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Nine Signs Your Co-Workers are Creating a Toxic Culture

We often link toxic work cultures to a few toxic employees within an organization. The reality is that the environment and culture of the organization must be already damaged for these people to have a dominating and lasting effect. Corrupt colleagues can make life miserable for the entire workforce.

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Six signs your co-workers are toxic and three effective ways of responding

Research indicates the single most important factor in team success or failure is the quality of relationships on the team. One toxic team member is all it takes to destroy a high-performing team.

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Yes, Your Boss Can Give You PTSD!

The reality of workplace bullying, abuse, and harassment is becoming accepted because of the #MeToo movement. The psychological harm trauma causes someone at work is being recognized, but it remains rare for the damage to be acknowledged as PTSD. 

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Twelve Signs Your Workplace is Toxic and Five Ways It's Impacting Your Health

Toxic environments, at their core, are ineffective and destructive to employees. When supervisors and coworkers routinely mistreat each other and act in self-serving ways without considering what’s best for the larger group’s success, the culture of the organization becomes dysfunctional, and employees become cynical.

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The top 8 signs you have burnout and how it's impacting your health

Burnout is the impact of too much stress over a long period. Working excessive overtime also increases the risk of burnout. The symptoms are irritability, fatigue, mood swings, and decreased work performance.

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Is Your Workplace Healthy? Is it Authoritarian or Collaborative?

Authoritarian organizations develop cultures that tend to blame problems on individuals, and task accomplishment becomes a secondary priority. Exercising power and control within the organization means productivity and profits generally suffer.

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Have you becoming desensitized to workplace abuse and how to identify the signs?

Workplaces become abusive when employees are denied basic human needs, dignity, and respect—when they don’t receive the validation, information, encouragement, and communication they need from management or coworkers. Employees become resigned to being mistreated because they’re surrounded by abusive behavior daily and have no way to change the situation. Most employees fail to recognize and acknowledge workplace abuse simply because it becomes the norm.

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Preparing employees to respond to traumatic incidents

Organizations can help prepare leaders and employees to respond to traumatic incidents to help reduce the potential negative effect on their own mental health.

Employers cannot guarantee that employees will never be exposed to trauma in the workplace. However, they can take action to help prevent the most debilitating effects of exposure to trauma by adequately preparing employees. Preparation includes both the ability to respond in the moment and access to the necessary coping strategies and social support after the incident.

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PTSD Treatment Categories

This blog post explores the most common PTSD treatment categories. I'll cover:

  • Coping and Supportive Management Treatments
  • Strengthening and Tone Work Treatments
  • Healing and Resolution Treatments
  • Medication-Assisted Treatments
  • Rebuilding and Establishing a Meaningful Life
  • Technology-Assisted Treatments
  • Bottom-Up Treatments
  • Dual Focus Treatments
  • Mixed Approach Treatments

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PTSD Myths. Separating Fact from Fiction.

PTSD is often misunderstood because PTSD survivors typically resist telling their friends or loved ones about their diagnosis because they are afraid they will be viewed as dangerous or unstable. PTSD survivors may resist treatment because they believe the best way to fight PTSD is to remain “mentally strong.” PTSD myths deter many PTSD survivors from seeking professional help. Let's explore these myths in more detail.

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The 3 Stages of Trauma and PTSD Recovery

Moving on past trauma, for many people, can feel like it will take a lifetime. For this reason, many people drop out of therapy and give up.  Trauma recovery takes time, and it’s a process we can’t rush. We have to take baby steps and allow ourselves to grieve the trauma. I’ll walk you through the three stages of trauma and PTSD recovery and leave you with a few final thoughts that may help you find your path to recovery.

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Bullying puts you at risk of developing PTSD

The damage to the recipient's mental health and wellbeing from bullying can be significant. A recent study found that those on the receiving end of bullying often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is already recognized that PTSD can be caused by experiences that are outside the extremes of life-threatening situations. Many people are suffering from PTSD as a result of various forms of personal abuse, particularly domestic violence, sexual assault, workplace bullying, and sexual abuse. PTSD may have been caused by a single traumatic incident, or events stretching over many years.

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Understanding Memory-Based Flashbacks and Emotional PTSD Flashbacks

Posttraumatic stress disorder flashbacks are like a memory, or part of a memory, that feels like it's happening right now. So if you have experienced trauma and have PTSD, you may have times when it feels like you are reliving the trauma. This can be very scary as the person having the flashback may not be able to connect with the present moment and feel like the trauma is happening in that present moment.

There are two types of flashbacks that people with PTSD often experience: (1) a memory-based flashback, and (2) an emotional flashback. Let's explore the characteristics of both types of flashbacks.

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Could your job be putting your health at risk?

More than eight in 10 Americans are stressed about their jobs. Occupational stress is so common that it's become accepted as a fact of life. Unfortunately work stress has serious health consequences. Chronic stress has been linked with negative health issues, including poor sleep quality, depression, weight gain and an increased risk of developing a number of chronic diseases. 

