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How to Create a Vacation-Friendly Culture

The school year is either finished or wrapping up for students.  Summer is in full bloom. I have an important question for you.  Have you scheduled your summer vacation? I’m headed out today on a mini-vaca.  It’s a four-day weekend out of town with family; my first of several planned vacations this summer. But I’ve…

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5 Ways to Stay Calm When Someone is Angry with You

Emotions are contagious. When you’re with someone who is in a good mood, it makes you feel good.  And when you’re with someone who’s down, it’s hard to stay perky. This is especially true with anger.  I remember the words of a client who said to me after a two-hour irate discussion with a colleague,…

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3 Powerful Ways Supervisors Nurture Big Creativity at Work

The activities that have made your organization successful in the past are likely not the same activities that will ensure it thrives in the future. As people responsible for the productivity of others, supervisors can, at times, see how their teams are limited by what is in place today. Thinking beyond what is requires stretching…

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5 Simple Ways for Supervisors to Avoid Destructive Feedback

One of the most challenging parts of supervision is to give feedback that is helpful rather than harmful to the people we support. In last week’s article, we walked through how to determine what to do when someone is having an issue with performance or behavior.  But what if you’ve decided to discuss the subject,…

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