Have Purpose – It’s Better Than Fun

Eric Stutzman

motivated employees

This morning as I left the house, I said to my four-year-old daughter, “Have a fun day on your field trip!” And she replied, “Have a fun day at work!” Her reply made me smile. It made sense, especially because it came from a child. And yet, I couldn’t help thinking that while I like to have fun at work, … Read More

Happiness at Work: Stop Climbing the Ladder

Eric Stutzman

climbing ladder

What if climbing the proverbial corporate ladder will only lead you to misery? Would you like to have a work life marked by satisfaction and well-being? If you answer, “Yes,” then consider this: never seek to climb the ladder at work for the sake of climbing. A career path marked by seeking one promotion after another for the promotion’s sake … Read More

6 Ways to Find a Friend at Work

Wendy Loewen

Making friends can be a difficult thing. When my son started at a new high school he asked me who I thought his friends would be. My response was that like finds like and that good people are drawn to each other. I also explained that there were specific things he could do to help himself find a friend or … Read More

New Employees – 3 Ways to Begin Right

Eric Stutzman

We started a new employee this past week, and it got me thinking about what’s important for that crucial first week. There are so many ways to get off on the wrong foot, but here are three things we can all do to make that impressionable employee’s first week go well. Plan your new hire’s first day and week in … Read More

6 Tips for Dealing with a Difficult Person

Eric Stutzman

When I started teaching conflict resolution skills many years ago, I believed that simply using those skills would solve most problems. I was naïve. People kept coming to me and saying something like, “Eric, these skills are great, but what do you do about the person who is just DIFFICULT?” After some years of experience, I realized that they were … Read More

Making PD Count – 3 Steps to Effective Learning

Eric Stutzman

Consider the following scenario: Year end is fast approaching and you realize you haven’t spent your Professional Development (PD) budget yet. What do you do? I advise you to wait. Wait just long enough to put a simple plan in place. Follow these three steps when planning any professional development and you have a better chance of reaping positive returns … Read More

7 Things Every Leader Must Know About Conflict

Eric Stutzman

After years of working as a mediator, consultant, and organizational leader, I now understand that there are at least six crucial realizations for leaders to successfully navigate organizational conflict. I will describe seven critical things to remember, and then I’ll summarize with the most important thing you can do to lead through conflict. Seven Things You Must Know 1. By … Read More

The Difficult Person: 4 More Tools to Get Unstuck

Eric Stutzman

What do you do when someone seems to think you are the problem in a situation of conflict? I received the following excellent question in response to my last blog, 6 Tips to Deal with a Difficult Person: Dear Eric, As I strive to integrate the position you outlined in your article (which I’ve been trying to do for some … Read More

9 Leadership Books for the Holidays

Eric Stutzman

I find that the holidays are a great time to rejuvenate through diving into a book. As you head into the holiday season, here is a list of my favourite leadership and management books for the year. These books have inspired me to think differently and grow as a leader and manager. You will find a range of styles and … Read More

Leading Through Conflict: 6 Crucial Realizations

Eric Stutzman

leading through conflict compass

After years of working as a mediator, consultant, and organizational leader, I now understand that there are at least six crucial realizations for leaders to successfully navigate organizational conflict. I will describe six critical things to remember, and then I’ll summarize with the most important thing you can do to lead through conflict. Six Crucial Realizations By the time that … Read More