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Why Employees Don’t Speak Their Minds: Unveiling Workplace Communication Challenges

By Cheryl Lauer / August 3, 2021 / Comments Off on Why Employees Don’t Speak Their Minds: Unveiling Workplace Communication Challenges

My friend Lisa called me the other day with a problem. A large corporation hired her as a consultant to shepherd a project. She anticipated a straightforward engagement until…

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Unveiling Workplace Communication Challenges

By Cheryl Lauer / July 13, 2021 / Comments Off on Unveiling Workplace Communication Challenges

It started as a simple miscommunication…

…and then it became a train wreck with hurt feelings and big problems to solve.

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How to Overcome the Midyear Doldrums: Strategies for Renewed Energy

By Cheryl Lauer / May 20, 2021 / Comments Off on How to Overcome the Midyear Doldrums: Strategies for Renewed Energy

I have a client who had a great first quarter.

Now spring has sprung. The weather is better. We seem to be turning the corner on the pandemic…

…and my client has lost momentum.

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How to Complete Critical Tasks You Dislike: Strategies for Productivity

By Cheryl Lauer / April 23, 2021 / Comments Off on How to Complete Critical Tasks You Dislike: Strategies for Productivity

I know a business owner who hates everything associated with billing, collections, and finance.

When it’s time to cut an invoice, he stalls. When payments are past due, he stalls. When he has to reconcile financial statements, he stalls.

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How an Accountability Partner Can Transform Leaders and Their Companies

By Cheryl Lauer / March 16, 2021 / Comments Off on How an Accountability Partner Can Transform Leaders and Their Companies

I’ve always tried to stay physically fit — eat well, work out, stay healthy.

But it wasn’t until I worked with a personal trainer that I discovered how far I could go. My trainer pushed me to strive — more reps, more commitment, more discipline.

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How to Get More Done and Achieve Your Goals: Time Protection Strategies

By Cheryl Lauer / February 10, 2021 / Comments Off on How to Get More Done and Achieve Your Goals: Time Protection Strategies

Bill was struggling to meet his sales goals. He wasn’t making enough calls. He wasn’t following up. He wasn’t closing sales. He was distracted and discouraged…

…Until I helped him to set aside “Protected Time” on his calendar.

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Unplanned Drop-Ins Disrupt Information Flow

By Cheryl Lauer / January 6, 2021 / Comments Off on Unplanned Drop-Ins Disrupt Information Flow

I asked a business owner recently how he gathers information from his employees.

His reply: “I stop by each person’s office.”

You’ve seen it. The check-in. The boss swings by, unannounced, pops their head in the office and says:

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The Tucker Files: What a Boisterous Beagle Can Teach Humans About Management

By Cheryl Lauer / November 19, 2020 / Comments Off on The Tucker Files: What a Boisterous Beagle Can Teach Humans About Management

Hi, My name is a Tucker, and, in case you didn’t notice, I’m a dog.

Here’s a story of how my boss, Cheryl, motivated me to run, and leap and stretch to catch plastic discs she tossed in the air.

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Connection Starters Lead to Better Meetings and Stronger Companies

By Cheryl Lauer / August 26, 2020 / Comments Off on Connection Starters Lead to Better Meetings and Stronger Companies

This is a story about human connections and how they can strengthen your business…

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How to Inspire Employees to Give Meaningful Feedback and Collaborate

By Cheryl Lauer / July 17, 2020 / Comments Off on How to Inspire Employees to Give Meaningful Feedback and Collaborate

I was talking with a company owner last week who craves useful feedback from his employees, but never receives it.

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