communication

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 out how to move forward through a crisis is an important act of leadership, one that can help the company come out on the other…

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US & THEM

This week in honor of Martin Luther King Jr, we’d like you to consider a change of language that can have a profound effect on you and on others.    You see, language is the fundamental way in which we come to understand and relate to the world around us. When you change your language, you influence your ability to relate to others and to build powerful connections.    This week, we’d like you to play with your language. Every…

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You Are Not Alone

We were recently facilitating a company meeting with a team of people, many of whom had worked for the company for their entire career. In the meeting, people were complaining about the challenges they faced and the hardships of the current financial environment in their industry.    They were feeling threatened, singled out, and personally beat up in this environment.   As we listened, we came to understand that this group had been together for so long and for so…

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Certainty in Your Truth vs. THE Truth

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote a post about The 5 C’s of Self – Confidence and the importance of standing in your own truth. The 5 C’s include: Conviction, Certainty, Commitment, Courage, and Connection While many of you wrote that you loved the idea of the 5 C’s, those of you who know us know that we are often saying don’t get certain, get curious. So, many of you asked what we were thinking when we included certainty in this list. And…

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Giving Thanks

Here in the United States, this is Thanksgiving week, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It’s a day that we here at Carpenter Smith Consulting use to remind us of all that we are and all that we have.     As coaches, we recognize the power of gratitude and giving thanks while moving through life. Life brings with it all kinds of things including: demands at work, managing change, dealing with challenges, facing losses, experiencing grief, as well as…

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The 5 C’s of Self-Confidence

Last week, in our post, Imposter Syndrome: You’re Not Alone, we encouraged you to watch the short TED-Ed talk, What is Imposter Syndrome and How Can You Combat It?. We hope it was helpful to learn more about this surprisingly common experience that can seriously undermine your confidence, and get in the way of success.   As a result of last week’s post, we had a lot of people asking if there is any way to bolster their confidence. Many of us have been made to believe…

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