Recently I had a conversation with a high-level leader about psychological safety. She told me, “This sounds like HR fluff and honestly, it would never fly here.” I appreciated this person’s honesty, but at the same time she epitomized exactly why psychological safety is critically important in the places most resistant to it. Had I
I had a coworker who rolled his eyes when I talked and would “humph” under his breath. I remember feeling insecure and afraid to speak up. This was almost 20 years ago, and the problem was a lack of psychological safety on our team. I want to prevent this problem on your teams because it
(This is the #1 of our Top 5 Most Popular blog posts of 151 posts!) Frustrated. Angry. Irritated. Disappointed. Flabbergasted. Annoyed. Shocked. Confused. This is how I felt recently when I purchased a pair of prescription sunglasses and then returned them because the lenses weren’t dark enough. I purchased the same pair a second time
I taught inmates in a prison several years ago. One of the men in my classroom told me that when he was 11 years old, his parents taught him how to cook, cut, and sell crack cocaine. It may come as no surprise to you the reason he was in prison – drug dealing. This
Staying motivated is a challenge for EVERYONE I know. Sure, we all have moments of momentum, but what happens when our momentum slows or comes to a screeching halt? Do you relinquish the power of motivation? Do you accept you just aren’t going to be productive? Do you give up hope of completing your tasks?
Here is the #4 of our Top 5 Most Popular blog posts of 151 posts! Meet Nina. Nina likes excitement. She loves to spend time chit-chatting with coworkers and is known for being highly energetic. When Nina arrives at work it takes a little time for her to focus on the tasks of the day.
Last week was a milestone for me -- 151 blog posts to date. Cue noisemakers, confetti, and applause!! May I openly admit that I’m quite impressed by that number? In celebration I am sharing the TOP 5 MOST POPULAR blogs throughout the month. This week - #5: Don’t Assume. (Click here to watch a video
My boss asked me to complete the report ASAP. So, I did. I completed it after I finished the other five things I was working on. When I emailed the report to my boss, she asked me. “Wow! What took so long??” There are two things wrong with that exchange of words. One, I was
It was a tough conversation to have with my boss. I told her that I didn’t feel my talents were being used in the best way and that I had more to give, more to contribute to the team. I gave examples of how I could do more and grow my skills. She nodded her
Leaving parts out. Withholding information. False statements. Stretching the truth. Hiding details. Misrepresentation. Spin-doctoring. You may not mean to communicate distrust, but are you doing it by accident? Your communication gives all sorts of clues. If you want to express sincerity and build trust do this with your communication: KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF YOUR NOSE.