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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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The Essential

The Essential

With all the talk of what is essential and what is non-essential during these challenging times, it started me thinking what the true essentials for leaders and people are.  What really – I mean really – matters?     I believe it is drawing people into you, letting them see through the barriers to the truth and then taking one collective breath together…

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Forward to Work

Forward to Work

You’re never going back to work. Regardless of your industry, temporary working conditions or even job status – you’re never going “back,” even when you return. The truth is that the world, and work, have been irreversibly changed by a global pandemic. Before you mourn the loss of the way…

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Three Ways to Think Differently About Your Current Reality

Three Ways to Think Differently About Your Current Reality

I read a post on LinkedIn recently that quickly got to the heart of what’s going on with many people who are on week seven or eight (or more) of working from home…It contained a list of surprising-but-not insights that employees have right now. Among them:   I don’t know why,…

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What’s Next: Regaining Confidence in Going “Forward” to Work

What’s Next: Regaining Confidence in Going “Forward” to Work

I got used to this… I started this work from home period referring to everyday as a “bad Saturday.” We had homemade waffles for breakfast. We wore more comfortable clothes. We had an energetic toddler running around. Yet we were stuck inside and working full days (plus some). A few…

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Human Values in the Age of COVID-19

Human Values in the Age of COVID-19

How should current & emerging human values influence the business decisions you’re making right now? The four human values of Wellness, Control, Empathy and Optimism were central motivators moving into 2020. Now, adjacent values are surfacing in response to COVID-19. How companies act now, particularly in relation to these human…

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The Compass In Video

The Compass In Video

What are your North, South, East and West that guide your actions during this time of turmoil? Inspired by this blog post, our team put together a series of videos diving into each of the four points on our compass. After watching the videos, check out the “Your Compass” tool…

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