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Marlene Chism

Marlene Chism is a consultant, international speaker and the author of "Stop Workplace Drama" (Wiley 2011) and "No-Drama Leadership" (Bibliomotion 2015). Visit her at and, and connect via LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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Performance conversations
Performance conversations

Performance conversations can go wrong. Here's how you may be inadvertently creating problems as a manager.

Good agreements create good boss-employee relationships. Set the expectations about moving the trainee-trainer relationship forward.

How to keep coaching focused on what matters.

Back-and-forth argument isn't leadership. Even if you are right, you have to give up the need to be right.

When leaders fix problems, they unintentionally teach employees to adopt a victim mentality.

Curiosity is a tool that can work for you or against you. The key is to understand how to use curiosity to your advantage.

To become a better leader (either of yourself or for others), you must learn how to live from an empowered state. Here’s how.


To become a better leader, you don't need permission or a classroom. You just need awareness and the commitment to specific improvement.

Becoming a leader means reassessing your habits. Here are three habits to eliminate before you start your leadership journey.

Listening is not necessarily about agreeing. Listening is about acknowledging the emotion so that the other person feels understood.