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Stop Being Nice at Work? Not So Fast!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share.

Lisa Bodell photo

Ms. Bodell doesn’t like “nice” at work. We redefine that as “passive.”

We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated.

We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.”

You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions. Make it clear that everyone is talented and cherished within the organization, but that no one can hang their ego on specific programs or activities (aka the status quo.) Nothing is “mine.” Everything is “ours.”

Put more colloquially: “You don’t drive me nuts, although your ideas or actions sometimes do!”

Being respectful of the person while retaining permission to challenge their ideas is a key success factor in helping leaders to foster employee engagement and raise productivity. You can take issue with ideas, old ways of doing things or flawed logic, but you must continue to very much value the person or people involved, and reinforce their potential to contribute at a high level going forward.

Once we got past the misdirection of the headline, we found a lot to like in the suggestions the author presented to “shake up” old thinking, and I love the quote from the HBO executive who emphasized the building of trust in the new mindset, removing repercussions from challenging the status quo.

The other idea I really like is setting up a cultural norm that the owner of a particular status quo is the one asking whether it is still relevant, and seeks the input for improvement. To wit:

“I created this, and it reaped some gains for us (of which I am proud). However, is it still relevant? How can we improve this part of what we do?”

Everyone takes pride in their accomplishments, but if you recognize those results without taking the next step and tying the person’s reputation to that program or activity, you can keep moving everyone forward productively.

I understand why the author of the Strategy-Business article used a catchy headline/tagline like “Stop being so nice” to get our attention, but we feel strongly that “nice” has a critical role to play in setting up an action-oriented, forward thinking culture that understands that you can be nice to people, yet be very free to challenge their ideas when the ideas seem out of alignment with the team’s mission.

What do you think? Is the author right to claim we are all too nice at work? Would you say we are too sensitive about hurting other people’s feeling, and so hold back our criticisms? How best to remove that inhibition in the interest of improving productivity? Are there cultural norms against rocking the boat where you work? Would you suffer repercussions?

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We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

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We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Challenge Negative Mindsets When Pursuing New Ideas

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

A Fresh Start on Performance Reviews: Alere Sets a Great Example

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Generation Xers are Today’s Leaders – Invest in Them

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

How Can Your Words Build or Break Trust With Co-Workers?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

The Lemonade of Employee Turnover

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Google Survey Connects Workplace Flexibility to Morale – No Surprise There!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Employee Engagement is a Two-Way Street

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

You Will Not Engage Every Employee – Nor Should You

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Make August Your Personal Rejuvenation Month

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

The Unbiased Opinion is a Myth. Discard It.

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Time to Act Civilly at Work? Professor Porath Says It Pays Off.

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

When Motivating Employees, Do Words Get In the Way?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

How to Sell Senior Executives on the Value of Talent Development

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Temporary Project Teams Need Scaffolding to Work Well

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

To Manage or To Lead – That is the Question

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Break Conversational Habits to Break Out of Ruts

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Schedule that “Thirdly Review”!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Make Spring Fever a Productive Force at Work

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Change Happens Inside Out – Driven By Middle Managers

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Hiring Outsiders Costs Money. Save it by Investing in Human Development.

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

How Quickly Does Your Culture Sub-Optimize New Talent?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

How Do You Fix a Jerk at Work?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Valentines Day Marks the Halfway Point in Q1 – How Are Your Leadership Resolutions Fairing?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

More Grist for the “Why Are Employees Not Engaged” Chat Mill

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Dave Tighe Joins Writers on LinkedIn as Employee Engagement Expert

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Leadership Tips for Kicking Off 2015

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

In 2015 Employee Engagement Will Look Like It Did in 2014…and 2013…

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Employee Engagement Must Address Professional and Personal Performance Factors

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

January Leadership Advice Deluge has Begun! Resist the Urge to Read It All.

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

McKinsey Offers Evidence: Senior Executives Still Struggle With Leadership Habits

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Happy Holidays from Bovo-Tighe!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

2014 is Done – Time to Kick-Start January

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Sweat the Small Stuff Says Rory Sutherland in a TED Talk – This is What Bovo-Tighe Does for You

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Happy Thanksgiving from Bovo-Tighe

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Just Twenty Working Days ‘Till Christmas – What Can You Get Done???

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Defend Human Development Investments Strategically

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Be Great to Work With

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Leaders Must Still Manage. You Don’t Get Off That Hook!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

It Takes Time to Change Employee Habits – And Lots of Support.

