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The Importance of Cultural Fit

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When you don’t fit in at your workplace, it just doesn’t feel good to be there. You might think there is something wrong with you, and try everything to make it work. An article in The Wall Street Journal on April 10, 2014, entitled “Making Sure the Boss Is the Right Fit”, states that “a poor cultural fit is the primary reason top managers fail, according to executive coaches and recruiters.” It’s not technical skills. It’s not getting along with others. It’s finding that you don’t fit in at the workplace. A large part of cultural fit comes from the behavioral preferences of those in charge, and the values they espouse. We are motivated mostly by our top two values, and from time to time will have our third come into play. If my top two values are the bottom two of my manager or the work place I operate…

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It’s Not WHAT You Say Sometimes….

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And sometimes it is. When we communicate with others, the words we use are only a small part of the exchange. As we talk, others who are listening are focused on our body language, our tone and the pace of our speech. We may spend a great deal of time getting the message “right” only to find that our well-rehearsed speech is falling on deaf ears, because our body language is telling the listener something different! Think about a discussion you may have had with a boss, a significant other or a teenager. You are speaking, they are reacting and you may either say, or be thinking, “But ALL I said was….”Unfortunately for us, sometimes “all” we say isn’t all! We all have our preferred behavioral style and natural approach to communication. Some people react more quickly – they think fast, and respond fast. They “get it” and they are…

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Time to Lose the Stress – Change Your Self-Talk

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An article by Deborah Kotz in the November 4, 2013, issue of The Boston Globe expresses what those of us in the wellness field have known for a long time – stress makes you sick. Some stress is good of course, and spurs us to action, but stress unchecked for lengthy periods leads to anxiety, depression and a host of physical and physiological ailments that are very real. Just two years ago (November 6, 2011), USA Today reported that “More than 20 percent of American adults took at least one drug for conditions like anxiety and depression in 2010, according to an analysis of prescription data, including more than one in four women.” American are stressed out, drugged up and spending far more time at the doctor’s office with real issues that need to be resolved. As the Globe article states, many of these folks are low income and dealing…

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