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As a coach, trainer and consultant, Mary Schaefer's expertise is in helping managers and employees conquer their dread about difficult conversations, to go into them feeling equipped and confident. Personally and professionally, Mary's mission is to create work cultures where organizations and human beings can both thrive. Mary is a former HR manager, holds a Master's degree in HR and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR). She is co-author of the book, "The Character-Based Leader." You can follow Mary on Twitter (@MarySchaefer) or join her email list at bit.ly/mary-list

You Don’t Have to Go it Alone

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I was speaking to a colleague last week about some problems he had working with his peers, and his boss for that matter. We talked about the dynamics when he and his teammates worked together. He was getting some feedback that put him in the position of “darned if you do and darned if you » Read More

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The Day I Got Schooled on Respect. Again.

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Apparently the number of lessons to learn about respect is limitless.  See example below. Recently I was invited to a workshop I was not interested in.  An acquaintance sent me a personal note inviting me.  She also mentioned a project we had worked on together.  I felt compelled to respond, to relive old times about » Read More

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An Unconventional Way to Safeguard Employee Motivation

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Create an environment that inspires motivation and engagement through empathy. You can make sure your people are using their natural strengths. You can focus on job fit and culture fit.   Is that all there is to ensure motivated employees? When I think of supporting employee motivation, my thoughts go a slightly different direction. What if » Read More

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Are You Getting an A in Social Excellence?

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Social Excellence [n]: A state of perpetual generosity, curiosity, positivity, and openness to limitless possibility. A desire to intentionally connect with others. The ability to engage in deep, meaningful conversation. Acting in a responsible and respectable manner with high expectations of others… the highest level of societal participation and contribution. What is social excellence beyond » Read More

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Job Security: Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

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“…The only real security you have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.” – Henry Ford Take the lead to create your own job security. My first experience in wrestling with my personal thoughts on job security happened in 1992. My employer planned to cut a few hundred people from my » Read More

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Take Charge of Your Career Like a Boss

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I train a lot of managers. One thing we cover is to NOT take for granted what employees understand about their jobs. You’ve probably heard me preach about the importance of one-on-one meetings and how they can be used deliberately for this purpose. Here’s just a snippet of what I suggest to managers that they » Read More

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Are You a Spoilsport or a Spirit Booster?

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When your employees offer ideas, your response can make or break your organization. You don’t have time for everything. There’s a lot at stake right now, and your boss is breathing down your neck. Your employee raises an idea in the staff meeting. You tried that idea once before. Five years ago. It was a dismal » Read More

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3 Tips to Deliver Bad News Like a Leader

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Clients often come to me when they have to deliver what they considered “bad news” to an employee. It might be something like: Her job is changing and she doesn’t have a say. He has this behavior or performance issue that is starting to cause a serious problem. You’re giving her a performance rating she’s » Read More

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Can You Delegate Leadership?

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I’m sitting here on my couch in my pajamas nursing a cold, wondering who is going to write this post for me. No one but me, that’s who. But it got me thinking… when you are not available to lead, who leads for you? We’ve seen it many times: a key player — who is » Read More

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The unlikely link between authority and empowerment

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I’ve been talking to a budding author recently. He’s in his 20s and very likely to land a book deal here soon. He told me he started repeating in the shower every morning, “I’m an expert. I’m an expert. I’m an expert.” It’s as if he’s trying to catch up mentally with his accomplishment. Read more here….

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