10 Tips to Help You Stop Artificial Harmony from Causing Havoc on Your Team

Artificial Harmony


It is the silent killer of effective team work in families and work. It robs us of time, energy and real connection with other human beings.

Artificial harmony is described as “making nice”. That is when we act like we are getting along yet there are resentments, frustration, and grudges being held against teammates and family members.

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8 Tips for Handling Healthy Conflict

Conflict: A big word with big connotations. Studies show managers waste 6 to 8 weeks per year dealing with conflict. Many people hear the word conflict and picture a battle of some sort. I have learned through living that you can be soft and still be heard, you can be kind to get your point across and you do not have to be a bully to resolve a problem to your liking.

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Five Ideas To Build Transparency and Trust

Most people love surprises – except when it is in a workplace that involves unknowns, instability and lack of communication. Transparency that fosters trust is the foundation of positive personal relationships. So how do we improve trust and transparency? I have collected a few of my favorite recent blog posts that highlight the benefits of trust and transparency in the workplace.

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In Life and In Baseball: Embrace the Triangle

Look around you. Triangles are everywhere. You will find them in bridges, buildings, in the frame of a bicycle and on the playground. Triangles bring strength to structures. Why? Triangles form incredibly strong structures because all three sides bear the load. It is the teamwork that makes them strong.

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The Blame Game: 10 Questions for Positive Action

Blame erodes trust. It can happen in a moment or slowly over time. When we fail to own our part of the problem, project, and point fingers at others, very few people feel safe. Blame can happen on a personal level, within the leadership team or throughout the entire organization. Our ego can keep us from seeing the truth because there is so much justification that happens within our own belief system. That’s part of human condition.

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Key to a Great Workplace: Take a Leap of Trust

I have a riddle for you:

Q: You have me but cannot hold me; gain me and quickly lose me.
If treated with care I can be great, and if betrayed I will break.

So what am I?
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4 Steps to Create Better Work-Life Balance

There is a lot of talk right now about finding a balance in life. It takes courage to explore how happy you are in both your personal and work life. With a little bit of soul searching you can come up with some new insights about creating that elusive work-life balance. Read more

Clarity Is King. 6 Ways to Create Clarity in Your Organization.

Clarity, clarity, clarity. Clarity is king. One of the biggest challenges that I find inside organizations is confusion. People are confused about the mission, vision, values, roles and responsibilities. Confusion leads to a series of bad behavior, hidden agendas and a lack of accountability. When there’s a lack of clarity coming from the top, a variety of behaviors that are less than positive start to show up such as silo mentality, information hoarding, overload, ever shifting priorities, conflict, job insecurity, blame and so on. Read more

Great Leaders Walk the Talk

In my last blog, “Top 9 To-Do’s for Successful Culture Change,” I discussed how culture change initiatives within an organization frequently fail to meet expected outcomes. I also outlined nine ways that organizations can encourage success during a cultural change process.

The first and perhaps most important “To-Do” on the list: make sure the leaders of influence in the organization are behind it at the start. Having a leader or group of leaders working together to identify, model and encourage the desired values of the organization are necessary components for a thriving culture. Additionally, once those values within the culture are identified, it is critical that future hires fit into the vision of the culture. The key to high performing culture is to integrate the values and behaviors into every fiber of the organization. The values are your guiding post for hiring, performance management, coaching, customer experience and branding. Who you are on the inside of your organization has to be consistent with who you are to your customers. Read more

Top 9 To-Do’s For Successful Culture Change

No matter how you look at the findings, there are ample instances where the culture change initiatives fall short of their stated objectives rather than reaching their expected outcomes.

We have briefly outlined some of the most important ways to avoid being among the ranks of those organizations whose culture initiatives fail. Read more

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