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When Saving Time Wastes Time

People are busy and want to save time.  It’s a fact of life.  But if you’re working to shift a work system toward health, saving time up front can ultimately waste time if you implement poorly formed interventions. It’s tempting to act before really understanding the foundations of healthy work systems.  People hear about Herzberg’s or […]

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Health and Trust: Trusting the change process  

My wise friend and colleague, Karen Konrath, uses a model from William Bridges in her executive coaching practice to talk about change. She explains that change happens quickly at work, many times without our desire or consent. Your project falls through. Management downsizes your group. You are assigned a new boss. But, even though our external circumstances […]

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Health and Trust: The stress of second guessing

What does it feel like to work in a place where you don’t trust your boss and/or your co-workers? Or to live in a marriage where you don’t trust your partner? We all know the answer intuitively – second guessing the people around us is stressful. Ugh. Every day we arrive on the scene looking for the […]

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The Role of Trust

Trust. We don’t tend to think about it until we realize it’s missing. Maybe your boss decides you’re going to work on a new team and you feel hesitant, wary. Turns out you might not trust your new teammates – not because they aren’t nice people, but perhaps because you don’t trust their technical competence. […]

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Eclipsing Expertise: How Do We Honor the Knowledge of the Professions?

My Facebook news feed showed me that a good many of us were outside watching the lunar eclipse the other night. I’m astounded by the expertise, skill (and technology!) of some of my colleagues.The photos they posted of the rare blood moon sure beat my view from the porch – which was actually still pretty […]