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Emotions in the Workplace? Oh My!

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Ethan Schutz
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How does your organization deal with emotions? Are they acknowledged? Or, as in many organizations, are they something to “leave at the door” because they have no place at work? For most of us, we have been conditioned, directly or indirectly, to view emotions as incompatible with work. We are expected to be “professional”—meaning “without … Continued

Leadership Development at Nationally Recognized Cancer Center

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TSC Team
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When organizations harness the power of The Human Element, the results speak for themselves. We’re honored to share a success story from a top Cancer Center that, along with Master Licensed Human Element Practitioner™ Ethan Schutz, used our methodology as the basis for a successful executive development program. Organization – Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in … Continued

We Don’t Get No Respect

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Ethan Schutz
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Respect. It’s a word we hear all the time. It seems like the most basic and obvious of things that we want from one another. And yet, in my experience in communication training, it is used often as either an imprecise demand or as a way to admonish people when they don’t treat us the … Continued

It’s Like Riding a Bike! Implementing Real, Meaningful Corporate Culture Change

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Ethan Schutz
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Wouldn’t it be great if we all just got along at work? Many of us feel that working with other people can be unnecessarily fraught at times. And, we would like it if everyone we worked with were fun, easy to get along with, flexible, creative, energetic, and positive. Building a work culture like this … Continued

The 9 Defining Characteristics of the Ideal Organization

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Ethan Schutz
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Sometimes when I’m talking with someone about The Human Element and the work we do, a listener will ask what it means to create the Ideal Organization – our stated goal. After all, they often add, Ideal is a subjective term. It can mean anything you want it to mean. If we commit to going … Continued

The World is a Lonely Place

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Ethan Schutz
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We spend a great deal of our lives at work. When we feel connected to other people, fully alive, and joyful work is a pleasant and satisfying place to be. But, when we feel disconnected, separated, or even excluded it becomes a very negative experience. Building relationships and connection results in more satisfying experiences, and … Continued

Bootstrapping It: Using My Own Work to Write My Own TEDx Talk

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Ethan Schutz
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Pull oneself up by one’s bootstraps: (idiomatic) To succeed only on one’s own effort or abilities. I was very surprised when my application to give a TEDx talk was accepted. There were 68 applications and only five open speaker slots, so I reasoned that something about my topic resonated. After speaking with a few people … Continued

Concordant Decision Making

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Robert McNeil
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“Will Schutz taught me one of the most useful techniques I have ever learned. As I drove home from the workshop, I wondered if I would ever use it. The very next week I saw my opportunity and have been forever grateful.” – Robert McNeil, Licensed Human Element Practitioner, Spring City, PA The technique to … Continued

Disruption Is A Good Thing

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Ethan Schutz
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“I feel disrupted, in a very positive way.” It was the ending of one of our Human Element programs, and this participant looked around satisfied and thanked everyone for their assistance on his journey. And then it occurred to me, disruption is exactly what we’re offering—of people, humans, and the way we are with each … Continued

Hearing Isn’t The Same As Agreeing

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Ethan Schutz
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An Essential Skill From Radical Collaboration® “I don’t think you’re hearing me,” she said. “Yes I am, but you didn’t get my point,” I said quickly. She was right, I really hadn’t heard her. Collaborative skills are crucial to any modern business team. If we compete with one another, it is very difficult to solve … Continued