Author Archives: Carpenter Smith Consulting

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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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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