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Employee Recognition – Easy to Say, Hard (it seems) to Do

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Misguided Advice from Monster about Aspiring to a Leadership Role

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Honda Waigaya and Outward Bound – Lessons in Patient Leadership

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Master the Art of Questioning (and Listening) to Better Raise Productivity

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Kick-Start Your Team’s Productivity Push for Autumn

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Leaders Master the Art of Questioning to Raise Employee Engagement

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Halogen Software Offers Sample Comments for Performance Reviews. We Disapprove!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Asking Silly Questions Makes You Smarter

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Employee Engagement is Personal, So Personalize Your Approach

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Maslow’s Hierarchy and Employee Engagement – Make the Connections!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

The Case of the Market Basket CEO – Leaders Who Care Get Strong Employee Support

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Leaders: Spend More Time Leading People and Less Time Doing Stuff

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Take Steps to Run Better Meetings – Walk While You Talk

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Confident Leaders Keep Arrogance at Bay With a Dose of Humility

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Employee Engagement is Really Simple – But Does Take Energy and Focus

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Great Leaders See Themselves as Others See Them – And Engage Better

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Sayonara June! Hola July! Time for Mid-Year Resolutions.

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Leaven Your Positive Leadership Outlook With Real-World Negativity – Pursue the Truth!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Reset Your Leadership Mindset for the Next Six Months

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Great Leaders Make Life Better for Their Followers

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Defend No Process – Defend the Mission Against Old Processes

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

How to Maintain Workplace Productivity During the Summer Vacation Season

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

A More Productive Mindset for Work in Six Steps

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

A Great Set of Productivity Tips – Read This Instead of Facebook at Lunch Today

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Honor the Last Full Measure of Devotion on Memorial Day

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

As a leader, you will get angry – How you handle that anger is critical to team productivity

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Middle Managers Can All Lead – If You Show Them How

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Never Assume: Pursuit of Truth Makes Decision-Making Better

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

The Last Mile of Employee Engagement is the Hardest to Travel

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

We Love the Energizing Month of May

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Transformational Leadership Skill Spring Shape-Up

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Still Pushing Employees to the Brink: A bad habit from the Great Recession.

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Toyota Agrees: Machines Don’t Innovate – People Do.

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Leadership Development Gaps Expose a Lack of Strategic Commitment

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

“Overnight” Organizational Change Takes Great Long-Term Leadership

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

A “Lucky Seven” Set of Tips for the Freshly Minted Leader

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Does Your Online Presence Promote You?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Leaders Don’t Pick Winners: Develop All of Your Team Members

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

May the Wind be at Your Back this St. Patrick’s Day

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Leadership Lessons for the Ides of March

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Our Foundations of Excellence Refresher

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Great Conversations Build Employee Engagement

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

i4cp Research Isolates Six Key Employee Engagement Factors

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Tap Untapped Talent You Have Already Hired

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Each Great Leader is Unique, But They All Engage

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Bovo-Tighe Supports Shell in Launch of New Gulf Platform

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Annual Performance Reviews Should be the Icing not the Cake

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Resources We Rely On for New Ideas about Employee Engagement

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Machines Don’t Innovate: People Do.

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Hide From Your Manager to Get More Done!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Leadership Quotes to Get Your Mind Set for February

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Leadership Development Does Not Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Brooke Bovo at TTI Winter Conference: Love Your Clients, Not Your Expertise

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Why Does Leadership Development Fail to Create Great Leaders?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

New Year Resolution: Make a Habit of Your Productive Mindset

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

OSHA Discloses Most Common Workplace Hazards – The List Remains the Same

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Leadership Lessons from Scrooge and the Grinch

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Merry Christmas from Bovo-Tighe

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

McKinsey Highlights Slow Adoption Rate for Intra-Company Social Networks

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Holiday Employee Gifts that Cost Little More Than a Bit of Your Time

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Books to Inspire Great Leaders Include Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals”

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

A Culture of Agility Requires a Commitment to the Pursuit of Truth

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Lean Manufacturing Demands Fully Engaged Employees

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Happy Thanksgiving from Bovo-Tighe

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Rob Markey of Bain and Co.: Employee Engagement Rocks!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Flexible Job Schedules Can Win Employee Loyalty

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Employee Engagement a Strategic HR Imperative for 2014

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Maintaining Work-Life Balance During the Holidays

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

The Paradox of Employee Engagement: It Works Yet Few Companies Try

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Remember Veterans on Veterans Day with a Heartfelt Thank You

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Defuse the Gunpowder Barrel with Sustained Employee Engagement

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Happy Halloween from Bovo-Tighe!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Minga Foundation Ups Productivity by Raising Awareness of Personal Motivators

