Category Archives: Communication

Enough is Enough: Part 2

“Having enough time” begins with knowing when to say when In Part 2 of our time and priority management discussion, we continue to explore the challenge that the real issue when we don’t have enough time is the problem of unrealistic expectations. Last week, Part 1 unpacked the unrealistic expectations related to our boundaries with…
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Enough is Enough: Part 1

“Having enough time” begins with knowing when to say when “I don’t have enough time to get everything done!” As someone who has taught in universities, supervised teams, organized events, and parented a teenager, I have heard this too many times to count. Full disclosure, I have used those words myself. But “not enough time”…
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Be a Helper: Why We Need Diplomacy When Things Get Ugly

By: Dr. MaryJo Burchard Just a few days ago, the unthinkable happened in my community. My city – one of the safest cities in the U.S. – experienced a tragedy beyond imagination, and we are all still reeling from it. Having worked at the City of Virginia Beach for four years, I knew people involved.…
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Appreciation: Infinitely More than Recognition

Sharon sat down and stared at the “Employee of the Year” plaque on her wall. She knew this was a high honor, but after the last 24 hours, the distinction felt hollow. She could not understand where the frustration and sense of disappointment were coming from, but they overwhelmed her as she felt a lump…
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Making Connections that Count

By: Dr. MaryJo Burchard This week, I am having lunch with a very important friend. She has walked with me in pivotal moments, challenged my thinking, and inspired me to take healthy risks in my own development. I will invest a 3-hour commute to meet with her, and I know the meeting will be meaningful…
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Recognizing Employees

If you’re thankful for your employees, let them know it. In this season of gratitude and thanksgiving, it’s time to return to one of the foundational principles of leadership and motivation – the practice of recognizing employees for all that they do in our organizations. Countless studies have shown that recognition is one of the…
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