Feeling trapped in a workplace can increase your risk for coronary heart disease, a leading cause of death in the U.S. In a two-part Finnish study conducted between 1985 and 1990, researchers surveyed more than 6,000 male British government workers about how fair, or unfair, they perceived their employers. Participants who reported a high level of justice at work were 30% less likely to develop coronary heart disease than workers who consistently experienced injustice at work.

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Five Steps to achieve a successful and rewarding career transition

It is estimated that the average person will change careers five to seven times in their working life and that approximately 30 percent of the workforce will change jobs every 12 months. But how do people manage to do this? In some cases, they seek the help of a Transitional Career Coach.

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How to Hire a Competent Coach—What does the research say?


The Harvard Business Review (HBR) surveyed 140 coaches and invited five expert coaches to comment on the findings. Industry experts and coaches felt that the standards need to be raised in various areas for the coaching industry. In other words, coaching is in the process of maturing, and coaching has not fully arrived as a discipline. Experts in the HBR survey generally agree that the reasons individuals engage coaches have changed. 

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Take Coaching Notes Effectively Using the S.O.A.P. Method

The notes you take while working with clients determine the quality of care your clients receive. Having records that are comprehensive, concise, informative, and easy for other professionals to use is a critical skill for coaches to master.

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Ten critical considerations when giving and receiving feedback

A gold rule of coaching is identifying and sharing "what is so" and zeroing on the client’s "truth". Coaches don't confront clients, question their integrity, or inform them they are wrong.

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Feelings are valuable sources of information but don’t let them run your life.

Emotions function to give information to the individual experiencing them about their interactions in the world.

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Ask Yourself Powerful Questions and Promote Extreme Insight

Coaching helps you avoid problems by providing space to think and be more intentional about your goals and actions. Moreover, coaching is especially helpful for clarifying where you want to go.

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A Quick Start Coaching Guide for Grieving and Mourning Clients

Grief is our natural response and private reaction to loss, and there is nothing unhealthy or problematic about the act of grieving . 

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10 Ways Strategic Alliances Benefit Coaches

A strategic alliance is formed when two or more businesses join forces to achieve a mutual benefit. The idea is to help both businesses share knowledge, pool resources, and add profit to their bottom lines.

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Six signs your co-workers are toxic and three effective ways of responding

Research indicates the single most important factor in team success or failure is the quality of relationships on the team. One toxic team member is all it takes to destroy a high-performing team.

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Seven Steps For Uncovering Your Core Values

This blog post provides step-by-step instructions on how to discover your core values and to use personal values in meaningful ways.

Working as a life coach, I have observed that individuals experience greater fulfillment when they live in alignment with their core values. On the flip side, when we don’t honor our values, our mental, emotional, and physical state suffers.

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3-Core Benefits of Mindfulness on Your Health and Wellbeing

Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment. Mindfulness is now being examined scientifically and is a key element in stress reduction and overall happiness.

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Ten Signs You're Emotionally Exhausted and What to Do About It

Emotional exhaustion can arise when someone experiences a period of excessive stress in their work or personal life. When people experience emotional exhaustion, it can make them feel emotionally drained, overwhelmed, and fatigued. These feelings tend to build up over a long period, though people may not notice the early warning signs.

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Six Stages to Achieve Lasting Change

People who take action and fail in the next month are twice as likely to succeed over the next six months than those who don’t take any action at all.

The transtheoretical model of behavior change is an integrative theory that assesses how ready you are to act on a new healthier behavior or a life change. This model provides strategies to guide the individual through the process of change.

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Mindfulness 101— 5 Easy Mindfulness Activities

Mindfulness is the essential human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Here are four mindfulness exercises you can try and an easy way to meditate.

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How do life coaches work with grieving clients?

Grief is our natural response and private reaction to loss, and there is nothing unhealthy or problematic about the act of grieving (Worden, 2008). Grief is the feeling of wishing things would have ended differently, better, or less painfully. Mourning is the process we go through to adapt to our loss.

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What is Gestalt Coaching?

Gestalt Coaching does not label or view a client as fraught with dysfunctions. Instead, Gestalt Coaches engage the client in a process that guides them to the realization that all their experiences, both healthy and less than healthy, are reactions in response to the world around them. 

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The Characteristics of an Effective and Competent Coach

A coach is not a consultant. They will not do the work for you. They are there to keep you focused on the end result and remind you why achieving your goals is essential. Coaches motivate you to keep your commitments and act as a sounding board and, when needed, hold a mirror in front of you, highlighting your personal blind spots.

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How is Coaching Different from Therapy, Mentoring, and Consulting?

The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

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Balance in your life is a critical for a happy and successful life

Taking a close look at the balance in your life is a critical element of a happy and successful life. You can't do it all, and if you try to do it all, you will either burn out, let other areas of your life suffer, or not excel at anything in your life. We only have so much energy to give, and that supply will be rapidly exhausted without carefully assessing balance.

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An Empowering System for Defining Clear and Effective Goals

SMART is a mnemonic acronym that can be applied to goals in a way that makes it easier to tackle and dates back to a November 1981 publication in an issue of "Management Review", penned by George T. Doran, which addressed SMART goal setting when referring to business management's objectives. SMART goals are goals that are specific, meaningful, achievable, relevant and time-bound. 

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