They Say Hindsight is 2020. Of Course, It Is!

What Effect Has Clarity Had on You This Year? December is here. Incredible! It gives a whole new meaning to the saying, “Hindsight is 2020”. And all year, we have been investigating ways to gain greater Clarity. Who exactly are “we”? The DRIVEN team, along with folks from my beloved C-IQ® community, and anyone reading…

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Be Here Now!

4 Ways To Find Clarity During Times of Uncertainty DRIVEN’s Word of the Year 2020 has been Clarity, which can be achieved by each of us with a little creativity, some useful tools, and the desire to make a change. Through ten articles to-date, I’ve shared with you the beauty and importance of inviting clarity…

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Adjusting To Our New World, Mindfully

DRIVEN’s Resources For Staying Productive and Healthy in Mind & Body This month DRIVEN is feeling particularly connected, as we’re now part of an online community of international coaches, project managers, facilitators and consultants. We came together to create a 4-day virtual conference to help people convert to work-from-home protocols, manage off-the-charts stress and downright…

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Snap Out of It!: How Being In-Trance Can Distort Our Social Skills

Because I’m an advocate of full transparency, I must make a confession: I felt a bit like Captain Obvious this month, using the DRIVEN blog to detail the importance of our culturally-embedded social skills….you know, those interactions of professionalism that stand as a “given” in any arena. And yet, I felt responsible to proceed because…

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Put‘er There: The Social Skills Behind Our Most Common of Greetings

Since human relationships are directly tied to culture, it makes sense that refined social skills are vital for a healthy work environment. Culture dictates our sense of safety and acceptance, which directly impacts workplace productivity and engagement. In my recent article Clever Conversation: The Positive Effects of Social Skills on Office Culture, I offered an…

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Curiosity: Your New Objective, and My 2018 Word of the Year!

Welcome 2018! With the arrival of yet another brand-new year, I’m reminded of the many ways in which I’m fortunate….in business, and in life. But nothing seems quite as poignant at this moment as setting the tone for the year to come by defining it in advance with just one important word. It’s that time,…

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Checking Your Gauge: Resilience & Your Emotional Energy Tank, Part 1

Vincent Van Gogh famously said, “Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives, and we obey them without realizing it.” The first part of his statement comes across as dramatic, and rightly so. This tortured artist suffered greatly from depression and loneliness. But once we recognize, absorb and accept…

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The Power of Transparency: A Real Case Study In Workplace Trust and Betrayal, Part 2

By now, you may have read the first part of my drama-laden case study featuring Lizette, David and Richard, wherein a workplace assumption lead to a betrayal that amounted to a breach of workplace trust. The valuable lesson is that it all could have been prevented if Lizette had stepped back and asked a simple…

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When We Assume: A Real Case Study In Workplace Trust and Betrayal, Part 1

Asking questions to better understand a person’s point of view is not as simple as it sounds. It requires the discipline of keeping an open mind. It’s our reflex to project thoughts and feelings onto another, resulting in statements like, “It must have been difficult”, or “I’ll bet you’re furious”. These are the sorts of…

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I Once Was Blind: 3 Ways That Unconscious Bias Can Be An Eye-Opener

Ah, the deceptive blind spot. Each of us is plagued by a few, which serve as big barriers to clear communications and a workplace culture of trust. That is, unless we actively arrange for those blind spots to be revealed to us, and follow up by taking ownership. As we’ve learned through exploring the topic,…

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