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Mary is a speaker, coach, trainer and consultant specializing in helping managers learn what it is to be truly empowered so they can model empowerment to their employees. She coaches on skills of manager-employee communication to create performance breakthroughs and functional and positive work cultures. Mary's mission is to transform corporations to be a place where employees are valued for the precious human resources they are.

What Every Leader Should Know About Organization Culture

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Your behaviors are contagious. Choose carefully. Perhaps you are familiar with a popular insurance company TV ad based on the concept of “paying it forward.” A woman prevents a guy from stepping off the street corner into the path of an oncoming car.  The man who observes this from a restaurant window later helps a » Read More

Can you rebuild broken trust?

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“people ask me why it’s so hard to trust people, and i ask them why is it so hard to keep a promise?” ~ QTangel, boardofwisdom.com My buddy, George, told me the other day about the new manager where he works, a nation-wide retail store chain. There are dozens of employees at his location.  The » Read More

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Is Your Brilliance Hiding in Plain Sight?

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You have your own way of getting work done through others.  As a manager, your own inherent values and ideas of how the world works (and should work) drive how you handle issues with the human beings in your charge. Something I notice with my clients and myself is that we often suppress our initial » Read More

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Are you overlooking your secret workforce?

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You know those things that get done, and you really don’t know how they happen, until they don’t? Or those employees you see only once or twice a year in performance reviews? When you look at the data, they are clearly getting their jobs done, but otherwise, they seem invisible. Meet your secret workforce. You » Read More

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A Leadership Lesson from the Mother of Dragons

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“You do not owe me your freedom.  I could not give it to you. Your freedom is not mine to give.  It belongs to you and you alone.  If you want it back you must take it for yourselves.  Each and every one of you.” – Daenerys, Stormborn of House Targaryen You can find leadership » Read More

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Why the Mundane Matters

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Or, “What was your name again?” A few years ago I realized how odd it is, at my doctors’ offices, to share highly intimate, personal medical information with people whose names I don’t even know.  I now notice that some medical staff make a point to introduce themselves to me.  If they don’t, I introduce myself » Read More

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Be Glad They’re Telling You Off

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As a manager, have you ever been in a situation like this? You’re dreading this meeting.  You’re rolling out the new changes to the benefits plan.  Of course employees are going to be paying more for less.  Your goal is to keep the reaction to a low roar. One of your employees ambushes you in » Read More

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Are You Ready to Dare Greatly and be a Wholehearted Leader?

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I’m really taken with Dr. Brene’ Brown lately.  Brene’ is a researcher, social scientist, popular TED speaker, and author, her most recent book being, “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.” There are a lot of places we could go in discussing Dr. Brown, her » Read More

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What we can learn about leadership from superb teachers

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I guess I’m old school. No pun intended. Autumn will always mean “back to school” time to me. I got to thinking about what we could learn about leadership from some of the best teachers out there. Read more here….

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No Leader is an Island

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“No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thy friend’s Or of thine own were: » Read More

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