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The Inaudible Struggles of Remote Work

The Inaudible Struggles of Remote Work

Unless the past two years have slipped your mind, the changes made in professional settings due to COVID-19 have been metamorphic. The global shift to working remotely created a new environment for employees to work together no matter where they are. However, the...

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The Struggles of a First Time Manager

The Struggles of a First Time Manager

By Dr. Jerry Fu Becoming a supervisor for the first time is a significant milestone for any leader and often introduces an unfamiliar set of challenges. One of the most difficult issues for a rising supervisor to resolve is deciding how to address underperforming...

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Things Men Have Said to Me At Work

On this last week of Women's History Month, I'd like to bring awareness to men and women in power to show you how you can help elevate women in the workplace and education. "You should lose some weight.""You need to stop losing weight.""You should dress like her.""I...

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Fear, Wonder, and Awe

Fear, Wonder, and Awe

I took some time off this month to play in the snow. I'm sharing this video because it relates so well with many of the emotions that Brene Brown discusses in her new book, Atlas of the Heart. My husband, Chris, and I were in Beaver Creek at the top of the mountain...

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5 Gift Ideas for Employee Appreciation Day

5 Gift Ideas for Employee Appreciation Day

1. Their favorite snack and drink on their desk or send a small package to their home If you don't have your employees fill out a list of their favorite things, I totally recommend you start now! This is a thoughtful way to show them you care throughout the year. I've...

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Culture And Inclusion Are Not Trends

Culture And Inclusion Are Not Trends

As I read various business articles at the start of the year, something kept coming up - Inclusion and Culture were listed as "trends for 2022". No doubt these are extremely important areas to work on. In fact, I would argue that they are THE MOST important aspects of...

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Are You The Best Boss?

Are You The Best Boss?

Most people wouldn't say they are awful since they're getting decent evaluations and raises. I didn't think I was not a bad manager. In fact, I thought I was pretty badass. Fortunately, my leadership skills improved. Here is my journey. I was not self-aware I had a...

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State of mental health in the workplace

State of mental health in the workplace

69% of workers say the coronavirus pandemic is the most stressful time of their entire professional career, which has aligned with stark increases in new prescriptions of antidepressant, antianxiety, and anti-insomnia medications. Human Resource Executive  For...

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I was Unproductive for a Month, and That’s OK

I was Unproductive for a Month, and That’s OK

I remember listening to a talk by Simon Sinek at the beginning of the pandemic. He said, "no one has the emotional strength to avoid the pain of trauma – any trauma... A dear friend of mine who is active duty military explained to me that every member of the military...

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Take Action On Engagement

Take Action On Engagement

The only constant is change.   COVID-19 has not only transformed the way businesses work (as well as how people within those businesses work) but has also completely uprooted the models and core principles businesses were founded on. It has also changed consumer...

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Help Your Team Think Critically

Help Your Team Think Critically

Do your employees defer to you for all critical decisions? Do you want to help your team learn to think critically? If so, use this tool! In the hectic world of business, we don't often stop to think critically. It may be easier (and safer) to ask someone like a...

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Increase Your Leadership Agility

Increase Your Leadership Agility

We are almost halfway through 2021. One thing is for certain - leadership looks a great deal different than even from last year. It's understandable that leaders feel extra pressure to perform financially and to keep employees happy (and employed). Leaders must...

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Optimizing Talent Through Analytics

Optimizing Talent Through Analytics

This article was originally published on Rice Unversity's lilie blog on January 13,2021. You know the work that needs to get done, and you know the environment that you want to build. How do you find the people who will build it with you? Historically, we relied on...

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3. Create Management Accountability Structure

3. Create Management Accountability Structure

This is the last of a 3-part series. Read more - introduction, part 1 and part 2. When the individuals making decisions do not represent the population, we inadvertently create policies that have adverse impacts or unintended consequences towards a marginalized group....

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3 Steps to Building an Antiracist Organization

3 Steps to Building an Antiracist Organization

It's impossible to disrupt our biases all the time because it's human nature. The best and most effective way to fight racial inequity is to DISMANTLE it systemically. Systemic solutions address root issues by eliminating the way systems create and perpetuate racially...

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Are they unwilling or unable?

Are they unwilling or unable?

Leaders often feel guilty when they decide to terminate an employee. You are unhappy with the performance of an employee, but you have difficulty deciding if and when to terminate that employee. This leads to stress and anxiety for you and continued poor performance...

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You can’t have it all…

You can’t have it all…

Today's quote in my quote of the day calendar resonated with me so much I had to share. Early on in my career, I truly believed in the false notion of “you can have it all.” The lie was alive and well, perpetuated by put-together, successful women who didn’t want to...

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Exercise: The Upside and Downside of Change

Exercise: The Upside and Downside of Change

One of my favorite change management exercises is The Upside and Downside of Change. This exercise helps us unearth the negative feelings one may have about a change as well as see the benefits of changing.

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