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False Harmony and Teams

Harmony at the Keyboard My Grammy played piano for a living when there were supper clubs and people dressed to the nines to go out on the town. She was a wizard on both the piano and organ and enjoyed sharing her immeasurable talent. Harmony for Grammy came in the combination of the black and […]

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Keeping Your Employee On The Bus

One of your employees or direct reports does not seem to be on the right bus. We’ll call him Employee. He has said he’s aligned with the company’s values, and he is a hard worker, but his behaviors do not seem to match up with the company values, and oftentimes he doesn’t do the right […]

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Appreciative Leadership Changes People

In the past year, it seems that gratefulness and appreciation have expanded their reach even more so into our leadership lexicon.  With Adam Grant’s informative and research-based book Give and Take, he notes that “a single act marked by mutual trust and respect will energize both people.” I have found that to be true. Positively energizing employees (accent on the […]

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Curiosity and the Effective Leader

Some of you may remember the phrase from the National Enquirer – “enquiring minds want to know.”  However, most of you likely have not heard of positive change approach Appreciative Inquiry (AI). It starts with curiosity, as did the Enquirer, but then dramatically diverges. Curiosity, in the case of AI, did not kill the cat, but instead, […]

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