Work Overload: Getting Gritty

In talking with people about the 2020 disruptions, it strikes me that we are entering a new phase where we are having to accept that our new lifestyle may be lasting longer than we anticipated. We are discovering that working from home has some distinct advantages, but its dark side reveals a danger that we may be overloaded with work and home responsibilities. Many parents, particularly those with little ones are reporting that their best work hours seem to be...

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Week 2: What to Do Now

For many of us we are entering week 2 of the Corona Virus ordeal. We spent the first week listening to tips and ideas about how to get our offices in shape, adjusting to the new normal of working from home, talking remotely with colleagues and clients and enjoying the extra time to play with our kids and pups. While our schedules may seem to be busy, I have heard from many people that there is also a great deal...

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The End of the Line for Resilience

Unfortunately, resilience does not always work for some and the unfortunate result can be the devastating impact of suicide. I was meeting recently with the senior leaders of a health care organization and the topic of conversation came around to the stress that medical professionals, particularly physicians and nurses are experiencing. These two health caregivers possess the highest rates of any profession. As disheartening as this is, two additional articles I saw recently give me some hope that we may...

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The Seasonal Change

Over the weekend, Sheila and I went through one of our classic fall rituals. The turning of the closet. This is where I help her move her summer clothes up to the upper racks of her closet while moving the winter clothes down to street level. As for me, I take my sweaters out of the cedar lined chest and move my shorts and t-shirts into their new home where they will hibernate for 6 months. It is a ritual...

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The 21st Century Career Path

I’ve been talking to my grandson Ethan these past several weeks about his career path. He’s been working in the non-profit sector and is looking to make a change. He is looking at a for-profit role and is also considering education and teaching. He’s a communication major out of college and a stint with a professional sports team would be cool as well as exploring the hospitality industry. What is so great about Ethan and his opportunities is that he...

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Where Will Your Work Be A Year from Today?

I had an advisory call with a senior leader who mentioned about one of his direct reports who was having difficulty in establishing the priorities of a key project. While this employee seemed to understand the overall goal, he kept focusing on multiple tasks at the same time and even worse, was often influenced by that last idea he heard about (the so-called recency effect). This leader hit upon a key concept of leadership development that we discuss in Strategy...

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