Growing Your Business, Growing Yourself

As business owners, we are always looking for ways to grow our revenue, grow our client base, and grow our business as a whole. But sometimes we get busy doing day-to-day tasks, and don’t have time or space for the things that are really going to move us forward. We […]

Does Business Have You Chasing Your Tail?

Ever watch a cat or dog chase their tail? To be sure, it is quite humorous. The real question is when was the last time someone watched you chasing your tail? As I reflect on various chapters of my life and as I hear friends and colleagues share various experiences […]

10 Things I learned About Life and Business from a Single Mom

I was raised as the only child of a hard working single Mom. In my formative years, she taught me so much about life and business. Truthfully, I didn’t know that’s what I was learning until the day came for me to enter the business world. Then, moment by moment, […]

The Emotionally Intelligent Candidate

While academics debate whether emotional intelligence (EI) can be taught, in the workplace, HR professionals are searching for ways to identify EI among candidates and strengthen it in employees. [shareable cite=”Thomas K. Arnold”]EI is the ability to understand your own feelings and to empathize with other people. [/shareable] Dean Bender, […]

Confrontation – Turning the Tables

In my last blog, I spoke about confrontation from the viewpoint of the manager initiating the moment. Now it’s time to talk about a response or reaction from the viewpoint of the recipient. You must realize that confrontation comes in many forms from many sources. Being able to prepare yourself […]

How to Get the Most Out of Confrontation

Here’s a scenario. A problem has been brewing for months. You wish it would go away, but it is quite apparent it will not. The stage is set for confrontation, something most of us do not enjoy. Since we fear the damage to relationships and the potentially distasteful consequences, confrontation […]

It’s My Job….Really?

I love a good song ballad. Jimmy Buffett is one of the best story tellers in his songs. Oh sure, there are many pieces in his work that are just silly, but then there are jewels that slide by if you are not paying attention. This one caught my ear. […]

Networking for the Advancement Game

Advancement. It’s on everyone’s mind. Many of my coaching sessions include a discussion about this topic. Yet, while advancement is such a concern, I am stunned by the number of times the notion of networking as a means toward advancement is viewed as an “ah-ha” moment. What I mean is, I […]

Finding Slack for Better Work-Life Balance

When I was a kid, we actually played with the old tin cans connected by string. By pulling the string tight between the cans, you could use them as a low grade telephone to talk to your friends. The science was that sound waves which could be transmitted down the […]

Power Trippin’

As managers, many face the challenge of handling the power that comes with our position. All positions of management have some notion of power attached, whether the person filling the role deserves it or not. The fact that they were selected to be the manager gives them that power. [shareable […]