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The dog ate my homework

The dog ate my homework


https://www.smallfish.us/the-dog-ate-my-homework/

We all have excuses. My alarm didn’t go off. Someone forgot to tell me. I’ve been busy. Yeah, there’s always a reason for messing up someone else’s life. It couldn’t possibly be … me! This is deadly to your reputation as a leader. Leaders are all about getting stuff done –...

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Give first

Give first


https://www.smallfish.us/give-first/

I was discussing today the importance of having friendly relationships with your neighbors. You know, those folks who live next to you who can make your life miserable. I’ve discovered a crucial philosophy to create friends rather than enemies: Lead with generosity, friendliness, and flexibility. But what does this have to...

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Re-freshing

Re-freshing


https://www.smallfish.us/re-freshing/

This last year has worn us out. Sure, we can blame Zoom Fatigue – which is a real thing – but the honest truth is that we’ve an intense period of uncertainty, fear, instability, and even boredom. But this is going to continue, and we wonder if we’ll ever experience “normal”...

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Office flexibility


https://www.smallfish.us/office-flexibility/

As you call people back to the office, you may have a hard time figuring out how strongly to demand that everyone follows the same rules. There are so many variables! Nature of job tasks, desire for people to connect face-to-face, costs, sanitizing requirements, and so on. What it comes down...

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One size does not fit all


https://www.smallfish.us/one-size-does-not-fit-all/

Rebuilding your work environment post-pandemic is going to be a big challenge! Sure, you have to work around government regulations and community rules. You’ll put cleaning regimens in place and spacing requirements. But that’s the easy part. People are always much harder. The problem is that each person has their own...

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Communicate!


https://www.smallfish.us/communicate/

One of the key frustrations that employees have identified with returning to the office is that they haven’t heard what the plans are. I get that. As a leader, you want to have a plan that’s solid, one that’s been checked out and can be committed to your folks. Otherwise you...

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Returning to the office!


https://www.smallfish.us/returning-to-the-office/

I had a chance recently to connect with the Fort Collins Chamber’s Talent Summit, which focused on the 2021 emphasis of workers returning to the office. There were a number of golden nuggets that I’ll explore in the coming weeks. McKinsey has done a big study on Return To Work, and...

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