Author Archives: Carpenter Smith Consulting

Linda Carpenter and Stephanie Smith started Carpenter Smith Consulting in Portland to support individuals and teams who dream about having the power, impact and influence to create success and meaning in their work and in their lives. One of the ways they provide that support is in the Monday Morning Business Coach, a free weekly nugget of executive coaching that helps people step into leadership—regardless of their role. Learn more about them and their services at www.carpentersmith.com.

Managing Workplace Conflicts: Shifts in Behavior

Your team, and your organization are not dysfunctional because you have conflict. Conflict is a part of being human!

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Managing Workplace Conflicts: Shifts in Focus

The inability to deal with conflict effectively can be costly in terms of productivity, sharing of information, and turnover. Therefore, it’s critical that managers, teams, and individuals develop skills in both managing conflict effectively and also in using conflict to increase innovation, expand ideas, and support problem-solving.

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Thriving After A Layoff

You lost this job and that sucks. Now you have the opportunity to get more of what you want out of your next job!

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More Powerful Questions for Powerful Leadership

We’ve witnessed the power that great questions have to create opportunities for innovation, problem solving, and higher levels of thinking.

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Powerful Questions for Powerful Leadership

At Carpenter Smith Consulting, we define leadership as the willingness to influence your world and the willingness to be influenced by your world. In practice, that often means that you’ll need to invite influence, and there’s no better way to do so than with a great question. By great question, we’re talking about a question that’s right for […]

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Leading When Bad Things Happen

Last week, we talked about When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies. Sadly, it happens more often than you’d think; so it makes sense to be as prepared as possible to lead through it. Leading through it requires communication, a commitment to transparency, and a plan of action that moves you forward. It requires that […]

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When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies

We have recently been working with the leadership teams of two very different companies where the proverbial sh!t has hit the fan . . .  through no fault of their own. A sad fact: Bad things can happen to good companies, which means that bad things can also happen to good people in those companies. Figuring […]

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Your Dream Employee – Start with Purpose

  Last week we finished up the Your Dream Job series and shared a video synopsis of Daniel H. Pink’s book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. As you’ll recall, the book summarized the key motivators for most adults as Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose. In our consulting, we work with leaders to consider these three […]

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Your Dream Job – Start with Purpose

As we continue our series on your dream job, we’d like to suggest you consider the research cited in Daniel H. Pink’s book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. We know that life is full, and it can be hard to find the time to read a book these days; so, if you’re […]

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Your Dream Job – The Big Rocks

Over the past two weeks, we have been talking about Your Dream Job and some core questions you can ask yourself to begin to move toward work that’s more meaningful, satisfying, and that supports you living a life that you love. Today, we’re going to talk about exploring your dream job through the lens of your […]

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