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You’re Kidding – No Coach? Three Power Benefits

Remember any of the coaches you had as a kid in Little League or Soccer or Softball? Or maybe for a school sports team? The best coaches I remember are the ones my children had. When my sons were in Little League, they had a pair of coaches that were super terrific. I remember the very first meeting of the season. Bob, the older one, pulled out a scrapbook and proceeded to show clippings he'd ...
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How to Subtly Piss off Your Employees and Make’em Skedaddle

What does it take to get employee engagement down, turnover up, and your Glassdoor reputation score down in the pits? The answer is simple. Make your culture stink. Here's how. All Work and No Play? Jack and Jill Become Dull – no, make that EX – employees. Step One: Don't Let Anyone Have a Sense of Play in their jobs. I'm not suggesting that a lack of ping pong tables and Nerf guns is going ...
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Put down the duckie

3 Reasons We Have to “Put Down the Duckie”

One of my all-time favorite Sesame Street songs is "Put Down the Duckie." Never heard of it? Perhaps a little background is required to remind you (or bring you up to speed) of the history of the Rubber Duckie in Sesame Street. "Rubber Duckie" was, after all, Ernie's signature song, debuting on the very first episode of Sesame Street. A few years later, in 1970, it actually hit #16 in the Billboard top 100. Fifteen ...
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Four Ways Leading Virtual Teams Is Different

It wasn't that long ago that the "workplace of the future" was a Jetsons image:  commuters going to work in flying cars. At the turn of the century, I worked with team members a few thousand miles away -- most of the time via video conferencing, but still using once-a-month face to face meetings after 3 hour flights (in a plane, not in my flying car!). But, technology has taken us a different direction...enabling us ...
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Three Reasons You Should Wander Around

To wander is defined, by Meriam-Webster and by most of us, as "characterised by  aimless, slow or pointless movement."  We think of wandering as lonely poverty (think of "wandering minstrels" and itinerant preachers, or the activity of men in the mall who are waiting on others who shop.)  If we're describing more purposeful movement, we use words like "migration" (because ducks and geese and human migrants have a purpose in their movement) or "exploring" (because Cousteau ...
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The Great Pumpkin – With Protein, Even

One of the things I love most about the holidays is the nostalgia of the foods that were on the table at my grandmother's house, at my aunt's house and on our own kitchen table.  Of course that had to include pumpkin pie! Over the years, I've added to my pumpkin-loving list: pumpkin cookies and, more recently, a pumpkin latte with a pumpkin spice bagel, or a wonderful pumpkin soup.  Of course, the primary problem ...
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Three Reasons Why You Should Stop Being Responsive

Google declared being responsive as the Gold Standard for web design, so the responsive vs adaptive argument is over.   Responsive design usually refers to a website that adjusts it size to fit the dimensions of your device ... resulting in just the right display size for your phone, tablet or large screen. Adaptive, on the other hand, refers to changing not only the format of the information, but changing WHAT is presented based upon ...
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Mom Taught Me These 4 Ways to Transform Conflict

A mother's wisdom is seldom appreciated when we're children. It's only after we get to be as OLLLLD as mom was that we begin to be as wise as she was. Growing up with three sisters (two older, one younger) gave me plenty of opportunity to be in the midst of conflict. I know I started my fair share of these conflicts, although I'll never admit that to my sisters! My mother, the peacemaker, always ...
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