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Yin v. Yang in the Workplace

There are several reasons why any one of us could feel a bit out of sync with others in the workplace. This is especially true for yin leaders. What’s a yin leader? A yin leader is someone who doesn’t fit the Western extroverted stereotype of leadership, but who leverages an alternative set of competencies and natural talent patterns to lead in a different way. For yin leaders, their more introverted temperament is often under-appreciated in the office. Most of us, including these introverts themselves, have been fed a fairly steady diet of extroversion as synonymous with leadership. We have equated
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What’s Entropy Costing You?

This article appeared originally in the Price Associates ezine. As I’ve written elsewhere, the universe has certain inviolable laws.  One of those laws is entropy, the way that things left to themselves naturally deteriorate.  We can pretend that these principles don’t apply to our team or organization, “not us.”  We can ignore the clear evidence, “what problems?”  Or we can open our eyes to the reality of this foe, face it squarely and create clear strategies to work against its influence. We often are unwilling to address chronic problems in our environments until the pain speaks louder.  When it hurts
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Diversity and Workplace Conflict

We humans are incredibly diverse as a species. Our differences exist on so many different levels, they are hard to meaningfully enumerate. These differences, diversity, are what makes life interesting and challenging. On our worst days in our exasperation, we say to ourselves, “Why can’t she be more like me?” We breathe a silent request for greater similarity and uniformity. I speak and write often on the subject of interpersonal conflict (its nature, development, prevention and resolution) in the workplace. By far, the most frequent answer I receive to the question, “What causes conflict?” is this idea of differences or
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Devaluing Others in Conflict

Posted previously at Price Associates I’ve written previously in Pushing Back Entropy about my personal contention that devaluation of others always precedes conflict in the form of direct or indirect attack.  Listening to Ron Price explain axiology this morning, that process became a bit clearer for me.  So adding to what I’ve said previously, let me try to explain the process of moving toward conflict through the lens of axiology. Axiology, the brain child of Robert Hartman, forms a significant piece of the TTI TrimetrixHD™ assessment that we use with clients.  Axiology is a way of objectifying value, the goodness
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