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  • Your Bait is for the Fish – Not for You
    by butlertalks on July 14, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    The most recent session of the Vienna Women Business Owner Mastermind Group focused on incorporating our individual business story in the heart piece of our business websites. We invited the talented business writer Jan Whiteley to speak to the group about crafting a compelling business story. Of course our group members are all well-versed in […]

  • Warm Bodies in Seats – No Sign of Life – Now What?
    by butlertalks on June 30, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Do you know what it feels like to tread water in churning seas, to work in an environment where people are disengaged and have stopped caring for the work they are hired to do and for other people? When countless meetings bring little relief, behind-closed-doors-talks create a suspicious, unhealthily competitive environment, and the best talent is […]

  • Is there Room at Your Table?
    by butlertalks on June 29, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    If you are traveling from the United States to Germany for the first time this summer, I suggest you get comfortable with the idea that in most German restaurants and especially in Biergartens and other outdoor eateries, you will dining with strangers if there are open seats at your table. Unless you have reserved a … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Successful Negotiation in Diverse Teams
    by butlertalks on June 28, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Successful negotiation in the face of disagreement requires well-developed communication skills and you enter a whole new and bigger arena when you operate from a place of different cultural meaning making. Erin Meyer’s HBR article “Getting Si, Ja, Oui, Hai, and Da” highlights the intricacies of cross-cultural negotiation. […]

  • T.H.I.N.K Before You Speak
    by butlertalks on June 14, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    With the intent to keep my content relevant and fresh, I am always on the lookout for leadership inspiration in a variety of different places. This month’s musings were inspired by the acronym T.H.I.N.K. introduced to me by Pastor Beth Neubauer from Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Vienna. To pause and think before speaking is always … Continue […]

  • Next Generation of Leaders at GMU
    by butlertalks on April 10, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    It was fun presenting at the GMU Business Fraternity yesterday. We talked about Successful Transitioning from College Life to the Professional World and the challenges that the students are facing when entering the job market and first leadership positions. The three strategies suggested are: 1. Don’t be disruptive – be an effective disrupter […]

  • Reframe That Thought
    by butlertalks on February 28, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    The news seems inundated with messages of doom and gloom, negative rhetoric and finger pointing. CNN recently claimed that a large number of Americans were suffering from post-election stress trauma on both sides of the political spectrum. If you feel the weight of world coming down on you, bring some light back into your life … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Listening for Understanding
    by butlertalks on February 11, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    During a recent workshop around the topic of Cultivating Organizational Well-Being: Good for Your Business, I had the pleasure of talking to an engaged group of professionals about the skills involved with Listening for Understanding. The quick takeaways are: Listening to learn more Ask non-leading, open-ended questions. Use “how” and […]

  • 5 Steps to Rebuild Compromised Relationships at Work and at Home
    by butlertalks on January 17, 2017 at 1:07 am

    How to Engage in CareFrontation or Radical Candor Conversations Does this sound or feel familiar? Ducking for cover when you see THAT person walk down the hallway Found yourself in endless  complaint loops about THAT person to others, which don’t change anything and just reinforce the unpleasantness of the situation Sweaty palms and flushed […]

  • Successful Millennial Integration at Work – What does that look like in your organization?
    by butlertalks on September 11, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Millennials seem to have a pretty bad reputation with many employers if one is to believe leading articles in mainstream media. Disloyal attention-hounds, short attention span, narcissistic, want a lot and offer little, etc. This does not reflect my experience working with young managers at all and a Millennial Study by IBM suggests […]