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Dealing with passive-aggressive people

We've all seen passive-aggressive behavior in the workplace. It's the avoidance of saying hello, the side-eyes, talking past you to someone else, having fun with everyone but you, and many other ways.  The recipe for passive-aggressive behavior is simple: 1 part...

The art of staying focused

Staying focused is hard to do. There are so many personal and professional things that are constantly trying to get your attention and pull you away from what you are working on.  How well do you do staying focused on your task? There is certainly an art to...

Navigate change and conflict

Life is full of conflict and changes whether we like it or not. Look no further than the last two years across the world to see how change and conflict have impacted each of us in a personal way. While we generally don't like conflict on a personal level you are...

Leading through the hybrid hurdle

Many people have found remote work to be a personal game-changer. Gone is the wasted time in the commute, additional expenses for lunch and go as far as less clothing and work expenses.  Along with all the benefits of remote work comes new hurdles in leadership...

When do you start performance management?

Years ago, I was just starting a new role as an operations leader covering the Southeast U.S. It was a fun and exciting time traveling to each location and introducing myself. I dropped in on one of my locations where we had an interim leader and I'll never forget the...

4 phrases to remove from your leadership vocabulary

There are just some phrases out there that can drive us up a wall. From "sorry to bother you, " to "I assumed" and everywhere in between, we all have room to grow when it comes to removing un-productive and downright distracting phrases from our leadership...

Finding Leadership in rocks

A box of rocks may not look like a source of inspiration for your own leadership journey, but the long journey that those rocks took in order to be made can offer us a reminder of our own continued growth.  Today we are going to find leadership in the three...

Finding Leadership in Chess

Chess is a game that I can honestly say, that I'm ok at but would not do well against a seasoned player. I do love the concept of chess though. Utilizing the same starting resources with the winner being determined by strategic planning and ability to adapt to...

Finding Leadership in Michael Scott

“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”-Micheal Scott The Office continues to be a hit show years after the conclusion of the series. It's both absurd and totally relatable. You've probably seen a little...

Leadership lessons learned from the CIA with Marc Polymeropoulos

We are excited to have Marc join us on the show today! I think you'll enjoy his insight into how to lead in a crisis and other lessons that he learned while serving in senior roles in the CIA. - ZH Marc Polymeropoulos retired in June 2019 from the Senior Intelligence...

Be your own best boss

Sometimes, we push ourselves so hard to be a great leader of others that we forget about ourselves in the process. I've seen leaders burn themselves out, lose their passion, and have a drop in health among other things because they didn't lead themselves well. ...

Our 6th Anniversary Show!

Thank you so much for supporting us over the last six years! Today we have both Neha and Michael with me as we talk about lessons learned over the last year, a look back to the challenges we all have been through, a peek behind the scenes, and a look towards year 7....

Overcoming unconscious bias

Unconscious bias, or implicit association, plays a part in all of our lives and how we lead others. Last week we discussed what this kind of bias is and what the types of unconscious bias are. Today we are jumping into finding it in our own lives and then strategies...

Understanding Unconscious Bias

Unconscious bias is something that each of us deals with on a daily basis. If you had a flat tire would you ask a man or woman to help you? Who would you ask to help sew up a hole in your shirt?  Who is more likely to ask for directions if they are lost? These...

Early failure can lead to future success

You have more failure than success. Doesn't that feel great to be affirmed in today? Well, I am right there with you; in fact, we all are.  Your failures can often lead to a larger success when we handle them the right way and use them to help us focus our...

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