Leadership Responsibility

Leadership ResponsibilityIf you’re part of a large organization, chances are you were required to complete an annual data security eLearning program from your company’s LMS in the last month. I went through one myself last week, and paused when I read the question “Whose responsibility is data security?” The answers were: a) the IT team, b) the IT team and front desk security guard, c) management or d) every employee. The answer is obviously every employee, but that got me thinking about what

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Resolutions ImageWhether you call it a resolution or a goal, it’s all the same thing. We’re all looking for that one thing we want to do differently in 2018 to make it our best year yet. The vast majority of personal New Year’s Resolutions involve becoming more healthy (eat less, work out more, etc). When we think about health, we think about the things that are easily measured: pounds, inches, calories, grams of sugar, blood sugar, and cholesterol. Rarely do we measure our

gas pump handle

gas pump handleThe only thing more constant than change in this world is how much people hate change. Regardless of how well researched the change is or how much it will benefit others, people will naturally resist giving up what is comfortable and familiar. A great example of our illogical resistance to change became headline news this week when new gas pumping laws took effect in Oregon. Even though residents of 48 other states are capable of (and perhaps prefer)

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December 22, 2017

Fixing Your Sunday Blues

Sunday blues imageIf you’re like 76% of the population, when Sunday evening rolls around you begin to experience a sense of dread. Sadness, anxiety, and even hopelessness dominates your once relaxing weekend. This pervasive problem eats away at the precious time we reserve for relaxing, enjoying family, and refreshing our batteries. But to fix the problem, we must diagnose it first. Not all Sunday Blues are created equal. You hate your job. The first, and easiest trigger to identify is pure job

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December 14, 2017

Pursuing Apricot Pie

Apricot Pie imageIn the book, Leading with Vision, the authors shared a story that has been stuck in my mind for weeks. Co-author Simon Vetter tells the story of how, when he was 12 years old, he played soccer every week with his friends. He loved playing soccer and would often play until the sun went down. But on Wednesdays, no matter what the score was, he left his friends on the field promptly at 6pm and sprinted home. There was

holiday party

holiday partyLove it or hate it, the company holiday party is just around the corner. Human Resource Managers are simultaneously trying to plan the party, handle end-of-year compensation/performance review talks, tie up loose ends from open enrollment and saying a little prayer your employees will conduct themselves professionally at this social event. Of course, HR will send out a list of guidelines for proper behavior, but don’t make HR be the heavy on this one. You may assume your employees know how to

Last week, as I sent out personal thank you messages to each of my team members for their hard work this year, I started thinking about exactly what I was thankful for. Realistically, not every team member is a top performer. But that doesn’t mean they don’t serve a necessary purpose and make a positive impact on the team. Each person contributes something unique that should be acknowledged and appreciated. These are the key team members I’m thankful for this year:

Businessmen in conflict
November 14, 2017

Leaning Into Conflict

Businessmen in conflictThe word conflict implicitly carries a negative connotation. When we think of conflict, we often have a physical as well as emotional response. Heart rate, breathing, and perspiration increase while our fight or flight response engages. Certainly, approaching conflict as an all-or-none equation by either reacting aggressively (fight) or avoiding the conflict entirely (flight) results in a net-negative. There is value, however, in embracing conflict. Through conflict, we challenge assumptions, establish priorities, identify weaknesses, and generate ideas. We should be open

Fourth quarter is well underway and as you prepare for annual reviews, budget setting, and forecasts, it’s also time to reflect on where you spent time this year. How much of your time did you spend putting out fires and chasing solutions to problems? How much time did you spend making strategic moves that will pay dividends for years to come? How often did you devote time to mindfulness and reflection? Lastly, how much of your time did you spend building new

Image of diverse team

Image of diverse teamAs today’s workplace becomes more complex, the challenges we experience are more demanding and novel than ever before. To overcome these unique circumstances, it is now critically important that leaders make diversity a number one priority when creating teams. Diversity comes in all shapes and forms from age, race, culture, and gender identification to experience and skill level. But the one form of diversity that is often overlooked is psychological diversity. A team that thinks, behaves, and acts the

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