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When A Boss Uses Fear To Manage People

August 24, 2015

 

Interview with Joan Kingsley, author of the book The Fear-free Organization: Vital Insights from Neuroscience to Transform Your Business Culture

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Traditionally many employers use fear to get employees to do their work - fear of getting in trouble, getting yelled at, getting fired.

 

Joan Kingsley:
If you tap into another person’s fear system you’ve tapped into their survival system. So you get somebody working with you or for you who is surviving rather than thriving.
 


Joan Kingsley

Being Happy At Work

August 4, 2015

 

Interview with Jessica Pryce-Jones author of Happiness at Work: Maximizing Your Psychological Capital for Success

 

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Mike Carruthers:
More and more employers are spending time and effort on making sure their employees are happy.

 

Jessica Pryce-Jones:
The reason that organizations are interested in happiness at work is because people who are happiest at work are doing a day and a quarter extra per week in terms of effort. So you are getting sixty days a year out of your most happy employees.
 


Jessica Pryce-Jones

Being Happy On The Job

 April 12, 2010
Interview with Jessica Pryce-Jones author of Happiness at Work: Maximizing Your Psychological Capital for Success

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Just how happy and content you are at work is determined by several factors.

 

Jessica Pryce-Jones:
It looks to be about 50% of your happiness comes with who you are. 10-15% comes with the context that you find yourself in – but 35-40% comes from how you manage that context.
 


Jessica Pryce-Jones

Managing Your Boss

June 3, 2015

 

Interview with Katherine Crowley, co-author of the book Working for You Isn't Working for Me: The Ultimate Guide to Managing Your Boss

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Just about everyone can find something wrong with their boss.

 

Katherine Crowley:
It’s not that bosses overall as personalities - as human beings are horrible people. It’s that many bosses have specific traits that drive people crazy.

Katherine Crowley

 

Dealing With Anger

May 8, 2015

 

Interview with John Lee, author of The Anger Solution: The Proven Method for Achieving Calm and Developing Healthy, Long-Lasting Relationships

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Funny thing about anger - people get angry all the time and yet…

 

John Lee:
The words you will very seldom ever hear a lover, a spouse, a boss or an employee ever say to anybody is, “I’m angry”. 


John Lee

 

Taking Confrontation Out Of Conflict

February 18, 2015

 

Interview with Tim Ursiny, author of the book The Coward's Guide to Conflict: Empowering Solutions for Those Who Would Rather Run Than Fight

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Conflict. It makes a lot of us uneasy, so we avoid it at all costs. Why?

 

Tim Ursiny PhD:
I think that most of us don't have a good role model for healthy conflict. I mean how many people do you know, that you can think of "Wow! They really handle conflict well?"
 


Tim Ursiny

How To Listen Better Than You Have Before

November 11, 2014

 

Interview with Dr. Marcia Reynolds, author of the book The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations Into Breakthroughs (BK Business)

 

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Mike Carruthers:
In any important conversation you have it’s important to remember that…

 

Dr. Marcia Reynolds:
Listening is the most important piece of a conversation. So many people like rehearse what it is I’m going to say and it never turns out the way you think it is anyway.
 


Dr. Marcia Reynolds

How To Give & Take Criticism - Part 2

November 4, 2014

 

Interview with Deb Bright, author of the book The Truth Doesn't Have to Hurt

 

To hear the complete interview with Deb Bright click here

 

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Mike Carruthers:
For criticism to be effective there has to be trust between giver and receiver.

 

Deb Bright:
Because when you trust someone then you know the intent is positive. You know that they’re there to help you not hurt you.
 


Deb Bright

 

How To Give & Take Criticism

November 3, 2014

 

Interview with Deb Bright, author of the book The Truth Doesn't Have to Hurt

 

To hear the complete interview with Deb Bright click here

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Criticism in many workplaces the word has become taboo.

 

Deb Bright:
We’ve colored or painted it over with other words like appreciative feedback, caring confrontation, a coaching moment. You know what we’ve done is we’ve really created a tremendous amount of confusion in the workplace.
 


Deb Bright

 

How To Be A Good Employee

October 17, 2014

 

Interview with Kathy Hayward, co-author of the book Wise Words for Employees: Becoming Indispensable

 

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Mike Carruthers:
It’s important to remember that there’s a big difference between being good at your job and being a good employee.

 

Kathy Hayward:
I so often see that people think that "I do a really great job and I produce a hundred widgets per day so they’ll never let me go," and they’re really shocked when they are let go because they were a problem employee.
 

 

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