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Past articles by Paul:

Neutralizing negativity in the workplace

Negativity is one of the most common, and deeply ingrained, obstacles to a healthy work environment. Learn how to neutralize it, here. → Read More

Avoiding mistakes: How others don't want to be shown appreciation

The goal is to communicate positively with one’s colleagues, so making them uncomfortable or even offending them is not what anyone really intends. → Read More

How appreciation varies across work settings

We are continually working to improve our products. We want to provide the best quality and most practical help possible to improve workplace relationships. → Read More

Setting goals for the new year? Consider finishing some of last year's instead

Our culture idolizes the “new” and really doesn’t think much of the boring, “steady as she goes,” plodding that characterizes much of life. → Read More

Sync or swim: A fable about workplace communication and coming together in a crisis

We shared Sync or Swim with a wide variety of managers, trainers and other leaders and these were just a few of the positive responses we received. → Read More

How effective leaders grab the hearts of their team members

Think about life experiences that have impacted you, and start to tell stories to teach important lessons to those you are leading. → Read More

What can I do if I work in a toxic workplace?

I can affirm that if you take these courses and apply the practical steps suggested, your daily work experience will be significantly more positive → Read More

These are the key characteristics of successful teams

Many examples of “Super Teams” that failed also exist – which leads to the question: What are the necessary ingredients for success? → Read More

Picking up cues that your colleagues need some encouragement

Doing so will help the morale within the workplace, and will provide the foundation for your co-workers to feel like they are a valued part of the team. → Read More

Practical steps for reducing your stress at work

People (both the person experiencing the aspect of life as well as those around them) tend to minimize the impact stress has on their life. → Read More

5 languages spotlight: words of affirmation

Communicating appreciation can be powerful and motivating when it is expressed through positive, encouraging words. → Read More

Making your vacation work for you: the 4 R's

While the three-day weekend doesn’t afford as much time as a full summer vacation, it can still provide valuable time for a mental reset. → Read More

How to show appreciation when you oversee a large group

As you do, you will become aware of all of the opportunities there are daily to communicate a little appreciation to someone. → Read More

6 reasons your boss doesn't say thank you enough (or ever)

Business and organizational leaders are constantly reminded of how important it is to communicate appreciation to their staff — and it is. → Read More

Overcoming busyness – our cultural addiction

Busyness seems primarily to be an internal experience (we “feel” busy), but busyness also involves behaviors. Busy people tend to exhibit the following. → Read More

The ways people don't want to be appreciated

Identifying the acts of appreciation not wanted and communicating them to one’s colleagues and supervisor consistently lowers employees’ anxiety. → Read More

Leadership blind spot: Your least valued language of appreciation

When a colleague’s least important language of appreciation is, say, Words of Affirmation, no matter how much praise you give them, it misses the mark. → Read More

A candid discussion about hugging in the workplace

In the case of hugging, the recipient gets to define what’s best for them. Hugging is not for everyone and it can make some people extremely uncomfortable. → Read More

Employees are people, not just work units

We must not forget that employees are people (first) who have physical bodies, emotional reactions, goals and desires, families and lives outside of work. → Read More

Why employee recognition isn’t working

In many cases, the ways that most employee recognition programs are implemented actually create negative reactions among team members. → Read More