The Atlas

Grow or Die - Dealing with Hostile Coworkers

The first presidential debate of the 2020 US general election presented us with an all-too-common work scenario: trying to get work done while dealing with a hostile, belligerent co-worker. While most of us don't typically face as extreme a version as we saw in the debate, the reality is that pushback surfaces constantly. Whether it's with clients, peers, partners or project teams, there are different techniques you can use, and so Lawrence and I spend this episode discussing the very tactical things we and our clients use.

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Grow or Die - Authenticity as a Business Owner

Owning your own business can be exciting. But it often brings up questions and challenges you didn't typically face as someone else's employee. One of them is what happens when you have to decide the right type of client to work with. Whether you are a consultant or a coach, the match of personalities, values, working styles and priorities can be extremely important but also enormously difficult to surface in time to make the decision before it's too late. Or, worse yet, as a business owner, can you afford to tell a client no? Join us in this episode while we explore how you stay authentic to yourself while also building a business.

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Grow or Die - Identity, Family and Trust

We have kicked off Season 2 of Grow or Die -- Join me and Lawrence while we discuss identity, family and trust. Throw in some sexism and racism, just for good measure.

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Grow or Die - #21 - Transition

How do you deal with transition? What kinds are no big deal versus which ones are a struggle? Join me and Lawrence while we discuss what goes into that process, how we struggle with it, and what things cause us to bristle against it.

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Grow or Die - #20 - Community

There is no doubt about it, right now our communities are being tested. Not only at a macro level, but also a micro level. In this episode, Lawrence and I discuss the question of being a positive contributor to our communities. This is a tough conversation, but one that touches on everything from the mask wearing debate to military service.

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Inspiring a plan

I am an inspiration junkie. I always have been. And as someone with -- at best -- a belligerent relationship with institutionalized religion, I've always sought my inspiration in work. When it's taxed me, run me over and wrung me out, I've envied moments of truly envying people who can go to work, punch a clock and leave at night to return to a family and hobbies that they can pour their passion into. I have never been able to do that.

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Grow or Die - #19 - Rebuilding Trust

How do you begin to rebuild trust once it's been damaged? Building trust originally can be tough, but rebuilding after it's been broken is ten times harder. So, where do you start?

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Temper, temper

Something many people find surprising when they meet the 40+ year old me is something that those who knew me in my 20's often still tease me about: I used to have a very short fuse and volatile temper. In my late-20's I began recognizing that my lack of emotional regulation was starting to become a real roadblock to my career, and I dug in to work on it. For nearly a decade, I put such focus on changing my own patterns of behavior that when I look back at the early part of my career, I don't recognize myself at all.

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