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Recalculating ... does it make you cringe?

If you have a Global Positioning System (GPS) device in your vehicle, you've most certainly, at some point or another, heard the condescending and cringe-worthy phrase "Recalculating ..." delivered in the dulcet tones of the GPS genie. Because I've heard this phrase more often than I care to admit, I've actually cracked the code. You see "Recalculating ..." really means "Hey moron, you missed your exit!"

All joking aside, despite the honeyed timbre with which it is delivered, most of us wince, at least a little, when we hear "Recalculating". Why? Because it makes us feel stupid. But really, when you think about it, we shouldn't feel foolish at all. A recalculation only happens when the GPS device realizes that it's off track and it knows where it took a wrong turn. So "recalculating" is actually a positive statement; it means that the GPS knows that it took a wrong turn, it knows where it is, AND it has the information it needs to correct course, get back on track and proceed in the right direction.

Let's apply this logic to the workplace. Have you ever taken a "wrong turn" in your decision making? Found yourself in a situation where you've realized that you have to turn around and retrace your steps in order to get back on your intended path? Or recognized that because of your misstep, you have to find a different route to your destination? No doubt at that very moment, you've probably mentally chastised yourself and felt a little foolish. But really, when you think about it, you shouldn't! What you've really said to yourself is "recalculating ..." and that's a good thing! Because you know you made a wrong turn, you know where you are, and you have the knowledge and the skills to correct your course and get back on track.

So how often does your "recalculating ..." kick in? Do you mentally kick yourself, or do you see it as a positive step? I'm curious to know how successful you are at keeping the negativity at bay. Please share online at my blog at:


Our first online event of 2014!

Don't Back Down – Dealing with bullies in the workplace

Whether you're supervising a bully, or you're the victim, workplace bullying is costing you! As a manager, the cost is financial – lower productivity, decreased employee morale, and higher absenteeism and staff turnover. As a target of bullying, the cost is your mental, emotional and physical health. And it's even worse if the bully is your boss! Bullying can take many forms – name calling, teasing, spreading unpleasant rumors, deliberate exclusion, intentional bodily harm, or even cyberbullying. Whatever your situation, taking action is critical if you want to change the outcome. But taking action is easier said than done ... until now!

On January 29, Merge will be leading a live online event in which you'll learn, in detail, what to watch for, what to do, and what to say in order to deal with the bullies in your work life. In one fast-paced, power-packed hour, you'll learn how to put a permanent stop to the bullying so that you can create a respectful work environment where you, your co-workers and your employees want to work and excel. For more information, or to register, visit our detailed information page.


Turning Managers into Leaders

That Merge has been privileged to work with over 250 client organizations?

She has worked with sales managers, service managers, and government managers; C-suite executives, association executives and not-for-profit executives; franchise owners; academic leaders, student leaders, armed forces leaders, and healthcare leaders in just about every industry in countries all over the world. And she'd love to work with you! Her is a partial client list.

Merge's professional practice is focused entirely on turning managers into leaders; on helping great people become exceptional leaders by turning people power into real and tangible results. Whether you need a keynote or a break-out session at your next conference or convention; customized leadership skills training; a fun and educational team-building event; help with facilitating a high-stakes meeting; consulting support on your people-related issues and projects; or one-on-one mentoring for your high-potential leaders; Merge can help!


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