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Mary Bradbury Jones

Mary Bradbury Jones is a Training and Organizational Development expert who has spent over 25 years helping individuals and organizations learn, grow and develop. Mary has a Masters in Human Resources Development and a graduate certificate in Organizational Development. She has worked in a variety of industries - Retail, Hospitality, Financial, and Academia -working one on one with organizations to help them implement learning and development initiatives, develop leaders, execute change, and build learning organizations. Prior to coming to PCC, Mary was the Dean of the School of Business at Marylhurst University where she remains a faculty member. She teaches classes in management, leadership, and organizational behavior.

Recent Posts

7 Reasons Managers Need to Make Employee Skill Development a Priority

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on May 23, 2017

Does your company invest in professional development for its employees? Have you thought about it? Maybe you should. Investing in the professional growth of your employees has many benefits that more than justify any associated costs. In this post we’ll look at the seven different reasons managers should make employee skill development a priority.

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Topics: Professional Development, Small Business, HR & Organizational Effectiveness

How to Effectively Manage Political Conversations in Your Workplace

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on May 18, 2017

As political polarization has gotten steadily worse over the last few election cycles, so too has political tension in the workplace. In the close quarters of a work environment, political differences, especially when combined with the pressures of work, have the potential to get out of control. Fewer than a quarter of employers have formal, written policies on political conversations in the workplace. So, it’s important to have an understanding of the management skills that can help you handle these conversations before they escalate into heated debates. We’ve put together some management communication tips to help you do that.

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Topics: Professional Development, Communications, Leadership, Management

How to Proactively Identify and Remedy the Most Common Workplace Pressures

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on May 16, 2017

Considering the average person spends over 70 percent of their time in the workplace, experiencing consistent stress at the place of employment can lead to gradual unhappiness and seep into other parts of one’s life. In this article, we will explore how to identify workplace pressures and cope with workplace stress.

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Topics: Professional Development, Management

The Difference Between Managers and Coaches

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on April 18, 2017

Being on a high performance team feels great. Everybody wants to succeed and feel like they bring value to a job. Most would agree the characteristics of a team’s leader determine, in large part, whether or not the team functions and performs well. Leaders who know how to coach rather than just manage have an advantage and will find developing high performance teams easier.

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Topics: Professional Development, Management

5 Ways You Can Take Control Over Your Career Path and Get Unstuck

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on February 23, 2017

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a working professional, you might find yourself feeling stuck when it comes to your career. Perhaps you’ve become complacent at your current level of achievement; you aren’t advancing, and you aren’t honing the skills you have or picking up new ones because there’s neither the requirement nor challenge to do so. If your professional development has plateaued, then it’s time to follow in the footsteps of the most successful professionals and entrepreneurs and take control of your career path. Today’s post discusses five important methods you can use to start doing so.

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Topics: Professional Development

Grow Your Business Knowledge by Following these Online Resources in 2017

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on February 15, 2017

One of the biggest perks of the digital age is quick and easy access to knowledge that can help your small business grow. These resources are often free, giving you an affordable education in topics from marketing and contracting, to creating business credit.

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Topics: Professional Development

Tips for Becoming a Better Decision Maker in Business and in Life

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on February 02, 2017

Making sound decisions throughout life and business is an acquired skill. Much like picking up a new language or training in a sport, your business will run more efficiently if you know when to hold a meeting, which vendor to go with, or if it’s worth spending the money on improving a certain process.

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Topics: Professional Development

5 Plays Every Manager Should Be Running When Coaching Employees

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on January 24, 2017

When managing a team, the players (employees) look to their coach (manager) for leadership, guidance, and support when approaching a game or a project. To keep the team motivated and performing at its best, it’s up to the coach to draw out the skills that make each individual unique and use that to your company’s advantage. Here are some management tips when coaching employees in the workplace:

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Topics: Professional Development, Management

10 Ways Your Business Will Grow When You Train Your Team Time Management Skills

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on January 20, 2017

As the old adage goes, “time is money,” so being able to effectively manage your time is an important asset in both your personal and professional life. Especially in this day and age, there are many things competing for our attention. Think about it, how many times throughout the day do you get distracted or derailed in getting done what you set out to accomplish?

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Topics: Professional Development, Management

4 Signs That Unethical Leadership Could Be Negatively Impacting Company Success

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on January 18, 2017

There’s an old saying that “a fish rots from the head down.” Nowhere can this be truer than in the business world. From huge corporations, to small business, leadership at all levels sets the tone for any organization. If any of that leadership is unethical, it will more than likely have a trickle-down effect to the rest of the company.

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Topics: Professional Development, Leadership