map how and to what effect the workplace landscape has changed. While staff have scrambled to set up home offices and adapt to zoom meetings and other virtual parameters, there’s something missing that nobody’s talking about that is having a far-reaching impact.

 

Our teams are missing the proverbial water cooler. Every workplace has always had a space or a...

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The Art of Professionalism

 

No matter where you work or in which industry, there’s always something that is expected of you, but nobody trains you in it, and it’s rarely spoken of. You’re just expected to know how to be professional.

You’re expected to have learned it on the job, in your first job, any job, maybe back when you were scanning groceries or flipping burgers at 16. So you’ve made up your version of professionalism as you’ve gone along through your career, probably through...

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How to Deal With Conflict at Work

 

Conflict is unavoidable. Or is it?

Certainly, the goal for most organizations in 2021 with a range of organizational psychology tools at our disposal would be to avoid conflict as much as possible. Except avoid is not the right word. Rather, through selecting the right team, practicing empathy, effective communication, and psychological safety, organizations can make good headway in mitigating conflict. They can minimize negative conflict by helping staff to address the way they react and...

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How to Use Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

 

There are always personal differences in leadership style, but leadership, in general, has irrevocably evolved from its strict and detached past. It’s not just proficiency in your field that qualifies you to be a leader. That might have been the case at one time, but all industries now appreciate that leadership is as much about your people skills as your professional proficiency. To be a leader in your industry you need to be able to work well with others and lead a team to...

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Summarizing 'Give and Take - A Revolutionary Approach to Success'

 

Back in 2013, Adam Grant published a seminal book called ‘Give and Take’. An organizational psychologist and one of Wharton’s top professors, Grant was already a New York Times best selling author when he penned ‘Give and Take’ which was named one of the best books of the year by Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, as well as one of Oprah’s riveting reads and the Washington Post’s books every leader should read. 

 

In ‘Give...

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How to give behavioral feedback to your team

 

 

It’s always a pleasure to celebrate wins with your team and praise them for a job well done. Positive feedback, which reinforces exemplary behavior is not often something team leaders have a problem with. Most team leaders understand the importance of affirmation and encouragement although some need reminding. Sometimes giving positive behavioral feedback is a matter of making it routine - writing yourself a post-it note to remind yourself to take every opportunity to dish out...

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