Growing and Making Progress

3 Steps to Becoming the Person You Desire to Be

“Growth is not steady, forward, upward progression. It is instead a switchback trail; three steps forward, two back, one around the bushes, and a few simply standing, before another forward leap.” –Dorothy Corkville Briggs Becoming the person we want to be is a gradual process. We learn and grow line upon line. Here is a…

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Dealing with Multiple Bosses–Four Strategies

Do you work in a matrix environment? Do you have several managers making requests of you, each with their own agenda and priorities? How do you effectively cope with more than one boss? Working in a matrix organization with multiple bosses can create major challenges: Work overload. A common refrain in workplaces around the globe…

Challenging Conversations – Be Present AND Show It

Even if you’re fully present during a challenging conversation, the person you’re speaking with may not get the full benefit if your physical behavior does not demonstrate it. Being fully present—and showing it—demonstrates that you care and that you are interested in working together to resolve the matter at hand. You demonstrate you are fully…

6 Ways to Get Rid of Emotional Baggage BEFORE a Challenging Conversation

If you can travel lightly, emotionally speaking, a challenging conversation will take a lot less effort. But how do you unload that excess emotional baggage? Here are a few creative ways to get the emotions out. Any number of these may work for you—so pick one you like, or try them all.  (Preparation is also…