The Little Secret That No One Wants to Admit

Everyone feels overwhelmed and when I meet with teams and leaders I have to admit to them that their perception is correct. They are overwhelmed and if something is not done about it, the next step is burnout or worse. While much of the blame has to do with the volume of work that we all are managing, there is another little secret that its time to begin discussing. Much of the cause may be self-inflicted. We are conflicted between...

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Enjoying the Ride

I did a workshop a few weeks ago on resilience and we discussed the 4 key ways that resilience can improve your workplace: Improving personal resilience and how you address stress. How the team manages workplace overload? How the organization addresses change in the workplace? How successes and failures are addressed? This team wanted to discuss workplace overload which they all agreed they were experiencing. What was interesting about this group was that they stated that while everyone in the...

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STANDING FIRM

Later today, I’ll have the honor of introducing Bruce Kraus, the City of Pittsburgh Council President as the recipient of the 2017 STANDING FIRM Champion award. It was just a year ago that I received that honor for my work on behalf of STANDING FIRM, a non-profit organization that works with busineses to addresses the issue of partner violence and it’s impact in the workplace. Twenty-five percent of all the violence in the workplace stems from a domestic or partner...

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Are You Living Your Name?

When we picked out our new puppy a couple of years ago, we started searching for a name. As we researched, we came across Cody, which means “helper.” We both though that we could always use an assistant in our lives so our little white bundle became Cody. He’s been a pretty good at it and brings smiles to our faces. It got me thinking about my name, what it means and whether I am living the value that my...

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This Week's Resilient Learning…For Me

I conducted a new program this week for a group of professionals. Afterwards I gave myself a solid “B.” Not bad but not great. On the plus side, the program immediately engaged the audience through some good story telling, some small group participation activities, and some large group sharing. Everybody, including me, was having a good time. As I started to drill down into my content, I began to realize that I was succumbing to one of my greatest speaking...

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The Root Causes of Success

After the Viet Nam war, the children of that country’s poorer regions were suffering from malnutrition, a lack of clean water, and little health care. In a project undertaken by the Save the Children Foundation and discussed in the book, “Surfing the Edge of Chaos” Monique and Jerry Sternin moved to Hanoi to understand how this problem could be remedied. Their approach was to study families of both healthy and sick children. However, they did a root cause analysis of...

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