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Posted by on Apr 22, 2020

Living with Uncertainty

Living with Uncertainty

Managing a job, home, and family can be a challenge. But when life gets turned upside down, it’s not uncommon for everyday frustrations to become serious points of friction. When we deal with one issue after another, our ability to tolerate frustration diminishes, and the likelihood that we experience miscommunication and conflict increases. During this […]

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Posted by on Apr 15, 2020

The Perfect Pairing — Professional Skills and Public Service

The Perfect Pairing — Professional Skills and Public Service

Why do people choose to work in the public sector? Instead of chasing profits, the work of public service impacts every American. Think about it. Our food, housing, education, healthcare, natural resources, manufacturing, and national security are all defined and regulated by the federal government to some extent. Many pursue a public service career because […]

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Posted by on Mar 19, 2020

Remaining Productive During the Pandemic

Remaining Productive During the Pandemic

It seems every American is impacted by the rapid spread of this novel virus. The White House and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have issued guidance for slowing the spread of COVID-19 but, what can we do to minimize the disruption it has caused? Let’s explore some practical ways we can keep things moving […]

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Posted by on Dec 30, 2019

Most New Year Resolutions Are Terrible. Try This Instead.

Most New Year Resolutions Are Terrible. Try This Instead.

As we approach the end of 2019, you might be shifting your attention to your 2020 New Year’s resolutions. These will be no ordinary resolutions because they will serve as the foundation for the next decade. As you reflect on your aspirations, consider not only your personal goals but also how you can deepen your […]

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Posted by on Dec 23, 2019

Coaching Skill for Everyday Use — Make a Clear Request

Coaching Skill for Everyday Use — Make a Clear Request

Throughout my career as a coach, facilitator, and consultant, I have often found myself asking people to clarify what they are requesting, from whom, and by when. In most cases, these conversations begin with a concern, challenge, or problem. I’ve discovered that shifting the focus from problem to solution is quite powerful. The first step […]

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Posted by on Aug 1, 2019

Leading as a Courageous Follower

Leading as a Courageous Follower

In The Courageous Follower, author Ira Chaleff proclaims that the days of all-powerful leaders and subservient followers are long gone, if they ever existed at all. He makes the case that neither leaders nor followers can reach optimum effectiveness without the other, especially in an environment where technology and information are constantly changing. The following is my interpretation of how Chaleff’s Dimensions of Courageous Followership can be embodied in the workplace by exhibiting the courage to:

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