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Things that Make Conflict Worse

I see a lot of conflict in the workplace. And I’m sure that you have had to face conflict at one time or another in your life. Sometimes it’s a minor problem that gets fixed quickly. And other times the conflict just keeps getting worse and worse until it seems like it can never be fixed. The pattern of conflict

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Organizational Culture and the 5 Monkeys Experiment

Have you ever heard the story of the 5 Monkeys Experiment? It may sound familiar when you think of your organizational culture. It goes like this: 5 monkeys were placed in a cage as part of an experiment. In the middle of the cage was a ladder with bananas on the top rung. Every time a monkey tried to climb the ladder,

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Lessons from Becoming a PhD

I recently graduated from Fielding Graduate University with a PhD in Human Development. But I didn’t just “Get a PhD”; I experienced a fascinating journey and learned many lessons from “Becoming a PhD”. Here are some of the lessons I learned on this journey. Some Lessons from Becoming a PhD: I learned about complexity, and how everything is connected in many surprising ways.

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Navigating Through Organizational Change

I was recently facilitating a session entitled “Navigating Through Organizational Change”. The focus was helping ourselves survive and thrive in times of organizational change. My preparation time became an opportunity to reflect on why, at times, we find it so hard to deal with change. We accept many changes in our lives on a regular basis; and big changes too!

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7 Steps to Better Horizontal Collaboration

I recently worked with a client group in a large federal government department that was trying to establish better horizontal collaboration across the directorate. Organizational silos are a common challenge for many of our clients. Groups become so involved in their own work and priorities that they neglect to notice what’s happening in the next office. This is called ‘silo

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