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Want to Be Happy At Work? Stop Shoulding on People.

July 20th 2015

Psychotherapist and psychologist Albert Ellis developed Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in the 1950s. Always blunt, Dr. Ellis was known to declare that “should-hood leads to shit-hood.”

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DIY Leadership

July 15th 2015

Here's a video of AccountingWeb's live CPE that took place last November. I got to hang out with power players like Michelle Golden, Geni Whitehouse, Doug Sleeter and a slew of others. We talked about all kinds of things pertinent to CPAs and other professional knowledge workers. My topic was how to lead yourself even when the leadership in your firm isn't what you would hope for. Here's the link:

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Seven Lessons the Mountain Taught Me

July 7th 2015

Hiking over the past year at an 8,000-foot elevation has taught me a few things that apply to working life. I hope you find them useful.

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All About NOW: Managing Millennials (and Everyone Else) in the Moment

July 6th 2015

Brittany, a twenty-something employee, received her annual evaluation. She got a pretty good review from her boss, along with a nice raise (at least in the boss’ opinion). 

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Bliss Suckers

June 15th 2015

A friend of mine, describing a former employer, said something like this: “That woman just sucks the bliss out of every happy moment. Doesn’t matter what it is. She has a way of seeing the negative in everything – and never fails to express it.”

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Game-Changing Words

June 8th 2015

Recently, one of my friends was knee-deep in a very difficult client relationship. She had worked with this client for many years, during which time he had always been relatively unapproachable and untrusting. Sometimes he was rude and disrespectful. Always quick to find fault, he never showed his appreciation for her counsel, support, or expertise. Sound familiar?

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Disarming the Disgruntled

May 12th 2015

Sometimes, the adage is true: it is lonely at the top.  It’s also loud, particularly when team members dislike your leadership decisions. You know what I’m talking about: bringing in a new partner or senior manager; firing a team member; changing the pay or leave structure; down-sizing those glorious cubicles. 

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The Uncoachables

March 31st 2015

This title bears my harsh but truthful discovery. Like everything else, I learned it the hard way, by trying to coach people who should never have been sent to me. The good news is, it’s only happened a handful of times, and always when a boss has required that someone get coaching.

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