Effective Communication: Do I Understand What You Are Saying?

Effective Communication is one of the most important parts of being a great coworker, employee, and person. What does it mean to be an effective communicator? An effective communicator can be defined as timely, concise, clear, and authentic. These characteristics will help deliver excellent customer service, create strong interpersonal skills, and foster meaningful relationships. Exploring Methods…

Planning for Success

I was a freshman in college and I was NOT transitioning well from a small high school of 350 students to a large university of 35,000+. No one taught me how to study, how to take notes, how to say “no” to friends when they asked if I wanted to hang out, or how to…

Say Less, Ask More

“Answers are closed rooms; and questions are open doors to invite us in.”- Nancy Willard Are there any other chatterboxes out there? Do you catch yourself interjecting or trying to offer advice as soon as you can identify a problem? You just really want to help right? Turns out jumping to help can actually not…

Part 1: Creating a “Success” Mindset

How do you define greatness? There is a difference between striving to be the best at what you are doing and being the greatest version of yourself. For most of us, there will always be someone who can be perceived as “better” than us. They can lift more weight, run faster; they make more money,…

Featured Speaker: Having Difficult Conversations (Video)

We were honored to feature Marc Falkenstein today in our first ever Google Broadcast! Check out the video to hear about his experiences with difficult conversations. Marc dives into the most difficult workplace conversations he has had, as well as tips and tricks. Click Here for full video discussion! 

Difficult Conversations: Understanding Yourself, to help THEM

As we gear up for our featured speaker next week; I will be discussing the foundations of preparing for difficult conversations in the work place. Marc Falkenstein will be featured on May 4th, discussing having difficult conversations, the do’s/don’ts and imparting years of wisdom. What is the most basic foundation of facilitating a difficult conversation?…

Wisdom Wednesday: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

  When it rains it pours, right? While participating in a leadership cohort this week, there were several opportunities to coach/be coached which involved a lot of on the spot self-reflection and vulnerability. I am almost always of the flip-side of these conversations. It was an opportunity to examine the following: What am I doing well? What can…

Hey, Hi, Hello! 8 Steps To Build Strong Workplace Relationships

After moving every 2-3 years during my adult life, I have quite a few workplace experiences that have shaped the why I build relationships with my staff and coworkers alike. I have written with 8 Steps To Build Strong Workplace Relationships with these disclaimers in mind: Not all coworkers want to be friends. This is perfectly fine! This…

Motivational Monday- Prove Me Wrong

You may have heard the quote “you only get one chance to make a first impression.”  And although that is true, you have multiple opportunities to change that impression.   Occasionally our first impressions of employees, students, and other groups are negative based on the thoughts, experiences, and facts shared by others around us.  It…

Motivational Monday: Hustle

“A lot of people “know” what they need to do to make their organization more successful… but it is a precious few that possess the discipline to take those great ideas… and turn them into positive action on a daily basis.” – John Spence It seems as though many people I encounter within the realm…

Motivational Monday: Self Awareness

Recently, I have had discussions with old students of mine about Self Awareness and how that falls into responsibilities in the workplace.  It is one thing for someone to tell you you are doing something wrong that you were not aware was wrong, it is a completely different thing to view your actions from an…