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How to Motivate Unmotivated Employees

How to Motivate Unmotivated Employees

The pandemic took the existing problem of low employee engagement and made it even worse. Remote work has enabled trends such as quiet quitting, in which an employee decides to do only the bare minimum, ghosting, in which employees actually quit...

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The Simplest Way to Keep Your Best Talent

The Simplest Way to Keep Your Best Talent

“I wish she would get a flat tire on the way to work,” he said about his former boss. “I don’t generally wish people harm, but in this case I do.” He was that angry at her for how she had treated him. He was one of the rare tech leaders I’ve worked...

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Why hire a leadership coach with psychological training?

Why hire a leadership coach with psychological training?

There are so many coaches out there. How do you know which one is right for you? It depends on what you are looking for, but if you are looking for long-lasting improvements to your work performance, you may want to try a coach with psychological...

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Communicating with Technical Leaders

Communicating with Technical Leaders

Technical leaders often tell me that they are told they need to learn how to communicate with non-technical people outside of their teams, but the reverse is not true. Non-technical people are rarely told they need to learn how to communicate with...

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Lessons from a World Renowned Flutist

Lessons from a World Renowned Flutist

Lessons from the workplace come in many forms. Most often we learn from experience, but when we’re lucky and we’re really paying attention, we can learn from the wisdom and role modeling of others. One of the most important lessons from the...

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New Year New Priorities

New Year New Priorities

I’d like to take a moment to expand your thinking on what a gift is. It started with a conversation with someone who told me she had cancer. It was a heart wrenching story, yet this was one of the most positive conversations I have had in a long...

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Be the Manager You Want to Work for

Be the Manager You Want to Work for

“If you understand what motivates people, you can help them have a sense of pride in their work.” Katheryn Baker, a VP of a tech company, told me that recently in a podcast interview.  She also said that, as a manager, it’s important to...

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Hiring Challenges in Technical Industries

Hiring Challenges in Technical Industries

It is hard to hire a good technical employee, such as a software developer, engineer, or scientist, because they need to have both technical skills and the ability to work well with others.  Technical leaders tend to be good at assessing...

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Does hybrid work actually work?

Does hybrid work actually work?

Whether hybrid teams can succeed is the question of the moment but it is not a new one.  Flexible Work Solutions got its name in back 2005 because we were helping companies establish remote, hybrid, and other flexible work arrangements. ...

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