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Quiz: Is it Sexual Harassment?

Test your knowledge about which behaviors warrant investigation by HR—and possibly the EEOC. Sexual harassment is making the news a lot these days, but most of the complaints that HR hears about day-to-day aren’t quite as clear-cut—or egregious—as the reports against former Fox CEO Roger Ailes, Kevin Spacey and Charlie Rose. The classic example of…
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Seven Questions to Ask to Restore Work-Life Balance

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Maintaining consistent employee work-life balance can be a daily challenge for many.  Here are seven questions to ask if your work-life balance is getting out of order: Who really needs this and when? When considering which tasks to tackle, objectively evaluate the audience and the timing. Take on the high priority tasks that will have…
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Embracing Life Enhances Work: The Benefits of Work-Life Balance

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Let’s look at a real-life example addressing the importance of work-life balance. Recently, a high-performing employee — Nina — came to my office for a coaching session. Nina had recently been given a high-visibility project to manage. She was doing well, so our sessions were usually future-focused and optimistic. That day, though, Nina was in…
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Become a Stronger Active Listener

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Active listening is among the most sought-after skills in today’s business marketplace. Active listeners forge stronger relationships, inspire more trust and formulate better solutions than their less-engaged counterparts. Unfortunately, active listening is a skill that many claim, but few possess. The problem is that we spend so much time listening that we assume we must…
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Advancing Leadership for Women

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2018 has seen a lot of women’s movements with women rising up in media, politics and business. While there have been positive changes there are still few women in today’s top leadership roles. According to the Pew Report [1] women occupy less than 22% in the US Senate, US House or US Cabinet-level positions. As…
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Building New Leaders

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In Pryor seminars, we often meet professionals who are eager to lead, but are not yet supervisors or managers.  Many say, “I’m not a leader yet;” or ask, “How do I lead when I have no control?” Our seminars and online learning focus on developing leadership competencies in emerging leaders, who do not yet have…
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Resolve Conflict with Improved Communication and Increased Emotional Intelligence

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Have you ever had a disagreement at work? At one time or another, you may have had workplace conflict. Honestly, who hasn’t? Everyone has specific preferences, communication styles and differing levels of emotional intelligence. Few institutions exist where everyone gets along. Leaders need to acknowledge that organizational conflict occurs and be ready to resolve it…
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Conflict Management Best Practices

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Conflict often involves both emotional and intellectual content – personal feelings, interpersonal relationships, problems to solve and decisions to be made.  Here are some best practices for navigating and negotiating conflicts:   Know your values. We generally engage in conflict about the things we care about. Understanding your own core values will help you anticipate…
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The Five Conflict Management Styles

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According to a 2015 study done by The Health and Occupational Research network approximately twenty-five percent of all work-related stressors are related to interpersonal relationships. The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) denotes sixteen main personality types including adventurers, inspectors and masterminds, among others. Each diverse personality type employs one of five conflict management styles. Lack…
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Don’t Let Your Conflict Management Skills Become Extinct

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Have you ever walked into the office and felt like you were walking into a dinosaur den? Roaring, grumbling, screeching personalities surrounding you and you’re just trying to stay cool and calm as the difficult people test your patience. We’ve all been there and had to deal with one of the oldest struggles: getting along…
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