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Banish Worry Now! Your Wellness Depends On it!

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 04:02 PM

If I had my life to live over, I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I'd have fewer imaginary ones. - Don Herold
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Tags: stress, speaker, wellness, leadership, inspiration

Effective Leadership: the Closed Door Policy

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, May 14, 2014 @ 02:31 PM

Recently, I was a motivational speaker for a group of financial leaders.  The group unanimously agreed that open door policies are death to personal productivity.

One manager actually has a sign that says, my open door policy is closed.

These financial leaders have grown tired of trying to solve everyone's problems. Never does a day go by where the revolving open door isn't constantly dragging problems to a leaders feet. Personal productivity plummets when you are constantly distracted.

When you have an open door policy people can take advantage of it and get used to not solving problems on there own.

An open door policy suggests come to me with any questions and challenges and I will help. This was reasonable 30 years ago where fear and intimidation made people afraid to speak up.

Today, not only are we encouraged to speak our mind but we are given the social media tools to broadcast our thoughts all over the world.

In some workplaces people are still afraid to ask questions but today it is so much easier to find answers.

Open door policies work if people are still encouraged and empowered to think through and solve problems. Miscommunication happens when people don't know the right solutions and then don't know they don't know.

Leadership: Is your door open or closed?

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Tags: leadership, motivational speaker for financial leaders, closed door policy

Why Women Make Better Business Leaders

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Mar 08, 2013 @ 02:13 PM

Career choices for women used to be limited; now women can do pretty much any job that men can. Why then are only 12 of the fortune 500 companies run by women?

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Tags: leadership, inspirational speaker for womens events, Women make better business leaders

4 Tips to Lead Employees Older Than You

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 @ 02:23 PM

When I was a generational leadership speaker for a health care facility, I found that 45% of the leadership was Generation X and Y. That meant that over 50% of their subordinates were older than them. Many young, savvy career oriented professionals today find themselves leading older generations. Age dictates a lot about who we are and the decisions we make. Real differences exist across generations in our values and work preferences.

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Tags: leadership, leadership speaker, Generational speaker for healthcare facility

How Leadership Can Create a Fun at Work Newsletter

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 @ 03:31 PM

During a leadership workshop we discussed how leadership spends too much time planning for fun instead of actually having it.

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Tags: fun at work, leadership, inspiration, Humor in the workplace, leadership workshop

Motivational Speaker Rants about Negative People

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 @ 05:41 PM

Negative people annoy me. If your going to be cranky than it's your choice but don't infect everyone around you with your sour disposition.

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Tags: motivational speaker, keynote speaker, funny speaker, leadership

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