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Change August 14, 2019

Why You Should Care about Change Management

As I mentioned in a previous post I want to teach math. This past semester I was student teaching. During the course of my time student teaching, I was involved in more than a few meetings. Two of the meetings I was involved in demonstrated why everyone should care about change management.

Communication / Sinikka Waugh August 13, 2019

Communication Myth-Conceptions

4 Message-Muddling Communication Myths

 

If you've read any of our other blogs, or know me, you probably know that I think communication is kind of a big deal. We've all been in a situation when our gut instincts were pretty on target, but these common assumptions can get us into trouble when it comes to communication. Keep reading to learn what message-muddling myths you should avoid. 

 

Leadership / General Business / Networking / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh August 8, 2019

Willing & Able

Five Steps to Sharing the Load in Our Organizations

Recently, I’ve engaged in a couple of conversations with others about a trend we continue to see, especially in volunteer, non-profit, and church organizations. The trend is a little bit distressing and certainly puts a lot of burden on a handful of people. So, the purpose of this blog is to make sure we’re aware of this trend and invite...

Communication / YP / Sinikka Waugh August 5, 2019

Stop Dreading Difficult Conversations

We know not all communication is fun. Sometimes it's tough because of the person or the medium, but sometimes it's the conversation itself. How do you handle difficult conversations? Do you plan for them or procrastinate? Feedback and tough conversations are important, but it's never fun to give or receive negative feedback. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you're preparing for a...

General Business / Project Management August 1, 2019

Speaking Of...

Five Tips to Make Small Group Meetings More Effective

If you’ve been following along for a while now, you’ve likely noticed several classes and newsletters about formal meeting etiquette and presentation skills. As one of our most requested topics, we all know there is very much a time and place to put these skills to work. Likely, we’ve all encountered at least one opportunity to facilitate a...

General Business / Time Management / Collaboration July 26, 2019

Trying Times

Four Steps to Success by Trying Again

Recently, I watched an individual, who had been asked to complete a task, make one attempt at it, find the results were not what they thought, put their hands in the air – in a gesture of resignation – and say “Nope it doesn’t work”. They showed no frustration, irritation, or hostility. There was simply apathy, a sense of “I tried it, it didn’t work, and...

General Business / YP July 22, 2019

Favorites

A Few Thoughts on Having and Being the Favorite

 

My grandmother gave all five or her children a t-shirt that said, "Mom loves me best." My dad, aunt, and uncles all started teasing each other about who was really the favorite child. Each insisted that mom loved them best.  My grandmother, of course, said something about how they were all her favorites. While this might seem like a sweet gift...

General Business / Communication / Collaboration July 17, 2019

A More Civil Discourse

6 Phrases for Kinder, More Productive Conversations

It’s no secret that civil discourse in our modern American society is, at best, eroded.

General Business / Communication / YP / Collaboration June 25, 2019

Impress'Em

6 Characteristics Leaders Look for In Their Employees

We’ve heard it before, and we will hear it again: soft skills really are important. Emotional intelligence and communication skills are paramount in the decisions hiring managers make to engage a given candidate, or not. But once you’ve got the job, what kinds of things can you do to cause a boss to look on you with more favor?

Leadership / General Business / YP June 13, 2019

Employee Engagement: Everything You Need to Know

Employee engagement continues to be a hot topic. But, we've found that fully understanding what it is, and even more importantly, what to do about it, can be tricky.