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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...

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...

Ombuds 20:10 / Conflict Positive

The final ombuds 20, the10th in a weekly virtual meeting series (20 minutes) with the faculty and staff ombuds, started with a meditation body scan....

Ombuds 20:9 / Skilled Listening

The 9th Ombuds 20 (5/13/20) focused on the art and a little science of listening. We focused on Step 2 (Clarify Perceptions) of Dudley Weeks...

Ombuds 20:8 / Essential Steps to Conflict Resolution

Ombuds 20 continued last week (May 6th) with a Gratitude Meditation led by Katie Belusa from NC State Wellness and Recreation followed by a focus...

Ombuds 20:7 / Pros and Cons

Another Wednesday and another Ombuds 20! Twenty minutes with the ombuds to catch your breath, learn about ombuds services and receive a conflict engagement tip....

Ombuds 20:6 / Difference Analysis

With spring in full gear and summer around the corner, a typical North Carolina plan takes shape – when are we headed to the beach...

Ombuds 20:5 / Four Ways of Seeing

Twenty minutes to take a few deep breaths, learn about ombuds services for faculty and staff, and pick up a conflict engagement tip. That’s the...