integrity leadership

Building Trust at Work – It’s not as easy as it looks.

Lately I’ve been hearing about the significant role of trust in the workplace: People follow leaders that they trust. High-performing teams trust each other.  New-comers must quickly spot allies and enemies – so they know who to trust.

Trust is one of those slippery conceptual words that evokes all kinds of emotional reactions. I think that’s because so many people carry personal stories of work place pain and betrayal. What is more insulting than to say someone “can’t be trusted”?  If you are gossiping,

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Professionally Dealing with Life’s Distractions

Let’s face it – sometimes work gets in the way of life.  Or vice versa, depending on how you look at it.  Even the most organized and well-balanced people will face unexpected and unwelcome distractions from work. Whether it’s a crisis like an injured loved-one, a child’s struggle with schoolwork or a flooded basement – or a more positive distraction like getting married or falling in love – eventually life is going to interrupt your concentration.  What works for one, won’t work for all – but here are a dozen suggestions for you (or for you as the leader of a distracted employee) that you can use to help keep things on-track:

  1. Don’t deny you are distracted. 

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Leadership Integrity: Standing for what is right

Integrity is a word that is used a lot, especially in leadership literature. Generally, it is defined with an easily flung off  “do as you say you will do” kind of definition. Leaders are told to be sure that everything they do and say is consistent. That people learn to rely on them to be exactly what they claim to be.

As though congruency is an easy trait. In my experience, it becomes harder and harder to act in total congruency with our thoughts,

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