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April 12, 2018

Self-Awareness in the Workplace: Effective Empathy

  In February we discussed workplace bullying, but like Charles M. Glow said, “One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient.” With so many issues facing the workforce today, it is important to recognize and understand the diversity of your workforce and empathize with the issues that they are faced with daily. Empathy is the ability to put yourself in the shoes of others, psychologically, to understand their thoughts, feelings, needs and wants. More importantly, it’s using that information to build relationships, teamwork, and effective leadership

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June 27, 2017

Electronic Messages—Reading Between the Lines

“Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.”  -Carol Burnett (Editor's Note: This post was previously published on the blog May 11, 2015, but the author felt it was even more important today.) We live in an age where a large percentage of our communications are done via email and texts. It is convenient, and for some, a great time saver. The problem is, how are your messages interpreted? Without body language to provide insight into the delivery, a misinterpreted written communication might leave the recipient feeling slighted, criticized or belittled. An unanswe

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Electronic Messages—Reading Between the Lines
March 14, 2017

Do Personality Tests “Profile?”

As more and more companies are using personality tests as recruitment and management tools, the question arises, “Do these tests profile?” According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of profile includes, “…the extent to which an individual exhibits traits or abilities as determined by tests or ratings.” So, in the very strict sense of the word, the answer is yes. However, the way in which the question is asked often indicates that personality testing is negative and intrusive — a violation of our most personal self, and perhaps that is the issue that should

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Do Personality Tests Profile?
August 5, 2015

A RED Planning a YELLOW Bridal Shower

My sweet niece is getting married. She lives in a different state than most of her family, and consequently feels the wedding plans are a bit one-sided. She is desperate to be surrounded by her own family. I readily agreed to throw a bridal shower for this fun-loving, VERY Yellow niece in her hometown. This is how it all started: Talk about clueless. I win the prize for being clueless. And I have no excuse. I work for Color Code. Lets break down this innocent little message: I was hoping to have a little shower at your house. Read More