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5 Tips on Managing Virtual Teams

By Mike Cardus  |  Organizational Development Consultant, Executive Exchange Facilitator This global pandemic and mandatory work at home has created chaos and a shift in all workplaces. Some of us have worked remotely and managed virtual teams for years, and some of us have not. That is one of the

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Are Your Problems Repeating Themselves?

By Mike Cardus  |  Organizational Development Consultant, Executive Exchange Facilitator With creativity and change, there are two types of problems: Normal Problems = These are growth and adaptation challenges that are normal to most change. You and the team can figure these issues out or work through them with little

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Leader Exchange program helps members connect and create solutions

They work in marketing, higher education, accounting, technology, and law, to name a few. They meet monthly to discuss and focus on their challenges as business professionals in leadership positions within their organizations. And they are discovering the difference creative problem solving can make. They are the members of the

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Finding what works to improve your work

By Mike Cardus  |  Organizational Development Consultant, Executive Exchange Facilitator When you Google the phrase, “work skills needed for the future,” you will see that soft skills and the ability to adapt quickly to challenges are on most lists. In an article about the top talent trends of 2019, the

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How to use “trust but verify” to manage staff, processes, and workflow

By Mike Cardus  |  Organizational Development Consultant, Executive Exchange Facilitator I’m a facilitator for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Executive Exchange program. When Executive Exchange members and I discuss managing staff, processes, and workflow, we often use the phrase “trust but verify,” which was made famous by former President Ronald Reagan.

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Leadership: Balancing Art, Craft, and Science

Leadership: That process in which one person sets a purpose or direction for one or more other persons, and gets them to move along together with him or her and with each other in that direction with competence and full commitment. (Clement & Jaques. Executive Leadership 2009) Leadership: Adding value to

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How to Have an Effective Team Meeting

Reality Check: Whenever I cover meeting management, I feel a need to apologize for telling people what they already know. Who has not heard you should have an agenda? Keep a task list? Record decisions? Then I see when working with project teams when a meeting task is assigned; even

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Making Your Project Team Meeting Successful

You have been assigned to lead an important project, you know the team members and understand the objectives and resources. Now you are ready to have your first project team meeting. How can you prepare to ensure that the meeting goes well? This initial meeting sets the stage for the

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Solution Focused Coaching – Stop The “Why”

STOP THE WHY NONSENSE! ‘Why’ is an instinctive question. Asked hundreds of times every day in organizations, and much of it is helpful. It is important to understand why a manufacturing process has failed, why a car broke down or why your fire alarm went off. It can be enlightening

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