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humanworks Gratitude Series

humanworks Gratitude Series

humanworks operates with the principle of gratitude as a foundation year-round. We believe it’s a core part of each individual’s compass – both at work and in life outside of work. This year, as we prepared for Thanksgiving, each member of the team created a short video with a new…

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Leaders, This is Your Moment of Truth

Leaders, This is Your Moment of Truth

This is your moment of truth. The Moment From a global pandemic to social unrest, our present circumstances have challenged everything from the way we connect and communicate to when and where we work. Many business leaders have been forced to decide not only what is essential, but who is…

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humanworks finds opportunity in 2020

humanworks finds opportunity in 2020

Milwaukee (Oct. 24, 2020) – Milwaukee-based start-up humanworks is celebrating first-year success after a year many would call more challenging than ever. While business leaders Shawn Gulyas, Rebecca Swanson, AJ Kruse and Sarah Marshall have been “bringing work to life and life to work” for decades, they have only been…

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It’s Time to Author Your Personal Core Values

It’s Time to Author Your Personal Core Values

Have the first nine months of 2020 brought you clarity? A leader I used to work with would often say, “clarity gives energy.” Perhaps that explains why so many people are feeling exhausted – 2020 has created more questions than answers. It’s difficult to see clearly when you’re in a…

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Prepare for Your 6-Month Reality Check

Prepare for Your 6-Month Reality Check

There’s no doubt that your organization has experienced radical change during this time of COVID-19 – It seems no industry was spared from furloughs, layoffs or reduced salaries. Leaders needed to make tough decisions that greatly impacted the lives of exiting employees along with those who remain. With leaders’ focus…

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Why Right Now is the Best Time to Revisit Your Core Values

Why Right Now is the Best Time to Revisit Your Core Values

When COVID-19 came, business leaders had to either introduce or elevate current practices around employee well-being, work from home, technology and more while navigating other challenges like layoffs and furloughs. Enter a heightened attention to racial injustice. Business leaders then had to focus their attention to employee safety, mental health,…

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The Right Thing To Say

The Right Thing To Say

It is hard to be certain in uncertain times. Sometimes it seems better to just wait versus taking any action. Shut down – shut out versus opening up – allowing in. I was interacting with a group of leaders last month where I sensed a fear to speak unless it…

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Un-Rest

Un-Rest

Among the “in” and “un” words you’ve been seeing recently are “injustice,” “inequity,” and yes, “unrest.” Here’s one more for you to consider: “uncomfortable.”   Business leaders often take pride in their ability to navigate the things that are uncomfortable for others. Leaders must learn to be skillful risk-takers. Leaders are called upon…

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The Journey from Burnout to Growth: Regaining Confidence and the Quest for Betterment

The Journey from Burnout to Growth: Regaining Confidence and the Quest for Betterment

“I feel strong and at peace.”  Could you confidently say that right now?   In experiencing COVID-19, our mindsets, cravings and behaviors shift as we navigate the quest for control (Wave 1, as shown below) and the quest for betterment (Wave 2). Wave 1 was characterized by the mindsets of threat, forage and…

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Supporting Your Organization Through People Transitions

Supporting Your Organization Through People Transitions

Searching for a new role in “normal” times can be a tough full-time job itself. Add in a pandemic that has deeply affected every industry and the economy, and the role of a job seeker can seem impossible to navigate.   We all understand that challenging times call for measures such as layoffs or reductions in hours. These…

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