Workplace Effectiveness

8 Magic Questions to Transform Your Workday

A strange thing has happened across American workplaces over the past several decades: some walls have come down, yet other walls are higher than ever before. Think about it: most of us work in open-plan offices, created, in theory, to promote openness, transparency, a lack of hierarchy. (And to save money, of course.) The physical…

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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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How Being Human Is Strategic

Quizzical gazes. Pursed lips. Crossed arms. Awkward silences. These are the reactions we observe from, oh, around half of the people who join one of our workshops for the first time. Within just a few minutes we’re talking about “being more human.” We’re urging everyone to reflect deeply about their sense of calling and beliefs.…

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Masks Women Wear

Be afraid. Be very afraid. That’s where our last blog ended. Lauding the value of fear as a driver of personal growth and collective innovation, reminding us that fear is a necessary precursor for learning. Which, of course, is true. But this week we were reminded how many women are very, very afraid in their…

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How to Put the Me in Team: 3 Everyday Actions

I used to run a lot of Team Building sessions. Yes, yes, I’ll admit it; please don’t judge me too harshly. You know the kinds of sessions I’m talking about: the Trust Falls and ten-pin bowling, the shorthand psychometric tests, the what-nobody-knows-about-me introductions. What can I say, it was the 90s, we were all high…

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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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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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