Pam Solberg-Tapper, president of Coach for Success Inc., is a Duluth-based executive coach, professional speaker and adventure marathoner. For questions or to submit questions or ideas for future columns, please contact her at email@example.com or (218) 729-0772.
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One of the hardest skills for us at work — and in our personal lives, too — is giving feedback to others without those other people becoming defensive, confused or completely soured on the relationship. Much has been written about how to provide feedback, especially in delicate situations such as cases of lackluster performance or unproductive behaviors at work. Here are my top tips for delivering feedback effectively and focusing on the outcome: improvement in performance.
Relationships matter, and having strong relationships with the right people is critical to your professional success. Recently, one of my executive coaching clients was seeking a promotion. We mapped out who she needed to know and what those contacts needed to know about her to help position her as the best candidate for the new role.
Are you keeping yourself from reaching your goals? Each of us can accomplish goals far beyond what we think we’re capable of achieving. The problem often is that our self-limiting beliefs sidetrack us from getting what we desire.
In today’s business world, it is imperative to be able to disagree while still being able to display tact and professionalism. My coaching clients often find themselves in situations where they need to disagree with colleagues, direct reports or their bosses. Yet they need to collaborate with and rely on these same people to get work done.
In his book “The Portable Coach,” author Thomas Leonard defines tolerations as annoyances in our lives that bug us, sap our energy … and ultimately could be eliminated if we simply took action. These annoyances weigh us down, clutter our minds and cause stress. Tolerations usually pile up over time and many of us simply decide to live with them. Rather than addressing these irritations, we step around them, often not even realizing their negative impact on our well-being or how our tolerations actually work to undermine us.
The Christmas City of the North Parade kicked off the holiday season for Northlanders. Now we are in the thick of holiday activities. Even though this is a time of celebration, many people find it stressful. Here are five techniques to help you enjoy the holidays and minimize your stressors. XXXXXXXXXXXXBOLD FIRST SENTENCE OF EACH PARAGRAPHXXXXXXXXXXXX Be intentional. Be deliberate on what you want to happen. What activities will you take part in and what will you forgo? For instance, if you go to a party, decide in advance how late you will stay or how much you will eat or drink.