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Do This Before You Start Strategic Planning

Do This Before You Start Strategic Planning

Before you dive into strategic planning, think about all the human issues that get in the way of evaluating and selecting the right path. Strategic planning is presented as a sterile, logical, process but it’s anything but. If you don’t actively manage these psychological issues, your strategy process will likely derail.

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Working Cross-functionally? Build Trust Before You Need It

Working Cross-functionally? Build Trust Before You Need It

Too much work, too many silos, and a variety of other problems mean that we invest too little in proactively building cross-functional relationships. That comes back to bite when you need something. It’s so important to invest in building trust with your colleagues in other functions BEFORE you need it. Here’s how.

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Why You Think You’re Listening, but You’re Not

Why You Think You’re Listening, but You’re Not

Listening, truly listening, is one of the hardest skills to master. Avoiding external distractions like your phone is one thing. Avoiding internal distractions like your brain’s compulsion to anticipate, relate, or judge is another. Use this list of common listening hurdles to identify where you commonly get tripped up and to prioritize your efforts to do a better job of listening to people this week.

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How to End a Business Relationship

How to End a Business Relationship

Among the many awkward business conversations that one needs to master to be productive, the “don’t call me, I’ll call you,” is one of the worst. Today, based on my own recent efforts to tackle my aversion to uncomfortable conversations, I bring you a few strategies (and a few sentences) to end an unproductive, unenjoyable, or unnecessary business relationship.

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Pay Off One Conflict Debt in Your Life

Pay Off One Conflict Debt in Your Life

I talk about conflict debt frequently, but I usually focus on the cost to your organization or to your team dynamics. Today, I shift the focus to the cost of conflict debt on you. Where have you been avoiding an issue so that it’s now slowly eroding trust or contributing to resentment? How can you take the first step to get out of that conflict debt and escape the stress and self-doubt that comes with it? When might it be best to walk away instead?

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Reset Your Remote Management Approach

Reset Your Remote Management Approach

After coming out of the gates of 2021 hard, I am seeing teams crashing in February. More stress, more emotion, less productivity. We need a reset. Here are 10 things you can do to reset your remote management and get your team back on track. And if you are too busy to read a whole post, I have included the link to the quick click through version near the top.

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