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Give Me Growers, Not Show-ers

Please let me explain… Today, I was asked, “How do we return to pre-COVID culture and practices?” My quick answer was, “We don’t, and we won’t…it is all slightly different now.” However, that doesn’t mean the magic (in reference to...

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Is it a Retreat or a Work Session?

This past week, Black River had the opportunity to spend some time in Alaska working with two different clients. Angie led a multi-day board of directors retreat for one client at an off-site location. The retreat included team building, capacity...

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Dylan’s Dis-ease – How Our Energy Affects Others

It is incredible how a leader’s mere presence can impact team dynamics. During my travels these past few months, I visited several great places. The caliber of the facilities was top-notch, matching the impeccable service. However, there was one exception....

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providing feedback to direct report

Feedback = Love, Accountability = Respect

Providing clear and specific feedback is one of the most difficult tasks an employee encounters. Here we explore how to begin to minimize the stress and increase the impact of these difficult conversations.

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Our Future of Work

The big question surrounding the present and future world of work is “what should we expect? If we consider a few, rather dismal current truths about life today, we might not be very optimistic for the future of work 10,...

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Annual Reviews, an Annual Blunder?

A consultant I’ve known for a number of years reached out to me recently for my input on a new Performance Appraisal (PA) form he was creating for his clients.  We did the back-and-forth feedback exchange and wrapped it up...

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Do You See What I See?

When is the last time you gave a person directions? How was that experience? Did they clearly understand your instructions? What about a person not familiar with the area, the landscape, or the organization, for that matter? Directions and instructions...

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