Author Archives: Denise Moreland

About Denise Moreland

The dynamics between employees and managers are fascinating, and often dysfunctional. I have spent my career trying to create healthy and engaging relationships. My book, Management Culture (Two Harbors Press, 2012), identifies outdated rules and patterns, and offers fresh ideas on how we can all improve our work places. Learn more and purchase Management Culture at mgmtculture.com. Through my business, LifeGuides, I provide life coaching, facilitation and public speaking services. Please follow me on: Facebook Linkedin Twitter

My Privilege

I was not born privileged. Both of my parents were poor and worked hard to overcome it. Mom was the first of her 9 siblings to graduate high school. Dad went further, investing in 6 more years of training to … Continue reading

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Institutional Racism

I long for the stability I felt before a virus ravaged the physical and financial health of our planet. I long for the sense of order I felt before violence erupted our cities in response to the murder of George … Continue reading

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Optimist and Pessimists

We have been led to believe that pessimists see half-glasses as “half-empty” while optimists see them as “half-full.” This is wrong on several levels. First, it is backwards. Optimists, the supposed “half-full” people, do not tend to focus on what … Continue reading

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Calling All Cynics

When the systems that we work (and live) within fail us, and leaders engage in conduct which is, at best misguided, or at worst, corrupt, we have choices on how to respond.  We can become perpetually fearful, focused on whether … Continue reading

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Safety First

Great leaders inspire us, engage us and show us a glimpse of a better future. Great managers create structures and processes that are logical, smooth and efficient, making us feel connected to a larger purpose. The magic that makes leaders … Continue reading

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Darkness and Light

In this season of increased darkness, we are drawn to reflect on the interplay between darkness and light. We celebrate the solstice and many seasonal holidays as our hemisphere shifts once again toward the sun, bringing more light to our … Continue reading

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Accountability

We live in a fashion-driven culture that impacts every sector of our lives. What was trending last year (or yesterday!) is soon considered passé. Fashion changes are most noticeable in clothing, technology, language, music, and, for me, glasses. Just when … Continue reading

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You’re Welcome!

“Thank you.” “You’re welcome.” When you have this exchange, you are probably talking with a baby-boomer or traditionalist. “You’re welcome” is a lovely response of hospitality and generosity. “Thank you.” “No Problem.” Now, you are likely talking with a Gen-Xer. … Continue reading

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‘atta Girl!

When I was growing up in the 1960s, women were routinely referred to as “girls.” The woman’s movement of the 70s and 80s changed the culture so that it became the norm in professional settings and in the media, and … Continue reading

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Weaponized Language

Have you noticed in recent years that our everyday language has become weaponized? We have replaced “tools” and “toolkits” with “weapons” and “arsenals.” To respond to a crisis, we now have “SWAT teams” who meet in “war rooms.” When we … Continue reading

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