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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 [...]



Declairations in Brief: Good vs. Great

September 12, 2011 at 8:36 am
by Cathy Carmody

Recall your recent interactions with a leader whom you respect. What feeling did you come away with? Here’s a way to tell if that person was a good or great leader. After you’ve encountered a good leader, you’re impressed with that leader. After you’ve engaged with a great leader, you’re impressed with yourself. In your [...]



Winning Leaders Choose Words With Care

August 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm
by Cathy Carmody

How many times have you said something and soon, if not immediately, afterwards, wished you had chosen different words? This can be viewed as a positive: you were aware of the reaction you created by what you said, and perhaps realized that wasn’t what you intended.  On the less positive side, you may have sparked [...]



The Water We Swim in: The Right to be Yourself

May 16, 2011 at 9:50 am
by Cathy Carmody

As a student of history and leadership, watching recent news and commentary about the profound events unfolding in the Arab world sends thoughts of history studies from long ago flooding through me like the Nile (or the Mississippi, the river where I grew up, which is flooding).  Principles of motivation, leadership, organization, and communication swirl [...]



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