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Communication…Think You Have This Covered?

Posted on August 27th, by Mary Elizabeth Murphy in Blog. No Comments

Want to improve your company’s bottom line?
What to improve company morale?
Want to give employees the same sense of urgency you have?
Want to get your employees, from the shop to the office, pulling from the same end of the rope?

Most of us know that when we are experiencing problems with our staff, there’s some underlying communication issue that got messed up.

In other words,

Something that should have been said, wasn’t.

Someone said something that wasn’t true.

Someone made something up because they didn’t know the truth.

Something didn’t get communicated fast enough, to the right person.

Here’s a suggested solution to this Communication Quagmire that we, as leaders, find ourselves in more times than we’d care to admit:

Implement a 10 Step Company Communication Plan.

#1:  Determine what information needs to be communicated.

For your company’s current stage of growth, what are your top 5 challenges?
Who are your top … Read More »

Turning Curveballs Into Leadership Home Runs

Posted on May 11th, by Mary Elizabeth Murphy in 2012, Ask Your Team and Leadership Coach, Blog. No Comments

Sometimes situations and team members at work throw us curveballs. What causes this and how to you handle it? No one expects a curveball. But when they hit, they can cause you to feel blindsided, stunned and moreover, disappointed.

While you may feel a particular situation or employee let you down or impacted your leadership, the reality is that disappointment arises from a lack of possibility to meet expectations. It breeds where there is no opportunity for success.

Surviving a curveball comes down to the difference between a self-directed and an other-directed person. If you allow a situation at work to let you down, if you believe that a project itself is controlling whether you’re happy or miserable, then you will spend a good deal of your time at work being miserable. If, however, you are able to turn misfortune into opportunity, … Read More »

Three Tips for Employee Engagement

Posted on October 20th, by Mary Elizabeth Murphy in Blog. 2 comments

“People support what they help to create.”  I read this recently in a great book written by Lee J. Colan, Ph.D. titled Leadership Matters. This was the case this week as two of my clients openly embraced the concept of employee engagement. During different exercises, the staff at both organizations took the initiative to create service standards with just a little initial direction.

It’s amazing the buy-in you can obtain when you’re business is sincerely open to involvement at every level.

Here are three tips to enhance the employee engagement within your business:


Sometimes all you need to do is ask but, as eluded to above, your request needs to be sincere. Go beyond just asking for opinions. Encourage involvement. Ask employees to create standards, their own goals, marketing ideas for the business, etc. You always have veto power and the ability to make alterations. … Read More »

Can Social Media Create Balance through RE-connection?

Posted on July 8th, by Mary Elizabeth Murphy in 2011, Weekend Attitude Adjustment. 2 comments

This is one of the ways I see benefit in social media. It creates the opportunity for our paths to run together again – even if only in cyberspace. We return and are reconnected. Even if only for a little while.

How do you create a successful work culture?

Posted on June 2nd, by Mary Elizabeth Murphy in 2011, Ask Your Team and Leadership Coach. 1 Comment

The first step in creating a culture of success with a new team or partnership is to establish an atmosphere conducive to partnership. This is a multi-step process that I teach over the course of several modules with new business alliances. This month, I’ll share some tips on how to instill an atmosphere of cooperation in a partnership right at its outset.

Before a partnership can truly be finalized, it is important for the partners involved to ask themselves a series of questions. First, ask yourselves how you want to be together. That is, what roles does each member feel that they would be best in? What roles do your partners think you should play? When you interact with each other, how would you like those interactions to go? Most people, of course, want smooth and respectful partnership overall, but fail … Read More »