2021: A Call for Resilience

John Bennett/ January 5, 2021/ Change, Organization Development/ 1 comments

Without a doubt, 2020 was the most challenging year for most of us. We witnessed a global health pandemic resulting in quarantines, hospitalizations, health resource shortages, deaths, record-speed development and deployment of vaccines, polarizing elections, racial injustices, economic highs and lows, unemployment rise, businesses shuttered, education systems pivoting to provide remote teaching and learning … I could go on, and

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Navigating Difficult Conversations Around the Table

John Bennett/ November 22, 2020/ Change, Development/ 0 comments

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I remember with fondness the gatherings around my grandmother’s table for a home-cooked meal that expressed her love for us. I remember conversations and time spent together with extended family and friends. I’ve continued this tradition with my own family, and we often have 12-18 people join us for dinner and “fellowship”, as my father

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Networking at a Virtual Conference? Absolutely!

John Bennett/ September 21, 2020/ Development, Networking/ 0 comments

At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, I wrote the blog 13 Tips to Build a Strong Network without comprehending how much of our future daily lives would involve physical distancing. Since then, approximately 200,000 people in the USA have died from the virus and nearly every person in the world has been impacted. While precautions have been implemented to reduce the spread of the virus by physically

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Powerful Lessons and Impactful Shifts for Coaches

John Bennett/ September 13, 2020/ Change, Development, Executive Coaching, Leadership, Teaching/ 0 comments

Are you paying attention to what’s happening? Through my own work with coaching clients, and with students who are developing a coaching mindset and skillset, I’ve noticed some reflections that, when explored and reframed, can lead to powerful lessons and impactful shifts. Whether you are an experienced, professional coach or a manager-coach, paying attention to your thoughts and reactions has the ultimate potential for new insights and further development. Below is a chart

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The Five Business Languages

John Bennett/ April 16, 2020/ Development, Leadership/ 2 comments

On a recent business trip to Germany and Austria, I was reminded of how difficult it can be to communicate when you don’t speak the same language. Even the otherwise simple tasks of ordering a meal, asking for directions, and shopping can be complicated. This experience prompted me to think about how difficult it can be to communicate in business

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Networking is Friend-Making

John Bennett/ February 28, 2020/ Development, Leadership/ 0 comments

Imagine the complexity of a highway…all of the roads that feed into it, as well as the roads that the single highway feeds. That same complexity is true for bus systems, subways, and air traffic systems. Beyond transportation, there are countless other examples of these complex systems — healthcare, food, water, electricity, information (the internet) and even diseases. Not only does each part play an important role, it is also related in one

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