May 21st, 2017

After you have had a conversation with yourself (see post titled Confronting Distrust Part 1: Six Things to Think About Before You Talk) and you are ready to talk to someone you distrust about your concerns, here are some suggestions for starting that conversation. There are many ways to start talking with someone about distrust. In my experience some are better than others, and these five moves have proven to work well in most cases.Remember, this is only a start, a way into a productive…

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May 15th, 2017

Most of us who have worked in an organization of any kind have been in the situation of having to work with someone we don’t trust. At best this situation can create a lot of stress. At worst it can decrease productivity, escalate costs, increase employee sick days and turnover, an more.A client named Robert recently told me that he had lost trust in another senior director in his group. According to my client, this individual (I’ll call him Mike) had repeatedly said one thing then did…

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March 25th, 2016

Balance

I recently read an article entitled Why We Suck at Work-Life Balance, and How We Can Suck Less by Mark Nichols, published on the website TheModernTeam.com. As an executive coach I have worked with plenty of clients who could count themselves charter members of the suck at work/life balance club. In his article Nichols offers three good reasons why many people are so poor at getting their work/life equation more balanced. A little more “life”, a…

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February 16th, 2016

This is one of a series of posts on enemies of trust at work – behaviors that can damage other peoples’ trust in you. Knowing the enemies you face can help you avoid them. This material is based on the trust building framework described in The Thin Book of Trust: An essential primer for building trust at work by Charles Feltman. Telling “probable truths”. Saying something as if it is true when in fact you are not completely sure it is. You might think is…

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February 10th, 2016

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This is one of a series of posts on enemies of trust at work – behaviors that can damage other peoples’ trust in you. Knowing the enemies you face can help you avoid them. This material is based on the trust building framework described in The Thin Book of Trust: An essential primer for building trust at work by Charles Feltman. Enemy: Unintentionally contradicting yourself. Saying something to one person that may appear to contradict what you’ve said to…

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March 5th, 2015

Increasing workforce diversity has been an ongoing topic for several decades. In one recent example, Silicon Valley tech companies have come under fire for being overwhelmingly white and Asian in general, and white and male among their leadership ranks. But some would argue a more diverse leadership and workforce could throw a monkey wrench into the performance these companies have been known for. (This argument would be made only behind closed doors, of course.) …

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February 1st, 2015

Superpower-Guy

My 10 year old son recently asked me which five superpowers I would want to have. His list included things like telepathy, telekinesis and density changing (the ability to make one’s body less dense in order to pass through solid objects–I didn’t know that, did you?). Fun stuff to think about at that age. But his question got me to thinking about what “superpowers” make for great leaders. What are the best leaders able to do that set them apart from the rest? …

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