#adulting

As a parent of two older teens, I’ve had fun with the current #adulting trend. A little self-deprecating humour goes a long way in helping myself #rightsize my opinions of myself as well as my perception of self-importance and irreplace-ibility. This morning, after a very long and full work week with 4 am mornings and 11 pm evenings and being “on-the-clock” almost the whole time, I really wanted to sleep in. However, having been out of the office and away from home for the majority of the week, with a significant event tomorrow requiring extensive preparation today along with a…

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Not about carrots; Forget the stick!

As a leader, the need to deliver results is an all too present pressure that leads to ineffective management strategies. This applies not just to business situations, but in your volunteer and family realm as well. Often, without intention a leader will default into techniques that they know cause frustration and, if used long-term, lead to team dysfunction. In the business world this can be  implied reprimands; as a volunteer leader, dubious techniques like changing the start time for the perpetually late; and as a parent, yelling. Research consistently shows that neither the carrot nor the stick are effective long-term…

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