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

How Pessimists Keep Optimists in the Black

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Gallup Employee Engagement Results Not Budging

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Aberdeen Report Finds Competitive Advantage for Companies that Improve Hiring Processes

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Three Leadership Tasks That Unleash Team Productivity

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

What Prevents Teamwork From Adding Value?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

How Can You Make a Vacation From Work Truly Stress-Free?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Time Off is Restorative – Organizations that Don’t Encourage It Lose Out

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Have Employees Track Their Own Successes to Raise Engagement

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

A Quick Cost/Benefit Analysis of Employee Training and Development

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Bovo-Tighe Participates in 2013 CLO Forum

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Labor Day in the U.S.: A Connection to Employee Engagement

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Great Employee Engagement Starts by Asking a Lot of Questions

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Leadership Inspiration for a Hot Day in August

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Employee Engagement Remains Elusive: You Are the Problem and the Solution

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

More Thoughts on the Great Value of Middle Management Leadership Training

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Working from Home Does Raise Employee Engagement, if Done the Right Way

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Define leadership more broadly. Anyone can lead, at any level.

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Engaged Employees Accumulate Business Acumen

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Engaged Employees Honor the Pursuit of Truth – And You Should Value That Trait

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Bovo-Tighe Presents Dole Case Study at HR Star Conference

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Build a Corporate Culture that Embraces Change

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Happy Independence Day

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Celebrating Failure? You Bet! How Else Can You Learn New Stuff?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

CEOs Must Foster Culture Based on People – Not Process

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Gallup Confirms the American Worker Remains Unengaged

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Bovo-Tighe Senior Consultant Steve Eddy Honored at the University of Nebraska

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Is it possible to be overworked and underutilized?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Create Great Leaders in Your Organization

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Retain Talent by Fostering Professional and Personal Growth

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Leadership Starts with Engagement

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Take the Time to Say Thank You to Those Who Died Defending Us

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

When Should You Micromanage Employees?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Leadership in Public Management

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Time to Rehire Yourself?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Of Lollipops and Leadership

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

HubSpot and Netflix Offer Insights on Building Productive Organizational Cultures

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Why We Love May at Bovo-Tighe

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Are Millennials Really Different About Job-Hopping?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Bovo-Tighe and Harvard Business School Are On the Same Page

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Lessons on Leadership from Britain’s Royal Navy

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Raise the Meaning Quotient for Employees to Raise Productivity

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Employees Can Only Manage Their Time if the Organization Lets Them

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Social Media Collaboration is Shaking Up How Employees Engage with Each Other

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Goal Alignment Takes Work and Communication that Counts

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Our Philosophy about the Pursuit of Truth Includes Your Health

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Three Key Drivers of Employee Engagement

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

March Madness is a Leadership Moment

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

May the road rise to meet you on this St. Patrick’s Day.

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

QBQ works well with the Bovo-Tighe Foundations of Excellence philosophy

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Leadership Tales from Top People – Courtesy of LinkedIn

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Marissa Mayer Should Focus on Employee Engagement

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Accelerative Learning Article Now Posted on eZineArticles.com

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Drop Your Information Filters to Boost Engagement with Fellow Employees

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

More Thoughts on How to Engage Employees

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Challenging “Accepted Wisdom” Unlocks Creativity and Productivity

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Quotes that make you think – Are you open to the truths you need to hear?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Passion at Work: Nurturing it Starts the First Day of Employment

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Stephen Covey: A Truly Inspirational Force for Innovation in Human Development

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Summer Thoughts on the Pursuit of Truth

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Employee Dissatisfaction Still the Norm in 2012 – Therein Lies Opportunity!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Exploring 8 Rules for Creating Passionate Corporate Cultures (Round Three)

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Stop Hating Meetings: Fix Them Yourself!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

New Bovo-Tighe Article on eZineArticles.com about Better Meeting Practices

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Employees are Consumers of Corporate Culture: They won’t “buy in” until you earn their trust!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

101 Steps Towards Better Leadership

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Transformational vs. Transactional Leadership: A Worthy Distinction

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

The Cure for Bad Meetings: Pay Attention and Contribute!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Caring for Your Employees Unlocks Great Productivity

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Leadership Behavior Can Stifle Productivity – Even Unintentionally

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Leadership: Its Trappings Lead Good People Astray

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Information Underload: Bad for Employee Engagement

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Zen and the Pursuit of Truth at Work

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Client News: Shell Sets Record for Deepest Oil and Gas Well

