Coping Mechanisms & Blog

Feb 14, 2014
In Daniel Burrus' book, "Flash Foresight," he refers to the dictionary definition of proactive as being: "Take charge, energetic, driven, bold, dynamic." He talks about what being proactive…
Feb 07, 2014
To shake up a group's thinking, make some role cards that describe behaviors that will help uncover other points of view. For example, cards could say: "Ask a question," or "Provide…
Jan 31, 2014
In doing a root cause analysis, try asking yourself "why" five times. Here's an example: You have an employee who is perpetually late. Here's how to get to the bottom of it so you can…
Jan 27, 2014
"...Willie Ross has engaged Cope & Associates to be our partner in the process. Cope has a great deal of experience in conducting this kind of study and will actively engage our Trustees…
Jan 24, 2014
All too often we can spend too much time solving the problem we think we have instead of the one we really have. Clients often call for "training" when it's policies and procedures…
Jan 14, 2014
When forming a steering committee or task force, the ideal number is 7-9 people. That gives you enough critical mass for robust discussion and conversation without having too many cooks…
Jan 10, 2014
Create a folder for each person who reports to you, your supervisor, or any other significant person you deal with regularly including family members, board chairs, and project managers. …
Jan 03, 2014
It sounds funny, but it’s an old physical therapy trick to save your back.  It works and saves time.  Kids love it too.  Maybe it will get them to make their own beds! 
Dec 27, 2013
There is only one of you...one person with one life that needs managing with both work and play activities included. Using two calendars puts you at risk for missing an important event…
Dec 20, 2013
Being authentic at work is as important as being yourself in your personal life. Checking your ego at the door may not be all that needs to be kept in check. For more on this topic…