“Serenity Prayer” Consulting

by Shaun Kieran

  Here’s an audio about personal consulting and the Serenity Prayer: 

  The more I do this work, the more it’s clear that it’s the “wisdom to know the difference” part that’s hard – it’s where the rubber hits the road. It asks that a person notice and remember accurately (and honestly) what has happened […]

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Jackie’s Version

by Shaun Kieran

According to Jackie, he should get credit for acknowledging he could “sometimes be a bit of a player.” He was telling me this as we sat at the picnic table outside the facilities management building on the Thursday before his final day at work.  He’d resigned rather than be terminated.  Jackie has a “big” personality, […]

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Extremely Tough Workplace? Stay Focused

by Shaun Kieran

Going in, Diane knew that the workplace she was heading to was never going to win anyone’s “50 Best Places to Work” award – but she still wasn’t prepared for what she found when she arrived. Her experience doing the training and implementation of network software for warehouse systems had given her this seemingly golden […]

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“Coaching” Works at Work: An EAP Success Story

by Shaun Kieran

Here’s a good example of the way a flexible EAP (Employee Assistance Program) allows a line supervisor to get some needed “coaching” rather than just be forced out or into counseling. A few years ago, a supervisor who had just recently become the Office Manager of a very busy State bureau came to see me, […]

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Clarity About “Clarity”

by Shaun Kieran

I remember with affection a very dynamic (as in not a shrinking violet) client, in her late 30’s, I came to know when I worked as the EAP person for the State almost a decade ago. We started right out with a bang. Even though she was an instinctively good manager, she’d been a tad […]

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Your Own Personal Bench Coach Can Be A Game Changer

by Shaun Kieran

A “bench coach” is someone whose job is to think along with the manager – that’s you – look at what’s working and what’s not, brainstorm various options and best solutions, occasionally provide feedback the manager wishes wasn’t true, but is a crucial asset to anyone really trying to “get it right.” Here’s my audio […]

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The 90 for 90 offer:

by Shaun Kieran

  90 for 90 A unique problem-solving solution from Spring Point Services! Are you dealing with a personal situation at home or at work you’re not sure how to handle? Do you wish you could run it by someone – a savvy professional with years of experience successfully helping people in situations like yours? Plus, […]

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Ask Shaun: Get Those “Mom Muscles” Back

by Shaun Kieran

Shaun- I’m finally divorced from my second husband. I have a 19-year-old son from my first marriage (doing fine) and have two children from my second marriage, ages 14 and 11.  I want to say the breakup was “friendly,” because now it mostly is, but the kids have definitely seen some stuff I wish hadn’t […]

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“Choose Your Battles” Doesn’t Mean “Avoid” All Battles.

by Shaun Kieran

Last week I heard that phrase – “choose your battles” – three times in barely half a day, and all three times it was someone being supportive of a friend who’d decided not to bang heads with their adolescent. Of course, I’ve used that phrase myself, and I’m not big on confrontation just to do it, but …. […]

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Those nasty F bombs: following up

by Shaun Kieran

  I promised I’d follow up on this topic at the end of the “My ex has someone new” post. Many of us steer clear of this issue because a) we’re guilty of using foul language ourselves, and b) things have deteriorated so badly “out there” that hardly anyone wants to look hypocritical or self-righteous […]

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