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

How Kingsford Charcoal Taught DuPont a Thing or Two about Employee Engagement

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Bovo-Tighe Client Newsletter – November 2011

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Workplace Time Wasters: Facebook vs. the Two-Martini Lunch

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Dumb Things Bosses Do

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Dumb Things Bosses Do

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Bovo-Tighe Client Newsletter October 2011

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Steve Jobs: A Born Visionary Who Learned to be a Leader

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Old United “Speech” Ad Still Resonates Strongly in the Digital Age

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Power Breeds Overconfidence in Leaders

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Do You Know All the Facets of Employee Engagement?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Coaching for Senior Executives Must Come Up From Subordinates

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Bovo-Tighe’s September Client Newsletter – 2011

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Bovo-Tighe Client Newsletter – Summer 2011

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Presenting at the National Property Management Association Annual Education Seminar

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Bovo-Tighe connects with the HR community at the HR Star Conference

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Book Review: How to be Happy, Dammit!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Bovo-Tighe Client Newsletter June 2011

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

One-Foot-Out-the-Door Disease is Bad for Productivity

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

How best to make leadership training truly work? Never stop!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Bovo-Tighe shares a snap-shot of its ongoing work on Alaska’s North Slope

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Leadership: It all starts with you

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Bovo-Tighe Newsletter May 2011

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Bovo-Tighe at the Offshore Technology Conference

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

We applaud our client, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, on their Webby Award

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Technoserve extends its initiatives in Africa by leveraging Bovo-Tighe expertise.

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Irrational Decision-Making: Embrace the Human Factor!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Performance Management Needs to Recover its Mojo

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

A standing ovation for an active client, Technoserve, which helps poor communities thrive worldwide!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Bovo-Tighe’s March 2011 Client Newsletter

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

The Bombardier Case Study: Successful Commitment to Employee Engagement

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Talent Management: All agree we need it. Few act on it.

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

On Performance Reviews: The Urge to be Better-than-Worst Raises Productivity

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Influence Competence: Effective Employee Engagement Skills Under a New Name

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Talent Management: How It Helps With Crisis Management

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Employee Engagement: Have you thought about ice cream?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Tasked with Corporate Training? Seek Outside Help

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Corporate Communications: Keep an Equal Balance Between Ethics and Achievement

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Changing Corporate Mindsets is the Critical Path to Cultural Change: Now We Have Research to Prove It!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Bovo-Tighe explores Kazakh Psychologies of Achievement

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Corporate Cultures: Bottom-up change is best.

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Are people truly your company’s best asset? Can you prove it?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Compensation Plans vs Employee Emotion

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Pay-For-Performance versus Full Engagement

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

On Leadership: Would you work for yourself?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Employee Engagement is simply the Foundation for Excellence

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Why doesn’t employee training work better?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Change Management: The entire organization needs to participate

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Fostering Innovation: HR Must Lead the Way

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

About that left brain-right brain split: It doesn’t happen.

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

With Leadership Development: Are We Smarter that Fifth-Graders?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Bovo-Tighe’s January 2011 Client Newsletter

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Corporate Flu Epidemics: What Sort of Infectious Attitudes Do You Spread Around?

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Bovo-Tighe December Newsletter

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Change employee behavior by changing their bad habits.

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Be the first on your block to re-engage your employees.

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Performance Reviews done well require great communication.

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

No One Was Ever Motivated by a Meeting

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

No One Ever Improved by Having Their “Performance Reviewed Annually”

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Meetings That Rock!

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Corporate Mission Statements die on Plaques

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

Inhibit Intellectual Growth and Innovation in Your Company

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

How to incorrectly use ‘Management By Objectives’

We just spotted an article on strategy-business.com titled “Stop Being Nice at Work.” The topic drew us in, just as the provocative headline was written to do. Our mind was set against the theme to start, but once we got past the negativity, we found some value to share. [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"]Lisa Bodell photo Ms. Bodell doesn't like "nice" at work. We redefine that as "passive."[/caption] We agree with the author, Lisa Bodell, on her key point: The human tendency to avoid conflict is counterproductive in the workplace. Issues fester if not addressed quickly; they grow more malignant and harder to cure the longer the “infection” remains untreated. We don’t think being nice is the issue, however. In our view, being “nice” means being respectful, and that has powerful positive effects in the workplace. Passiveness in the face of conflict is the issue, not “being nice.” You can be nice about demanding excellence. You don’t have to shout, pound tables, or call people out. In fact, one critical success factor in creating a productive culture is to separate the person from the issue: Respect the person while challenging their ideas or actions.

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