Organization development

A Gracious Leader’s Secret Skill

Creating Beauty. There, we said it.  After a month of blogging on grace, we’ve summed it up with this maybe-not-so-simple piece of advice:  if you want to be a gracious leader then become intentional about creating beauty. And yes, we said beauty. We use words like  “beauty” and “joy” and “lighthearted” that people think don’t…

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Gut Check – Be Gracious

Grace. Yes, that’s right I said “grace.” There’s so much misunderstanding and so much mistrust going around these days. Not only in the world out there but in our places of work. So what about bringing some more grace and graciousness into how we go about our business? Subscribe to our blog, CHOOSE:

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Little Tricks, Big Treats

October has been all about masks here: the masks we wear in our workplace that make us feel stronger, more capable – safer. As we said at the start of the month: “We all have masks we wear, personas we adopt. But some feel like an extension of ourselves and some like an imposition on…

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Gut Check – Beauty in Business

Beauty is about qualities that stimulate our senses with pleasure. And so why does beauty not belong in business? What changes if we stop to ask, “How can be introduce some beauty into this…meeting…this document…this process?” Try it! Subscribe to our blog, CHOOSE:

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Drunk on Data: this C-Suite Compulsion May Lead to a Nasty Hang-Over

SEEMED REASONABLE TO ME Some years ago as a newly hired member of the management team, I was invited to be one of several managers to conduct focus groups with staff following a comprehensive culture survey. The process seemed thorough and thoughtful to me. Management had heard concerns from their teams. They’d commissioned a firm…

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Pain Rules: Be a Healing Workplace

You’ve probably observed at least a few of these problematic dynamics in your workplace recently: gossip and cliques inter-departmental conflict complaints about management decision-making frustration over a lack of accountability poor supervisor-supervisee interactions repeated demands for more learning opportunities inter-generational misunderstanding certain individuals working late all the time certain individuals doing the absolute minimum arguing…

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6 Habits of A Gutsy Workplace

What is “gutsy workplace?” How do you know if you are one? And what are some ways to create one? A GUTSY WORKPLACE Other words for gutsy are bold, daring, courageous, plucky, spirited, adventurous, audacious, fearless, intrepid. You get the picture. Yet we usually associate this quality with a person as opposed to a whole…

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Artistry in the Office: 5 Reasons It Belongs There

I love the months of April and May. I spent this entire past weekend gardening. Raking and mowing. Clipping and mulching. Planting and watering. Early Saturday evening my body was deliciously sore, my jeans thoroughly muddy at the knees, and my soul deeply connected with my surroundings. Gardening is one of my forms of artistry,…

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Innovation…Not!

We’re surrounded with calls for innovation in all sorts of businesses and organizations. The most reputable universities, the most dominant global consulting firms, and the most followed social media influencers are spinning out gobs content about “innovation.” I see the headlines and I “click!” I start to read the articles and the opening paragraphs excite…

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Why Choose Gutsy?

A friend of mine noticed I’ve started signing my emails with a new closing: “Choose Gutsy.” So she sent me a note to say, “Yes, we sure need more gutsiness. Please write about it.” OK, so here we are. So what’s behind it when I say, “choose gutsy?” What I’m talking about is making a…

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