Free Minds At Work

with Cay Villars

04/22/13

Three steps for overcoming anger and frustration in others

Imagine this nightmare scenario: You show up at a meeting where you’re the speaker and you suddenly realize only half the group received the memo about who you are and the purpose of the meeting. The only notice most received was “this is a mandatory meeting,” and it is 6:30 p.m. on a Monday Night Football night, no less. Needless to say, at least 10 of the 20 people are upset. How would you change this anger and frustration (fear) in order to free minds and have a productive meeting?

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02/04/13

Changing frustration to inspiration

If you inherited an unhappy, low-morale department that had many frustrating, high-pressure, reptilian-brain-inducing jobs, what actions would you take to transform it into a more creative, fun, and free-mind work environment? One of the most head-pounding and frustrating jobs imaginable is that of a purchasing agent attempting to buy the contents of hotels for a large hotel and casino company. These highly skilled and specialized agents buy and help coordinate the installation of hundreds of millions of dollars annually in fixtures, furniture, and equipment (FF&E) to meet tight hotel construction deadlines.

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10/11/12

I’ll change if you go first

“That guy is good, but he often acts like Attila the Hun,” commented the CEO of a technology company. He was referring to the disruptive behavior of a key project lead. The question is, what can a leader do to effectively handle this situation?

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09/26/12

Beam me up to my frontal lobe

A few years ago I sat down to have lunch with Bill Linton, founder and CEO of Promega, a very successful Madison-based biotech company. In the course of our conversation, he asked me, “Have you ever read Franz Kafka’s book Metamorphosis?” Fortunately I had.

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09/26/12

High on life?

In my last blog, “Beam me up to my frontal lobe,” I mentioned self-made natural “happy drugs” (e.g., serotonin and endorphins) and how these are created via positive emotions such as joy, excitement, and happiness. You might ask, “Why should companies care?” Any company crushed under the weight of increasing insurance premiums might find value in knowing these chemicals are essential to a sense of well-being, supporting restful sleep and a well-functioning immune system.

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Cay Villars is a management consultant, executive coach, and facilitator with over 20 years of marketing, sales, and business development experience. She coaches executive teams to inspire, focus, and align high-yield behaviors to increase engagement, revenues, and profitability. She honed her skills in setting minds free and changing behavior as a volunteer coach for inmates in Wisconsin prisons.

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