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Observations From 2012

January 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm
by Cathy Carmody

When you enter a new year, do you look back through the prior year’s calendar, like I do, to remind yourself of what you experienced and accomplished, what went well and what didn’t? As you review the past year, it’s useful to tag, categorize, and find a place for the memories of 2012 as if [...]

Plan Now to Harvest Your Leadership Accomplishments of 2012

September 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm
by Cathy Carmody

When I drove to St. Louis from Chicago recently, tractors were harvesting crops on both sides of the highway. I had to close the car vent a few times to keep the harvest dust from entering the car. For more than thirty years I’ve been driving this route to my home town at different times [...]

Acknowledge What You Leave Behind When You Change

March 13, 2012 at 11:33 am
by Cathy Carmody

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” –Anatole France Spring is a hopeful time of year. We watch plants and trees grow and develop; we are relieved when the critters [...]

Declairations in Brief: When Performance Appraisal Forms Get in the Way

January 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm
by Cathy Carmody

If you’re in performance appraisal discussion mode this time of year, check to see if your forms are helping you or hindering you from eliciting the conversations you need to have with your staff. If you don’t think they create the kind of discussion you need, create your own agenda and complete the form later. [...]

What Does Mousing Have to Do With Implementing Change?

September 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm
by Cathy Carmody

Have you ever tried using your “other” hand for mousing?  As a right-handed person, I found it uncomfortable back in the ’90s, when computers became pervasive, to be sitting in an office designed for hand writing not computing.  When those under-the-desk, sliding keyboard holders appeared, I still found my body curving uncomfortably to use the [...]

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