two cocktails on a bar

Some of you got excited when you saw cocktail in the title above, didn’t you? You figured, “Finally, somebody agrees with me—a little liquid social lubricant can go a long way to getting people to loosen up and talk…”  Slow down there, Norm. We’re not heading for Cheers. That’s a different conversation.  But I’ll give you this much:…

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door with title Complaints Dept.

When your employees voice a problem, split off the complainer from the complaint to get at the real issue (For my previous thoughts on workplace problems and a drama-free workplace, see People are the Problem and Solve it with Structure.) We live in an age of outrage. Whatever it is—jobs, schools, restaurants, auto repair, retail…

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Layers that Build Success Now, let’s take a look now at how the ACMP Standard actually fits into the layers. As I mentioned, the ACMP Standard has a layered structure. Starting at the highest conceptual level, it details the change process all the way down to day-to day tactical steps for implementation—which all map out…

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Drama-Free Workplace: Part 2

Livin’ the Dream: A Drama-Free Workplace Part 2: But I Have Good News—Structure Can Fix Your Drama (People) Problem In Part 1, I discussed how drama and conflict in the workplace are usually caused by personality clashes. We talked about identifying personalities and motivations, and how understanding them can help you target the actual issues…

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Hands Stacked

Livin’ the Dream: A Drama-Free Workplace Part 1: I Hate to Tell You, But It’s Your People Do you dream of a drama-free workplace? One without personality conflicts? Or emotional turmoil? Experience has convinced me that all workplace issues are usually people issues. And it doesn’t matter what industry or what problem—if you’re experiencing a…

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Have you ever paid attention to what question you ask yourself in your head most frequently? Does is start with What, Why, Who or How? Add the 1st word of your ‘internal question’ to the Comments Section so you can see how you compare to everyone else! We’ll come back to this in a minute……

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This is a blog on how to manipulate people using words.  We keep hearing we should empower people to use the new system, lose weight, advance their careers, etc but I’ve recently read only 3% of any audience is ready to be empowered or influenced. If they were empowered they could do it on their…

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