3 Tips to Ending Endless Conversations

A department chair came to our office complaining about their faculty meetings and asking for some help. The chair felt like they would discuss a topic in one meeting and be done with the issue only to have someone bring it up again in the next meeting as if the conversation was still open and …

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What is this feeling?!

I recently facilitated a team building meeting in person for the first time since March 2020. I have worked with groups by facilitating conflict, team building, engaging in change management, facilitating strategic planning and decision making… and on and on… for the past 10 years. I have built a familiarity and comfort working with groups …

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“Back/Return to work” is really “Into a new workplace”

Language impacts how we think and behave, and the culture we create for ourselves. What we say and how we say it matters. As our social and work activities are moving to in-person more, I am struck by the language many are using around this change. If we want to maintain engagement, creativity, and effectiveness …

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Implementing Transition Plans Thoughtfully

“Sometimes when I run transition management workshops for organizations, I ask people to rearrange themselves in a circle by birthday and then use their new configuration to divide up in small working groups,” describes William Bridges, author of Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change. Bridges says he does this to allow people to experience …

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Why it is Important to Embrace the Mess!

My friend is a home contractor. Clients once called him and said, “We need you to fix our kitchen cabinets.” During the walk through, my friend identified that the cabinets aren’t the problem. The problem is underneath the floor. If they want to eliminate the issues going forward, they need to address that and the …

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Want to Improve Your Work Culture? Adopt a Ritual!

Why do we gather together to remember a loved one when they’ve died?  Why do we say vows at a wedding?  Why do we give toasts at Thanksgiving?  These are all examples of rituals we regularly participate in, often without thinking.  They are part of our culture and are a physical representation of the psychological …

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Be intentional through this transition

William Bridges gives a framework and guidance for teams and organizations navigating changes and transitions in his book, Managing Transitions. I am going to use his framework for looking at the current situation we are in with Covid-19 and the changes in how CU campuses are operating.  Bridges highlights that a change is a specific …

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