Why You Should Start Blogging Now

There are many reasons that you will benefit from when blogging.  You’ll get a sense of satisfaction in sharing your knowledge, wisdom, or experience.  It’s rewarding to know that you are helping others.  Second, blogging is a way to be seen as an authority in your field. By posting valuable information for others to use, you are positioning yourself as …

4 Ways to Repair Damaged Trust

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where trust is low, and this creates all kinds of hurdles.  When trust is low it can be painful, frustrating, maddening, or even confusing.  If you are in a relationship with negative behaviors, there is likely a trust issue.  Signs that trust is low include: Self-protection.  When someone suddenly wants to put everything in …

Nemesis: Reframing Challenging Relationships

Nemesis is an activity that addresses the limiting beliefs we have about people who we find challenging to work with.  Let’s face it, everyone has at least one person they find difficult to work with. I first learned this at a Liberating Structures workshop put on by Nadine Doyle, Robyn Muretisch, and Nancy White. Nemesis is based on a Liberating …

5×5 Challenge: Give Praise that Makes a Lasting Impression

“Good job!”  “Nice work!” “I appreciate you!” Blah, blah, blah – that really means nothing.  These compliments are so broad and generic that the receiver may not know how to interpret them.  In fact, they may think you are complimenting them on something that is different than your intention. The best way to give praise is to provide the details.  …

Mad Tea Party (with examples)

Mad Tea Party is a Liberating Structure I’ve recently learned and have already come to love. In the past two weeks, I’ve incorporated this activity into a training class and a working meeting with great results. At the end of this blog I’ll share with you how I adapted this structure for these two groups including the questions I used: …

Coaching Questions for Each Phase of the Change Cycle

It’s human nature to resist change because we are wired to protect ourselves for survival and our bodies experience change as a threat.  Leaders and teams must often respond to changes that are “inflicted” upon them.  It’s the nature of our world which is changing faster and faster each year. Too often, we expect teams to just “buck up” and …

Wouldn’t It Be Cool If…?

Sometimes the best ideas are generated in casual conversations.  Let’s say you are pulling your team together and you want to talk about the culture and environment.  You could use this engagement to check-in at a monthly meeting or to warm them up for a deeper conversation about team strategy. OPTION 1: Simplify and establish a topic/scenario and ask each …

Quiz: Am I as Reliable as I Think I Am?

Often people who are very committed to serving others and have the best of intentions are surprisingly unreliable.  Take that in for a minute… yes, I am saying the sometimes the most hard-working, well-meaning, and committed people are NOT consistently reliable. Could this be true of you?  Take this simple quiz and see what you learn about yourself: How often …

Activity: Laughable Moments

The evidence is in! We need more laughter in the workplace.  Science shows us that laughter has many benefits.  Here are a few benefits of laughter from the Mayo clinic: Enhancing your intake of oxygen-rich air stimulates your heart, lungs, and muscles. It also increases the endorphins that are released by your brain. Activating and then relieving your stress response …

Prioritize Ideas with a PICK Chart

After an ideation session where your team has come up with numerous ideas, you need a process to help them choose the best idea(s).  The PICK chart below is Lean Six Sigma tool that is used to sort ideas in order to determine which one(s) are likely to have the greatest Return on Investment (ROI).  After the ideas have been …