Category: Tough Situation Tools

workplace gossip

Dealing with workplace gossip – Dogs don’t bark at parked cars

An unusual Bahamian saying offers a perspective on how to deal with gossip and back-biting — a useful workplace lessons for all.

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How to communicate sensitive messages

Sometimes you will have to make decisions that will not be liked by your staff; it’s one of the responsibilities of leadership.  While you can’t avoid making unpopular decisions, there are things that you can do to help your team

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Systematize how you handle failure; you will create a powerful tool for employee learning

In today’s blog post, I’m back with another idea in our ongoing series of specific things that leaders can do to encourage and support employee learning.  Today’s tip: systematize learning from failure. Normalize failure and systematize how you learn from

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Employee growth comes from allowing your people to struggle

For the past several months, I’ve been offering up specific ideas for employee growth, things that you, as a leader, can do to help your people develop and grow into leaders themselves.  So today I have strategy #17 in this

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Picture of man pointing and yelling, showing loss of self control.

Identify Triggers and Keep Your Cool

Leaders have to stay poised and in control, even in trying moments. The first step to doing so is to identify your main triggers. Leadership expert Merge Gupta-Sunderji explains.

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A problem employee must be dealt with promptly

If you don’t deal with a problem employee swiftly and firmly, you run the risk that a few rotting leaves will ruin the whole salad.  Let me explain. Bagged salad from the grocery store is simple and convenient, so I

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