Tag Archives: communication

Informed or In the Dark?

Communication is often pointed to as the one area of organizational functioning that, if improved, will dramatically elevate trust levels and overall performance.  Why is this? Fundamentally, it is about respect and discretionary effort.  Most employees are eager to do … Continue reading

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The Psychological Contract: The human investment

A recent post at Glassdoor Blog remembers Harry Levinson, Progressive Workplace Psychologist.   Levinson had a deep appreciation of the nature of the workplace.   He understood the great psychological significance of work in people’s lives.  Levinson, with colleagues Price, Munden, Mandl … Continue reading

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Keep Calm and Carry On

I think it would be fair to assume that you have the occasional day when you feel that the sky is falling in.  Global events and the world financial markets are creating anxiousness and a sense of helplessness.  Where can we look … Continue reading

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Why are you meeting?

Different goals require different types of meetings, and different styles of communication.   To ensure your meeting is an effective use of everyone’s time and is highly productive, the first step is to be clear on the meeting purpose and the … Continue reading

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When you need to do more with less, delegating is critical

If you are reluctant to delegate, the time has come to change your management style.  Most work environments will be required to make do with current resources and, in many cases, will need to do more with less.  In a … Continue reading

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Where did our manners go?

Numerous workplace articles are raising the alarm about increased incivility in the workplace and pondering why this is so and worrying about the impact.  Moreover,  incivility is often covert and difficult to identify.   Undoubtedly, deconstructing incivility would be insightful, but … Continue reading

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From Conflict to Win/Win

When conflict occurs, it may be a high voltage moment, entirely unanticipated.  In reality, this is probably not the case as unresolved tensions will, inevitably, result in conflict.  It may even   be predictable since people are often in competition with … Continue reading

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Fast Forward to Safety

My most viewed post in recent weeks has been the Career Safety Net.  This no doubt reflects feelings of insecurity in an uncertain economic climate which, at the same time, is quickly fueling a shift in labour market behaviour. This … Continue reading

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First Desk – The Hub for Volvo Founders

A visit in June to the Volvo Museum in Göteborg, Sweden,  proved to be very inspiring.   On display is a “magnificent” desk, the original desk of the founders,  Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson.     The desk was the hub of all … Continue reading

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As Welcome as the Flowers in Spring

My  “Best Boss” story is about a kindly, scholarly gentleman nearing retirement. Of all  the people I worked with and worked for, I remember him more than anyone else.   Tall, lanky and with failing eyesight and hearing, he was … Continue reading

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