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B I F F explained – a tool for 2021 !

With 2021 fast approaching, this can be a time to take stock and make plans. Often when I meet with a faculty or staff member...

Dealing with High Conflict Behaviors

With many challenges all around us, here is an overall strategy and one approach / tactic to navigating difficult behaviors. These ideas come from the...

Ombuds Day 2020

This Thursday, October 8th, is Ombuds Day 2020! A day to celebrate ombuds and their work to help people and organizations engage with and solve...

Essentialism – the disciplined pursuit of less

At the top of my current reading list is Greg McKeown’s bestseller “Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.” The idea of “doing less” connects...

Perspective Together

In a recent interview, Leland Melvin, engineer and a retired NASA astronaut (he served on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist) explained the...

Trust in the Workplace

When people come to the ombuds office with workplace issues, one of the prominent issues is about trust. Or rather, that trust has been “broken.”...

Building Extraordinary Teams

In my role as NC State Faculty & Staff Ombuds, I think a lot about how people work together. Workplace interactions are the focus of...

Taking Care (of yourself !)

With the heat of summer upon us and as we prepare for the next semester (just around the corner) it may feel like there is...

Staff Senate – Building Inclusive Leadership

The first Wednesday of the month, July 1st, marked the first meeting of the 2020 – 21 NC State Staff Senate. New Chair Pat Gaddy...