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Workplace Stress: 4 Ways to Stress Reduction

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 7, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Trevor Stevenson posted in Conflict, Leadership

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Workplace stress is an occupational hazard at any position and in any organization. However, there are a number of ways to reduce workplace stress. Let’s look at a few reasons to  reduce stress, and some ways that you can create a healthier, happier workplace.

Stress acts as a barrier to productivity, health and happiness. Prolonged stress takes a toll on our bodies, our minds, and our work – and as with many physical reactions, it all starts with the brain. 

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Minimize Conflict and Disagreement Blues by Deepening Your Awareness

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 2, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Conflict, Confidence, Relationships

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I admit, I don't really want to minimize conflict. I know conflicts and disagreements are going to happen. You know what I really want? I want to minimize those all-too-familiar anxious feelings that arise in me when I am in conflict. Here's what has helped:

In the midst of disagreement, it is possible to create an environment where  blame, shame, guilt and fear are minimized. If we can do this, we can ensure the following:

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How to Get Over a Mistake

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 24, 2018 1:05:49 PM / by Dale Allen posted in Influence, Leadership, Conflict

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If we are supposed to learn from our mistakes, why are we so afraid to make them?

Has anyone ever misinterpreted or misunderstood what you said or intended? Have you ever misunderstood what someone meant and then reacted to? We make mistakes every day, large and small, from epic fails to minor faux pas: deadlines will be missed, a tone of voice will hurt, you will deliver something and your boss will not be pleased, your kids will think you’re a bad parent. 

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3 Steps to Creating (Conflict) Resolutions in the Workplace and Beyond

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 10, 2018 1:08:07 PM / by Trevor Stevenson posted in Influence, Leadership, Conflict

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While we often resolve to do something more, better, different at the beginning of a year, we rarely take the time to consider the conflicts that these resolutions create, and how we’ll deal with them.

 

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Changing Perspective Changes Results

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 24, 2017 8:16:57 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Leadership, Conflict

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Reframing... sometimes we just need to see things differently. 
 
Reframing is seeing a situation from a different perspective. It can be really helpful in problem solving and in conflictual situations where you want to move from a stuck place. At times when you're feeling confused, puzzled, or you have a big decision to make, reframing can be amazing and it also really then helps in learning.
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The Critical Steps in Conscious Communication

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2017 7:00:00 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Conflict, Relationships

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Life is about relationships: with others, yourself, your body, nature, the world. The quality of your communication is reflected in these relationships and is equal to the quality of your emotional well-being. The more you are aware of and implement the 2 critical steps in conscious communication, the flow of emotional well-being is heightened, happiness is accessible and clarity of mind to make great decisions becomes available. 

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Are you spinning?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 26, 2017 7:00:00 AM / by Trevor Stevenson posted in Leadership, Relationships, Confidence, Conflict

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As we work with leaders in various roles and types of organizations, one theme that we encounter across the leadership landscape is guilt. Leaders are often trapped by feelings of guilt. You can likely relate to experiences like this:

 

  • You need to talk to a staff member about missing too much time at work, but you feel guilty because you know the staff member is going through a difficult time at home.
  • You must address a performance issue with a team member who is failing to complete a project on time, but you think that you are at least partly to blame for not providing enough oversight and follow-up.
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Who wants to learn 'how to have difficult conversations?'

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM / by Trevor Stevenson posted in Leadership, Influence, Confidence, Conflict, Relationships

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This is something I hear often yet no one really wants to know how to have DIFFICULT conversations. We want to minimize the difficult part.

So..You know WHAT to say—but HOW will you say it?

When giving some tough news i.e. reorginization or layoffs at work or wanting to speak with family members or friends during some rough patches, we are often looking for some words to guide the conversation(s) we are about to have. 

Many of our executive clients and managers are given scripts at work, as a guide and they tell us those scripts provide an element of predictability that can feel comforting.

Yet, some of the leaders we work with review their scripts or practice conversations with us with a growing sense of unease, overwhelm and apprehension. Why?

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Using the Transformational Power of Conscious Communication to Elevate Your Impact

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 21, 2017 7:00:00 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Conflict

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We have all bumped up against human nature. Despite our sincere desire to have a positive impact on the world around us, we have all experienced disagreements, differences of opinions and disappointments, which in turn lead to frustrations, doubt, mistrust and stuck-ness in our situations or relationships.

 

Since 2004, in my role as a leadership strategist, I have been honoured to work with thousands of different people. I have found that most, like me, strive for three goals:

 

  1. To leave a place better than they found it
  2. To leave people feeling better for having worked together
  3. To engage in collaboration with an emphasis on trust, honour and integrity

 

More and more, I am meeting people who aspire to this intention. To me, that means a ‘hope for better’ is spreading. We can continue to have a meaningful impact by simply interacting with the above-mentioned intended goals. We need to speak, listen and act meaningfully.

  

Some variation of the 3 value goals above can be achieved even in the most confrontational of situations, but it does require an attitude shift. Instead of dwelling on the confrontational aspects of a situation, we need to stay focused on a conscious way of leading.

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Leadership and Life Lessons

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 26, 2017 7:00:00 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Confidence, Conflict, Leadership, Relationships

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There is no refund on time—once you’ve spent it, it’s gone.

 

Using your time more consciously, will give you the edge you need to achieve more in your world…

 

Have you ever had those days when things just don’t go according to plan? You find yourself going from meeting to meeting instead of leading, learning and delivering. You are conflicted, because you don’t want to miss a meeting, but going to meetings prevents you from getting stuff done.

 

During university, I had a summer job working at Hostess Potato Chip Factory in my hometown. I had never worked in a factory before and was truly excited to learn how things were made. The enormity of the factory was impressive: everything was new to me including working nights, the great money, the assembly lines, the smell of tons and tons of potatoes, and the complexity of the machines. It all wowed me. My job was to pack bags of chips into boxes and put the filled boxes on a palette.

 

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