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Author Archives: Karen Natzel

Turn office drama into active engagement (access required)

There’s a reason the TV sitcom “The Office” and the “Dilbert” cartoon strip resonate with us: these iconic works use satire to expose or criticize decisions, judgments or vices in the workplace. They pinpoint, in exaggerated or outrageous ways, relatable ...

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Don’t feel guilty about setting boundaries (access required)

Most professionals I coach have diverse and demanding roles. They define vision and strategy, generate and track budgets and schedules, run meetings, ensure clients are satisfied, provide subject matter expertise to solve complex issues, guide their teams, and make difficult ...

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‘If only I had more time’ — encouragement for procrastinators (access required)

I once had a mentor who chastised me every time I explained that I didn’t have enough time to make progress on a long-term, stretch goal. He taught me that the top three knee-jerk responses for not accomplishing something was ...

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In Italy, (and in your organization), culture rules (access required)

Walking the streets of Rome, Cinque Terre and Florence inspired new thinking for me about what’s important in life. These cities exude culture – art, history, architecture, language, customs, style, approaches to eating and imbibing, working, public spaces – life! ...

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The right tone can establish an ‘environment of excellence’ (access required)

If I were to take the pulse of your organization today, what would the prevailing attitude, character or mood be? Is it consistent, or does it change with the direction of the headwinds? Is it congruent with the brand presented externally? ...

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Boldly take the road leading from uncertainty to confidence (access required)

Who doesn’t want more confidence? At an organizational level, we may seek certainty for the sake of stability or profitability. Our level of confidence may be impacted by marketplace conditions, trust in leadership, resources, infrastructure, strategy or culture. Confidence is ...

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The complexity of tolerance in the workplace (access required)

Recently I was confronted with the duality of tolerance; and I’ve recognized that both interpretations can be equally powerful in fostering a culture of accountability, camaraderie and respect. Interpretation no. 1: To allow or permit; to refrain from interfering with or ...

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How to declutter your brain

Skiers, mountain bikers and motocross racers probably already understand the adage “Don’t focus on the obstacles, focus on the path.” People will go where they focus their attention. I learned that lesson the hard way. As I was mountain biking, ...

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Want change? Define it and then drive it (access required)

Whether you are driving change or scrambling to react to it, see it as a beacon of hope or specter of doom, for most of us, our world is in a constant state of flux. It doesn’t have to be ...

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Managing reality: Is it truth or perception? (access required)

As a philosophy student in college, I recall my professor putting forth the notion that perhaps a table in front of us didn’t actually exist. I remember thinking, “This guy is nuts.” At the time I didn’t fully appreciate the ...

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