Makarios Consulting Blog

Leadership Skills: Random vs. Purposeful

Most of us learn to lead in a very random fashion. We learn from the people around us in our careers, and we generally have little or no control over the great majority of people we are exposed to in our work. If we are lucky enough to work with strong, effective leaders, we learn … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Random vs. Purposeful

Analysis Paralysis: How Insecurity Hampers Productivity

Have you ever worked for an organization whose culture is burdened by “analysis paralysis”? Where every task is met with requests for additional research to justify the initiative to someone further up the chain?  Deadlines are missed, discussions are circular, and productivity grinds to a halt. The culprit just might be the HeadTrash of Insecurity. … Continue reading Analysis Paralysis: How Insecurity Hampers Productivity

Guilt Trip

One journey we’ve all gone on at one time or another in life is the guilt trip.  It’s a road to perdition that we usually travel unwillingly, driven by a friend, relative, or co-worker who manipulates our emotions so that we do their bidding.  Falling for this classic HeadTrash behavior more than once is a … Continue reading Guilt Trip

Moccasins: I’ll Try Yours On But I Don’t Like Them (Part 3/4)

The Moccasins stage of the VOMP (Ventilation, Ownership, Moccasins, Plan) model for conflict resolution comes from the old phrase “walk a mile in the other person’s moccasins.” In this step, both parties should express their understanding of and empathy for the other person’s experience and point-of-view. Keep in mind that understanding doesn’t necessarily mean agreement. … Continue reading Moccasins: I’ll Try Yours On But I Don’t Like Them (Part 3/4)

O is for Ownership: You Own Yours and I’ll Own Mine (Part 2/4)

Last week we discussed how to Ventilate, the first part of the VOMP (Ventilate, Ownership, Moccasins, Plan) method to resolve conflicts. Today we’re going to focus on part two – Ownership. Ownership means that each person in a conflict must own his or her ‘stuff.’ Simply take responsibility for your piece of the problem. If … Continue reading O is for Ownership: You Own Yours and I’ll Own Mine (Part 2/4)

Conflict Resolution: Need vs. Want (3 of 3)

In last week’s blog, we talked about the first two building blocks of conflict resolution: Thinking vs. Feeling. This week, we’re focusing on the second set: Need Vs. Want. These building blocks make up the elements of what it takes for us to work together effectively to solve workplace conflicts.  Need Vs. Want A need … Continue reading Conflict Resolution: Need vs. Want (3 of 3)