Author Archives: mmariposa2014

Taming Workplace Drama

I recently presented a 45-minute workshop on controlling drama to a packed room. We had to turn people away. I’d like to believe it’s because I’m awesome* as a presenter, but the truth is that we have too much drama in … Continue reading

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First Thing to do About that Sexist at Work

Short answer: make sure they are really a sexist. First, let me be clear: if someone makes a remark that is blatantly racist, sexist or any other kind of -ist, that is what it is. There’s no excuse for it. … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Make Work-from-home Work

This is not an article about how to arrange your home office or set up a VOIP to make client calls. This is about preventing your employer from revoking your ability to work from home. Continue reading

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Creating Winning Teams

Last weekend, I accompanied my son and his marching band to Indianapolis for the Bands of America Grand Nationals. I’m no stranger to marching band (having been involved in high school), but at BOA, I saw some amazing stuff. I saw … Continue reading

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Does your recruiting game have what it takes?

The job market has become a jungle, especially when it comes to attracting Millennials, which now make up the largest segment of the labor pool.

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12 Questions to Gauge Engagement

Keeping your best employees (and attracting the best new ones) requires a strong employee engagement program.

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Is “Love What You Do” Dead?

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” (Marc Anthony) I believe that, if you are going to do something for 40+ hours a week, you should love what you do. There has been … Continue reading

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A Better New Year

Each January, with the clean slate of a new year ahead of us, we resolve to make a change or two in our lives. You know what I’m talking about — the infamous New Year’s resolution. While I am sure there are … Continue reading

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Efficiency doesn’t make you a leader

I was recently reminded (rather uncomfortably) about the difference between working for a manager and working for a leader.  When you step into a position where you will be responsible for people and the work that they accomplish, you need … Continue reading

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Are poor communications sinking your team?

We all know that strong communications is important to effective team work. If you read through the description for any leadership position, I can almost guarantee it will include “strong written and oral communication skills.” And yet, poor communication is one … Continue reading

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