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The Top Three Conflict Complaints Every Leader Wants Resolved

2019-08-30T11:14:02-05:00June 30th, 2019|

One of my secret indulgences is that I really like the Shrek movies and their notable characters.  The crusty, prickly, but kind-hearted Ogre has to “endure” the illogical Donkey, the swarthy Puss-n-Boots, and the sometimes-misunderstood Fiona.  Throughout their merry adventures, various conflicts arise as these colorful personalities interact.  They care about each other, but at

Wishing for Mock Trials in an Adult World

2019-08-30T11:13:00-05:00May 2nd, 2019|

This week I had fun observing a mock trial in which my daughter participated.  It was an amazing experience for the students as they had to create their own briefs, arguments, questions, and even personas as they played both witnesses and attorneys.  They had an experienced judge who presided over the case and gave them

The Critical Factor that is Sinking Your Team

2019-08-30T10:58:52-05:00March 26th, 2019|

What is the most significant factor that is going to determine whether your team is successful or not?  (And it is not the primary factor by only a small margin!) Do I have your attention?  The research captured mine!  Most days, I’m not easily moved by headlines.  I am just inundated with too much information

Relationship Status: It’s Complicated!

2019-08-30T10:58:03-05:00March 21st, 2019|

Written by Teri Effle I sometimes get to feeling pretty savvy with social media- and then I run across something like “it’s complicated” as a Facebook status option.  I am reminded that I am definitely in my forties and have decidedly analogue roots. But there is a lot of truth to the idea that our

Introverts Rise Up and ….. Network?

2019-08-30T10:57:29-05:00February 15th, 2019|

Full disclosure - I absolutely love going to meetings where I don't know anyone.  Nothing is more fun than getting to know a large number people and sharing my story--my business.  I lay awake at night just anticipating the next time I will get a chance to network with acquaintances and strangers. Or not... In

Does Miscommunication Really Matter?

2019-08-30T10:53:21-05:00January 13th, 2019|

What is the one word we hear more than any other when it comes to staff feedback?  Communication.  Repeatedly, in almost every organization with which PrairieFire works, the issue of communication comes up.  The struggle for organizations is that communication is somewhat of a catch-all category.  Because it’s a catch-all, leaders are often unclear about

Three Signs We are Seeing People as Objects

2019-07-26T15:56:05-05:00December 7th, 2015|

I am not naturally an outgoing person. For those who know me well that is kind of a “duh” statement. I enjoy being around people but I am not typically the one who is going to bring the “fun” to a party. However, if I enter a conversation about something for which I am passionate,

Five Reasons We Treat People Like Objects

2019-07-26T16:06:29-05:00December 7th, 2015|

“Each of us can struggle with turning relationships into objects--a tendency which fosters an unsafe world.” -- Dan Moeller “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett “By far, the most important fact in determining a team's

Three Things Boomers Fear about Millennials

2019-07-26T16:08:45-05:00December 6th, 2015|

Years ago, when I was working in a mentoring program, I stumbled upon an uncomfortable realization.  At the time, my career was just beginning, and yet, I was considered an “old guard” in the organization.  I had already poured myself into this particular company and then suddenly I was standing on the precipice of change.