The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines conflict as the opposition of persons or forces that gives rise to the dramatic action in a drama or fiction. I keyed in on the word drama. Many times when my clients share their feelings about conflict, it’s from a negative standpoint and filled with drama. This week’s Tip by Craig Runde and Tim Flanagan, provides ways to develop your competence in working with conflict. Conflict doesn’t have to involve drama when engaged in constructively.
Assumptions can be misleading, get us into trouble with our clients and/or boss and be a big waste of time. We may think we know what others want us to do, but unless we ask the question, we don’t know for sure and then may spend time working on things that don’t matter. This week’s Tip by Donald Wetmore provides a great question to ask to gain clarity and direction.
At the end of each year, just as I ask you to review your prior year accomplishments and set your goals for the new year, I do the same exercises. Many times, I would merely tweak the prior year’s goals to create this year’s goals. Read this week’s Tip to learn how 2013 will be different for me.
I love ideas that pull you toward them – your vision, positive goals, molten lava cake. In this week’s Tip, Steve Straus shares the difference between fixing and improving. An improving mindset has you look at how you want things to become, while fixing has you focusing on what is wrong. Which mindset inspires you?
In this week’s Tip, Amy Lyman shares a metaphor using the collaboration and contribution that each part of the orchestra adds to make the piece outstanding. She then applies that to business. A great reminder!
This week’s Tip by Chris Widener reminds us that leaders are needed. Others are depending on you to take on your leadership role. What’s stopping you?
This week’s Tip provides 6 questions to ask yourself as you consider how you did on your 2012 goals and how that time of reflection can help in setting your 2013 goals. See the What’s New section for a process to capture your accomplishments and set your goals.
“How do I share my ideas so that my team sees what I see?” James asked at the beginning of our coaching session last week. This week’s Tip by Peter Jensen discusses the importance of communicating using imagery to enhance performance.
December is filled with holiday parties. Be strategic this year. In addition to spending time with colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere, use this time to connect with people who could be mentors for you. Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch provide suggestions on how to find a mentor and then capitalize on the relationship.
Are you the type of person who, when confronted with an opportunity, always says, “Let’s go for it!”? Or are you the type who holds back, examining the pros and cons before making a decision? This week’s Tip explores how the second, more cautious type can become more comfortable with taking risks.