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Calming Your Brain During Conflict

  Article by Diane Musho Hamilton. Full article can be found at https://hbr.org/2015/12/calming-your-brain-during-conflict Conflict wreaks havoc on our brains. We are groomed by evolution to protect ourselves whenever we sense a threat. In our modern context, we don’t fight like a badger with a coyote, or run away like a rabbit from a fox. But … Read more

Science Explains What Happens to Someone’s Brain From Complaining Every Day

  Full article can be found at https://www.powerofpositivity.com/complaining-changes-brain-anxious-depressed-research/ “Thought changes structure … I saw people rewire their brains with their thoughts, to cure previously incurable obsessions and trauma.” ~ Norman Doidge, Canadian-born psychiatrist and author of The Brain That Changes Itself Neuroplasticity: The Good and The Bad The human brain is remarkably malleable. It can … Read more

Managing Board Conflict

  Article by E. Grant MacDonald, Director Non-Profit Sector Leadership Program – exerts only. Full article can be found at http://www.orgwise.ca/sites/osi.ocasi.org.stage/files/resources/Managing%20Board%20Conflict.pdf The Four Arenas of Board Conflict For boards of directors of community organizations, there are typically four arenas in which conflict manifests itself. Conflict among board members Conflict on the board itself arises as … Read more

Stop Complaining About Your Colleagues Behind Their Backs

  Article originally posted at https://hbr.org/2018/10/stop-complaining-about-your-colleagues-behind-their-backs and written by Deborah Grayson Riegel. In my coaching work with leaders and teams, I often ask my clients whether they engage in workplace gossip. More often than not, they respond, “of course not!” with a look on their faces that indicates that they are insulted to have been … Read more

4 Things to Do Before a Tough Conversation

  Article originally posted at https://hbr.org/2019/01/4-things-to-do-before-a-tough-conversation and written by Joseph Grenny. I was in denial for about a year and a half before I admitted that I needed to fire Randy. His work performance had made the conclusion inescapable for years, but he was so darned nice and likeable that I gave him the benefit … Read more

Working with People Who Aren’t Self-Aware

  Article originally posted at https://hbr.org/2018/10/working-with-people-who-arent-self-aware and written by Tasha Eurich. Even though self-awareness — knowing who we are and how we’re seen — is important for job performance, career success, and leadership effectiveness, it’s in remarkably short supply in today’s workplace. In our nearly five-year research program on the subject, we’ve discovered that although … Read more

How to Take Criticism Well

  Article originally posted at https://hbr.org/2019/04/how-to-take-criticism-well and written by Sabina Nawaz. Many years ago, I had the opportunity to run an organization. I was excited about the possibilities ahead of us and the goals we could realize. However, instead of receiving unanimous enthusiasm for what I thought was an exciting vision, some team members found … Read more

11 Ways to Deal With a Workplace Cyberbully

Article originally posted at https://www.verywellmind.com/ways-to-deal-with-workplace-cyberbully-460547 and written by Sherri Gordon. Most people consider cyberbullying a teenage issue, but the workplace is not immune to cyberbullying. In fact, workplace bullies often use cyberbullying to intimidate coworkers and control their environment. As a result, knowing how to respond is essential. While every situation is different, if you know in advance how to … Read more

Home for the Holidays: Tips for Overcoming Holiday Anxiety and Stress.

  Article written by R. Morgan Griffin and originally posted on WebMD. Controlling Holiday Stress Experts say that the holidays can make people feel out of control. We feel at the mercy of our relatives or steamrolled by the sheer force of family tradition. But you have a say. The key is to take some control … Read more

The Power of Silence

  Article written by Jim Fannin and originally posted on Huffington Post. Silence is powerful. It’s between the notes of some of the greatest songs ever recorded. We don’t always notice because multiple tracks of vocals, percussion, string and horns block it out. But silence is there. Without it, the recording would just be noise. … Read more