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Your to-do list is a mile long, everything is labeled high priority, and the expectations are high. Time robbers. They steal from you each and every day, leaving you overwhelmed, frustrated, and spinning your wheels. And guess what? You may be the culprit. That’s right, what derails you most is oftentimes self-imposed. Take a look at this lineup. How many do you recognize—and how can you stop the crime against productivity? Putting things off leads to costly mistakes, poor results, and other issues that require you to spend even more time on the task at hand. Whether you’ve developed a, Read More

Workplace productivity, employee engagement, and job satisfaction probably aren’t the first things that come to mind when you think about conflict. Since the days of Plato and Aristotle, conflict has been widely recognized as the cause of many struggles, from stress and inefficiency to poor decision-making and employee turnover. Just look these eye-opening statistics: Almost 85% of employees experience conflict at work. Managers spend as much as 40% of their time dealing with conflict. Employees exhaust approximately 3 hours each week in conflict situations. Yikes! And to complicate things further, wrap your head around this: For all the damage inflicted, Read More

Personality style affects our interactions with others, and it is important in several aspects of organizational and personal life. People with different styles have different priorities and func­tion at different paces. These differences can create problems if they remain under the surface. If Joe is slow and thorough and Jane is fast and decisive, their working relationship will be stressful unless they are aware of each other’s preferences. Knowledge of personality styles prevents misinterpretation and frustration. Understanding personality style allows us to interpret the actions of others. If we are aware of another person’s typical behaviors, we can take these, Read More

Creativity has been called the “secret sauce” of personal growth and organizational success. And in today’s organizations the demand for more creativity is greater than ever. But what exactly is creativity? And is it possible for people to improve their creative talents? We recently interviewed Dr. Lynne Levesque, a creativity expert and author of Breakthrough Creativity and the Breakthrough Creativity Profile, about developing creativity in the workplace.  Q:           How do you define creativity?   A:            I believe we are all creative. But popular definitions of creativity such as “brainstorming,” “the generation of big ideas,” “creating groundbreaking innovations,” “genius,” and “artist” miss, Read More

If you believe change leadership is just for top execs, think again. In today’s world, even the way change initiatives are executed has been subjected to change. It’s true. What was once the role of senior management is now the day-to-day responsibility of individuals throughout the organization, from the C-level execs at the tip of the pyramid to the frontline employees at the base. But it’s a good change. Why? Because studies show that change efforts are more successful when they’re implemented by the people they impact most. In fact, an individual’s ability to lead change has become a key, Read More

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