How to be a Conflict Management Rockstar

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When you think of conflict, what comes to mind? When I ask this question in trainings and workshops, I generally get a quick list of words back, such as: disagreement, fight, fear, and discomfort. Sometimes people share stories of conflicts they have experienced. Almost always, these words and memories evoke negative emotions in the people who said them. People generally …

Authenticity in the workplace: Can you really be the real you at work?

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When I’m working with a group of people and ask them to self-select personality characteristics that are most natural to them, someone always asks, “Do you mean how I act at work or how I act in my personal life?” Is this a trick question? Not at all. Who we are is who we are – regardless of in what …

Structure and Flexibility in Personality Type

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I’ll admit I’m not the most flexible person in the world. I like to plan. Whether I’m working or on vacation, I want a clear schedule for what I’m doing during the day. (And the next day, and the next week…) When I was younger, I was genuinely confused by people who didn’t need this kind of structure in their …

Lead from the Inside Out

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Wouldn’t you agree the leaders who most inspire us are the ones who are truly passionate about what they believe in? Yet so many people try to improve their leadership ability by focusing solely on the skills and competencies that relate to leadership. While these are, of course, important, they aren’t what leadership is really about. The foundation of successful …

Using Personality Type to Reduce Conflict

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My last blog post was about understanding the basics of personality type, with a focus on the differences between extraversion and introversion. (Miss it? You can read it here.) This blog post is going to focus on how you can use your knowledge of extraversion and introversion to work more effectively with others. People generally tend to interact with others …

Understanding Personality Type: Do you know the REAL Difference between Extraversion and Introversion?

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Do you work with someone who is so unlike you that you can’t understand where they’re coming from? Or have you ever experienced frustration in a relationship because your friend or partner does things very differently from how you want to do things? Whether you realize it or not, most conflicts in the workplace and misunderstandings in relationships are the …

Beyond You Leadership

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This post was originally published on September 3, 2014 in Leadership Broward Foundation’s LeaderBoard E-Newsletter “Human beings are made for goodness. They have a commitment to try and make the world a better place.” –Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership isn’t about what we do for ourselves – it is about what we do for others. I was reminded of this recently …

To Lead Successful Work Teams, Don’t Focus On Work

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Leading work teams can be extremely challenging because you are suddenly put in a position where you are expected to lead a group of your peers. Even though you are responsible for the outcomes of the project, you have no formal authority over team members’ actions. How do you get everyone to respect your position without appearing bossy? How do …

Over-Confident Oscar and Inadequate Isaac: Young Professionals as Leaders in the Workplace

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A Guest Blog Post By Sheena Zawacki After years of dedication, focused preparation, and challenging course work, you have successfully matriculated from being a student, intern, or trainee into the role of a full-fledged young professional. Will you enter and transition through this role with overconfidence (you did just land the job you’ve been working towards, after all), or will …