A common reference today in many circles of education, industry, and politics is the use (and overuse) of the word “resilience.” On its own, this is not a bad word. It is powerful, invigorating, and inspiring. How it is used is where it becomes problematic. According to Richards (2020): Resilience is a dynamic process ofContinue reading “Resiliency, Buzz Word or Bad Word?”
Author Archives: Melissa A. Walker, Ph.D.
Self-Deprecation: Why Women use it as a Business Strategy
Successful women are caught in a catch-22: to overcome traditional negative stereotypes they are encouraged to adopt more stereotypical male behaviors, yet if they choose to do so, they are very likely to be penalized for violating the expected behaviors of women.
Top 5 Don’ts in Resolving Conflict
Handling the resolution process is a delicate enterprise that often requires a certain amount of experience and emotional intelligence. It is important to remember that in a conversation between two parties, there is only one person you can control… yourself. With that in mind, there is a greater possibility to create an environment in which both parties feel comfortable with a resolution.
Statements That May Unknowingly Make You a Poor Leader
“We’ve always done it this way.” Just never say this. Personally, I want to bang my head on the desk any time someone utters this statement.
Performance Leadership During COVID
One of the most troubling trends that have been present in leadership during quarantine is the complete unpreparedness for remote work and abject mistrust of personnel.
How Implicit Bias Affects Your Communication Skills
Your communication is carried forward not only verbally, but also non-verbally. Your reaction to a subject or speaker may easily be conveyed through your tone, body language, facial expression, whether you are actually listening, and even your posture. Your partner in the conversation may be unsure of your reaction and make negative assumptions about your attitude towards the topic, or even themselves. All the while, you are unaware that you have conveyed this communication because you are unconscious of your response and possibly unaware that there is a bias.
Why is Microlearning More than Just a Trend?
The challenge to microlearning is the mindset transition from traditional face to face interventions that are the primary tool used in workforce education today. Blended, online, and social learning is more applicable to the younger and incoming workforce; why not tailor instruction to a medium in which they are proficient?
Divergent Teams and Decision Making
Mr/s. Groupthink is confidently smiling and leading you to a well-traveled, paved, landscaped, and previously milestoned path. It has signs for the lottery and car dealerships; it’s so well used. Groupthink promises that at the end is a large predictable metropolis that appears comfortable and stable.
Communication: The World We Want and Reality
“You have said you’re too direct, maybe you should consider that before you speak to me.”
Leading with Authenticity: Being Everything you are Expected to Be
We invite the authentic self, if you’re having a great day, feeling open minded, and aligning with our pre-disposed notions of workplace, gender-normed behavior.