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.

Keep Noticing Good Behaviors

Don’t be stingy with your praise. When someone is doing something well, go all out and share your enthusiasm for their success!

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Ignoring Problem Behaviors

This week, explore ignoring an irritating but not destructive behavior while watching for a positive behavior that you would like to see expand in its place, and rewarding that.

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Rewarding the Right Behaviors

Defining powerful, impactful behavior and recognizing / rewarding it, will help you accelerate success in your team, department, and organization.

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What Puppy Training Can Teach You About Leading and Managing

As humans, our brains are both quite different from puppy brains and not so very different from puppy brains.

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Your Why: The 5 Whys

This week, play with the 5 Whys and let us know what you discover!

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Your Why: Survey Your World

This week we suggest you play with naming your why. Write it down and live with it a while to see if it helps you make decisions that are more in alignment with what matters to you.

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Why?

At a recent presentation entitled, Why Mattering Matters, a woman asked us, “Why are you doing this work—people can be so challenging, don’t you get sick of it?” After answering her, we realized that it might be helpful to share our answer with you so that you can get to know us a bit better. Over […]

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the one day when we reflect as a nation on the sacrifices of the men and women who died while serving our country.

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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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