Category Archives: Managing Performance

Spring Cleaning for Stale Energy

by Anne Schink “Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?” Believe it or not this was a popular song many years ago. Does it speak to the way you feel about your job today? Lately I … Continue reading

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Meetings and Our Circles of Conflict

by Jane Haskell When we work with groups, we can help individuals in the group shift from thinking about personal agendas, axes to grind, positions, pet projects, or whatever we (or they) want to call it. We can encourage the … Continue reading

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Volunteer & Staff Roles

by Anne Schink The subject of volunteer/staff relations is a topic that frequently appears on requests for training. At one workshop we decided to create a list of responsibilities, dividing them into two columns—one for staff and one for volunteers. … Continue reading

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Effective Groups and Centers of Influence

by Jane Haskell One of the most important concepts in business networking is the idea of “Centers of Influence.” David Chwalek’s blog post What Makes an Effective Center of Influence? defines a Center of Influence (COI) as a person who … Continue reading

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Facilitation Climate: Reduce Stress in Meetings

by Jane Haskell Is cleaning the bathroom toilet or the yucky refrigerator shelf more appealing than putting up with ridiculous or stressful meetings? Maybe it is time to think about changing the climate of the meeting and at the same … Continue reading

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Balance: Moving toward? Status quo? Juggling?

by Jane Haskell Moving toward personal balance that slides over into my work life is constantly evolving. I know I am moving toward balance or juggling in a project because I ‘feel’ it in my heart. This is not an … Continue reading

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Motivation As We Age

by Anne Schink Laura Carstensen of Stanford University has conducted research about emotional and psychological changes as people age. She looked at three key variables: social interactions, knowledge gains and information seeking, and future possibilities. If we connect those lessons … Continue reading

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Data is not Analysis

by Ross Lasley I love talking with people about geeky things – it is just the most fun. Recently I’ve been speaking to a wide variety of groups and I keep running across what I call the “oh” moment, like … Continue reading

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More on Motivation: Cues from the Business Sector

by Anne Schink My past blog on volunteer motivation focused on the traditional understanding of what attracts and sustains volunteers. This blog expands on the work in a book entitled Drive by Daniel Pink. It’s a fascinating study of how … Continue reading

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