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Growing Your Character

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 8:17am -- Beth Flynn

“Growing your character is about having the courage to expand your personal comfort zone within yourself. Staying in our comfort zone where we feel safe, secure, and in control can in fact be the deception of living in self-limiting fear and ego-driven pride. In nearly every aspect of life it takes character for you to be your best self.


Tue, 12/22/2020 - 9:12am -- Beth Flynn

“Appreciation is about acknowledging a person’s inherent value. It’s not about recognizing their accomplishments; it’s about appreciating who they are as a human being. In simple terms, recognition is about what we do; appreciation is about who we are. This is important for many reasons, but mainly because even when we have success, individually and collectively, there may be failures and challenges along the way. And even if there aren’t, there may not be tangible results to recognize. If we focus solely on positive outcomes, we miss out on lots of opportunities for connection, support, an

Share Your Time

Tue, 12/08/2020 - 5:31am -- Beth Flynn

“Time is a language of love. When we take time with someone, it demonstrates that they are important. One of the most valuable resources any of us has is our time. And when we take the time to invest in others, we are showing them that they matter to us. But because time is such a precious commodity, we must be judicious and intentional with it.

The Case for Compassion

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 4:27pm -- Beth Flynn

“Technologies will race onward. Robotics will replace human labor, creating even more change in the future of work. Organizations will need to adapt and to create things that have never existed before. When organizations need adaptability and innovation, they also need human ingenuity – the kind of ingenuity that can be crushed by unmet grief or pain at work. In this way, compassion is at the heart of success.

Tap the Power of Reciprocity

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 4:26pm -- Beth Flynn

“There is no better way to initiate or strengthen a relationship of service than to give someone something they value. Ideally, this would be done with no intent other than to serve; it is about establishing a relationship entirely apart from a transaction. Depending on the circumstances, this could range from a sincere compliment, to sharing an idea or information or an appropriate gift.

Such kindness, without any ulterior motive or expectation, can incline people toward trust and engender a desire to reciprocate.

Five Steps to Mentoring

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 8:50am -- Beth Flynn
  1. "Establishing a Relationship
  2. Negotiating Expectations of Each Other
  3. Targeting Needs
  4. Career Development
  5. Sustaining the Relationship (p. 129-132)."

From: Tkatchov, O., & Tkatchov, M. (2020). Proactive professional learning: creating conditions for individual and organizational improvement. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.


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