A Good Day to Stay Home

My dogs hate the car. Trying to take them anywhere is stressful – for them and for me. As soon as Hamish realizes a car ride is on tap, he hides behind the couch. My other dog, Skye, is excited and happy, bouncing around with joy… until we get to the point of actually getting…

Change Management

Change within an organization can occur at many levels and to differing degrees. When a major shift in a company must take place, it is understandable that employees may be nervous and apprehensive about their perceived outcome of the situation. How this change is effectively managed by the organization is critical for both short-term and…

Parents – Don’t Let Your Kids….

You can fill in the blank. There is a lot of advice out there and we do need to protect children from those dangers from which they may not be able to recover. But where do we draw that line and let them learn things for themselves? Full disclosure – I am not a parent.…

Taking Responsibility – Part 2

Last week I outlined some problems that arise when a person is confused about what he or she is responsible for and I posed a question: What guidelines help you to know where your responsibility lies? Hopefully this gave you food for thought, and you had some good ideas. Here are some guidelines I’ll offer…

Taking Responsibility – Part 1

If you were here at LifeMatters® taking calls and seeing clients in person like I do, you might be surprised by how people get their lives twisted in knots because they don’t know what they should and should not take responsibility for. You see that a lot in my work. If you asked me for…

Collisions Challenge

I’ll admit it, I’m a little star struck. In my professional world, Tony Hsieh is a star, and I recently had the opportunity to hear him speak. He is the CEO of Zappos, and he is best known for transforming the way we think about company culture. Tony has created a workplace culture of happiness…

The Other Side of Anger

Some of us manage our anger too well – not letting it out when it would be valuable to do so. Our anger builds up, stays inside, festering, doing damage. We have all heard about anger management classes and counseling. They are offered to those who tend to blow up, lose control, even harm others…

Moving From Peer to Manager

One of the challenging situations that I dealt with as a supervisor was making the initial transition from being peers with my coworkers to being their manager. While taking on this type of role was exciting, I was also aware that it meant there would be a shift in the interactions with my colleagues, especially…

Be Fair to Yourself

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” – W.E. Hickson “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a… fool about it.” – W.C. Fields The first quote, although from a British man, is very American. We have the idea that you can…

Vulnerability, the Birthplace of Change

I do not want to write this blog! I have been planning to write a blog on Brené Brown, Ph.D., and her research on vulnerability for months now. Brené is amazing. She is a researcher studying shame and vulnerability. She has written a book on the topic, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms…