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Leadership / Communication / Sinikka Waugh September 3, 2019

Appreciation in the Office

You can do it today!

Even though it feels like May was just a couple weeks ago, Summer is (almost) officially over. We hope you're doing something fun to close out the season, but we also hope you've penciled in some time to relax, too.

Leadership / Communication / YP / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh August 20, 2019

Demonstrating UPR During Tough Moments

5 Things to Remember

 

We all find ourselves in tough moments. It is so easy to look at others in a tough moment and blame them or make assumptions about how they are acting or thinking. Those assumptions are the worst thing we can do to keep a positive working environment. Instead, we need to show everyone Unconditional Positive Regard (UPR). Here are 5 things to remember to help you show UPR...

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...

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.

Leadership / General Business / YP / Collaboration March 28, 2019

Three Inspiring Ways Working With Others Makes Us Better Humans

Deep down, through and through, I am a lover of people. I delight in the presence of others, I love to energize other people and to be energized by them. I love to inspire them and to be inspired by them. I love to encounter the way they look at the world and learn from it. I love to be able to share the workload. Yup, I’m a "people-ist". I love people.

I happily find myself in a job that...

Leadership / General Business / Collaboration February 7, 2019

That Really Great Feeling When It All Comes Together

A good friend and fellow leader told me a story today of the rush that he felt as he watched his team come together to work towards a common good.

Leadership / General Business February 7, 2019

Signs Your Decisions Are Sliding Instead of Sticking

Sometimes decisions, for whatever reason, don’t stick. Maybe they were poor decisions. Maybe they didn’t get enough buy-in. Maybe they weren’t communicated clearly. So what are the warning signs? How can we tell if our decisions aren’t having the impact or effect we thought they would, and what can we do to course correct?

Leadership / Collaboration February 6, 2019

Leading From a Laptop

So recently, while driving, I passed a billboard sign for a nearby university that had a picture of a keyboard with a chat bubble coming out of it. The words in the chat bubble were “be a leader.” While the ad is eye-catching, and perhaps pithy, I take issue with the concept it conveys and the potential misrepresentation of leadership.

One. Does. Not. Lead. From. A. Computer.

Leadership December 27, 2018

4 Things To Look For In An Elected Official

Elections are a fairly common occurrence in this country, whether at the polls on Super Tuesday, or within professional organizations or other groups. Many of the professional associations of which I’m a member are experiencing their annual election process right now.  And with election day literally around the corner for many local races, this seems like the right time to chime in with a...

Leadership / Communication / Sinikka Waugh October 4, 2018

Convince Them Communication

I’ve been teaching a lot of project management classes lately and throughout the classes there are opportunities for people to ask questions about interacting with others; it could be stakeholder engagement, it could leadership, coaching, or motivating team members, etc.