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Consulting to organizations and individuals globally for nearly 30 years, All Things Workplace provides quality information on how to be a better manager, employee, person.

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  • Coaching: The Four Essentials
    on Feb 2, 2016 in Coaching/Mentoring Leadership
    What makes coaching successful? Success is often attributed to mutual chemistry, technique, and readiness to learn. I agree that those are important ingredients in the process. But in reality, they are steps to achieving results. And that's what we'r...
  • No One Follows A Tentative Person
    on Jan 25, 2016 in Influence Leadership
    Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Therefore, give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you...
  • A Blessed Christmas to You and Your Family
    on Dec 25, 2015 in Holiday Thoughts
  • The "Thank You" War for Talent
    on Dec 21, 2015 in HR Leadership Talent Management
    Here are some thought-provoking statistics from an article in the UK's Management Issues. "Research by UK performance improvement consultants Maritz has found that almost one in five of us (19 per cent) have never been thanked for our efforts at...
  • You Can Influence: Here's How
    on Dec 15, 2015 in Influence Leadership
    Everyone wants to have influence; not everyone wants to build the relationships that enable it. There's a natural flow to being influential. Influence goes hand in hand with agreements. If you want to persuade someone to take a particular course...
  • How About "Design" vs. "Work"?
    on Oct 19, 2015 in Performance Management
    Right now, you are either thinking about or designing an idea, product, service, or process. Yet most of us don't view ourselves as designers. It sounds like a specific, creative field in which we don't have formal education. But we...
  • Leaders: Beware Comparisons
    on Oct 7, 2015 in Leadership Management
    When we were kids, my younger brother had to put up with teachers comparing the two of us throughout his school years. He was a star athlete, I was more of an academic. He didn't like the comparisons and neither...
  • Do You Use Verbal White Space?
    on Sep 29, 2015 in Communication
    Note: I was prompted by the recent political debates to re-publish this popular post from the 2012 archives. Hope you enjoy it! Graphic designers know how to focus your attention. They frequently communicate through the use of white space. Less...
  • Caution: Invisible AssumptionsWhen 300 engineers at a major East Coast utility were told to re-apply for jobs in their department as part of a major reorganization, they were livid. "I've been here 18 years." (Longevity means immunity to change) "I hired the...
  • What Are You Paying Attention To?
    on Sep 1, 2015 in Leadership
    There's an incongruity between time and money devoted to leadership development and the number of articles about bad bosses. Maybe its' time to re-visit the definition of "bad." Here's why: People do that for which they are rewarded. Period. I've...
  • Do Your Leaders Coach?That isn't a "gotcha" question. It's simply a direct one. Regardless of the job title, if we're responsible for how other people perform then we're responsible for how they learn to perform even better. One of the things we now...
  • Build Competence Through Questions
    on Jul 20, 2015
    Leaders do have to tell people exactly what to do when a person isn't yet competent--and confident--about the task or assignment. (The whole "leader" thing isn't just about high-concept and vision). But how do you develop managers who are knowledgeab...
  • Five Hints You Should Make A Change
    on Jul 13, 2015 in Change & Transitions
    If you've ever wondered what executive coaches really do that adds great value, it's this: We create a relationship that enables our client to clearly see reality. Life isn't a part of business; business is a part of life. So,...
  • Three Persuasive IdeasIf I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe.--Abraham Lincoln We never outgrow our need to be persuasive. Managers have to persuade employees to "get on board" with a new idea or change;...
  • Employee Engagement: Pay Attention to TheseThe notion of Employee Engagement has been with us for a while now. I noticed in a meeting last week that everyone was passionate when we started discussing "engagement". But the longer we talked, the less I was convinced that...
  • Paying Attention To People
    on Jun 16, 2015 in Leadership Performance Management
    Last week I was discussing the Hawthorne Effect during a speech on performance. It led to a lively Q&A, so I thought I'd re-visit this post from December, 2009. The original experiment and its impact on management and human behavior...
  • Meetings: The First 15 Minutes Matter
    on May 4, 2015 in HR Leadership Meetings
    Beginnings make a huge difference. Meetings offer a perfect example. I was working with a VP who started off her 3-day, first quarter meeting with a 20 minute introduction. In that 20 minutes she crisply and energetically laid out: The...
  • Learn How To Develop Others"Developing Others" ranks dead last on just about every organizational skill level survey with which I've been involved or have read. It's not because people lack awareness of its importance; quite the contrary. It's because development takes time. I...
  • Handle Objections With Questions
    on Apr 14, 2015
    You and I come up with some pretty wonderful ideas, which--for some strange reason--aren't immediately embraced by those around us. So what's our natural response? It's usually to start making statements in defense of our position, which then leads t...
  • 5 Tips Leaders Can Use Today
    on Mar 23, 2015 in Leadership
    One of the benefits of working with lots of leaders in many different organizations is the chance to see what really works, regardless of the individual personality or industry. So, here are: 5 Tips That Make A Difference 1. Leading...
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