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Difference between team-building and team cohesion

#teambuilding #teamcohesion #managers When I’m contracted to facilitate True Colors™ team-building workshops, I often ask the client to explain their goals for the training. This information helps me customize my content to meet their needs.  It also helps me understand their overall expectations of the training. More often than not, their response to my question is “team-building” or some will say “team cohesion”. It prompted me to ponder: is there a difference between team building…

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Your Personality and Your Leadership Style

Let’s ponder Your Personality and Your Leadership Style. Managing people can be tricky. No, it is tricky.  There are hurdles, challenges and a multitude of tests.  If you ever Google terms like “being a good manager” or “tips for managers”, hundreds of results surface. Some are good.  Others are worthy of an instant click on the noble “back” arrow. I hope you don’t do that here. 🙂   But, “Your Personality and Your Leadership Style” seemed…

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Training Kansas City Youth for Success

I’m a better “aunt” than “mom” …when it comes to other people’s kids, that is. Allow me to offer some context. Training Kansas City Youth is my skill; ongoing opportunities and supports are not. Over the years, I have developed a great reputation for  delivering engaging, effective and fun True Colors training in Kansas City. I’ve trained the gamete – young, old and everything in between. But, I recognized a long time ago that I am better with…

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Dressing inappropriately for job interview

Dressing inappropriately for a job interview should not be a  fatal career mishap. I felt so badly.  I almost couldn’t rebound from that lurking, heavy, dark sense of regret. It was like a gray cloud looming over my training and I couldn’t seem to shake it. I thought about what I should have said, could have said and ended back at the point of the scenario where remorse resided. Let me get you caught up. The…

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Managing Volunteers -Tips for Volunteer Managers

Managing volunteers is the trickiest of management situations. It requires a share of intentionality, planning and even mind-reading.  #Volunteers #Volunteermanagement (sorry, this is for my Twitter feed). 🙂 First of all, volunteers are not staff. Duh, right? Unlike staff, they are not aligned to your organization because of a paycheck. I like to say, volunteers are “paid in currency of the heart”. They serve because they care. Either they care about your mission, your constituency or…

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Email Etiquette Tips for Managers

Todays topic: Email Etiquette Tips for Managers Have you ever been completely awe struck by a rude, silly or insensitive email? I have! I can believe how ignorant (or insensitive) some managers email communications can be. I’ve met and encountered several leaders who desperately need to read an entire book on email etiquette tips for managers. What surprised me most was that the person’s email tone was completely different from the

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Be it ever so humble…

  My mom is one of the most independent seniors I know. She’s swiftly approaching the big “80”, but if you met her, you’d never guess it. Within five minutes in her presence, you’d discern she is resolutely confident, vastly intelligent and noticeably active for a woman of her years. I often think of her as invincible. Then “yesterday” happened. For the first time ever, she fainted. I shudder at the mere thought of it.…

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5 Top Conversation Starters for Networking

Looking for conversation starters for networking? Some people would rather stick a skewer in their left eye than enter a room full of strangers. I’m not that bad, but I am a little introverted. Most people who know or have met me wouldn’t believe it, but it’s true. If you’re anything like me do what I do:  arrive at networking events early before the crowd begins to assemble. It’s more manageable watching a “room” grow…

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Team maintenance in the workplace – Kansas City Workshops

I think team maintenance is more important than team building.  Team maintenance in the workplace is often overlooked as the part of the team growth process.  It’s all about team-building, but what happens after the team has built the initial connection (or re-connection)? Team maintenance in the workplace preserves the bonds, connections and networks necessary for collaboration. Most teams work hard to build these bonds, but they can go away.  Teams are essentially people gathered…

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Handling Workplace Distractions

Workplace distractions can be so…distracting! Here are a few examples: People chatting while you’re trying to concentrate. Your boss conspicuously walking around talking to you. The incessant roar of conversation outside your cubical. The copier. That person playing her music across the hall. I could go on and on. Handling workplace distractions is challenging, but not impossible. Here is what helps me: 1. Earbuds. I mean the good ones. Frankly, never had a pair before…

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