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Have a Workplace Adversary? You Can Turn it Around – Almost Always.

Have a Workplace Adversary? You Can Turn it Around – Almost Always.

| November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Luke had been doing a lot of soul searching lately. It had not occurred to him that he was actually contributing to the adversarial relationship that had developed with his once supporter, Alex. As he considered his promotion several months ago and how he had handled the transition to the new role he winced at […]

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Continuing the Story – Cultivating Work Relationships

Continuing the Story – Cultivating Work Relationships

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Luke was looking forward to his meeting with Jane, Vice President of Operations for the division. As requested he read the first four chapters of Cultivate, The Power of Winning Relationships. Actually he had just finished Chapter 9, Adversary Relationships. He wanted to better understand the concept of Adversaries because recently he felt that a […]

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Do You Know the Quality of Your Work Relationships?

Do You Know the Quality of Your Work Relationships?

| September 25, 2014 | 3 Comments

He sat nervously outside the Vice President’s office – waiting to be called in. After just two years with the company, Luke wanted to do more, take on more responsibility, be seen as one of the emerging leaders. But how? He admired the Vice President. She was smart and had risen up the ranks quickly. […]

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Uncertainty Causes Our Brains to Sound the Alarm

Uncertainty Causes Our Brains to Sound the Alarm

| February 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

The following is a continuation of reviewing David Rock’s SCARF Model on understanding how our brain works. For information refer to Your Brain at Work by David Rock. Please visit my website at www.leaderscove.com. Under Resources you will find other newsletter that address the fascinating field of neuroscience. It was one of the toughest calls […]

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Optimizing an Employee’s Sense of Status Sans a Promotion

Optimizing an Employee’s Sense of Status Sans a Promotion

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

In my November newsletter, I talked about the importance of managers and leaders understanding how the brain functions. David Rock and his colleagues at the NeuroLeadership Institute have provided amazing research as well as recommendations on how we can better appreciate the reasons behind sometimes bewildering reactions from others as well as becoming much smarter […]

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What Leaders and Managers Need to Know About Neuroscience

What Leaders and Managers Need to Know About Neuroscience

| November 8, 2013 | 1 Comment

How often have you sat in a meeting and been overwhelmed by the undercurrents – emotions below the surface? Your emotions and those around you. Body language that portrays outright hostility to complete abdication. On the rare instance that the conduct is called out, the individual denies its existence. Developing a greater understanding and how […]

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In the Garden – Learning and Relearning

In the Garden – Learning and Relearning

| June 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

“A gardener sees the world as a system of interdependent parts – where healthy, sustaining relationships are essential to the vitality of the whole. A real gardener is not a person who cultivates flowers, but a person who cultivates the soil.” In business this has translated for me into the importance of developing agreements and […]

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Difference of Opinion, Not a Difference of Principle

Difference of Opinion, Not a Difference of Principle

| May 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

“Its soul, its climate, its equality, liberty, laws, people, and manners. My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!”  – Thomas Jefferson.   Jefferson was describing our culture. Culture defines who we are, what we believe, what we will […]

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Organizational Health, a 2013 Imperative

Organizational Health, a 2013 Imperative

| May 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Conference Board recently released the results of their CEO Challenges 2013 survey. The subtitle, Countering the Global Slowdown, Optimizing Talent and Operational Performance to Create Competitive Advantage, underscores the imperative for healthy organizations. The top five challenges reported, by global ranking, are: 1. Human Capital 2. Operational Excellence 3. Innovation 4. Customer Relationships and 5. […]

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The Hidden Value of Communicating Why

The Hidden Value of Communicating Why

| April 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

I recently had the opportunity to provide a series of workshops on Leading and Managing Change. This edition of Musings on the Cove touches on an important element in successfully leading and facilitating change – providing the Why. A leader’s willingness to provide the Why is impacted by his or her belief in honesty, transparency […]

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