Let’s Start Fighting Back!

There was a story in last weekend’s Harvard Business Review online blog stating that the discomfort you are feeling is grief. In an online meeting of several of the editors, they took a powerful few minutes to check in with each other and that is what they concluded was their shared, common experience. Each of us individually, and perhaps collectively, have asked questions that have provoked some strong emotional responses such as fear, anxiety and worry. My good friend Steve...

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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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Physical Distancing not Social Distancing

Covid-19 is all the rage and we’re all pretty much holed up at home doing what we can to get work done and minimize contact with potential sources. They just announced the first 2 cases in Pittsburgh (on the weekend) and now that testing is ramping up, we’ll soon have a better idea of the true number. One of the key messages that we’ve heard from the CDC is that we have to increase social distancing so that we don’t...

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Happiness in the Workplace?

A recent Wall Street Journal article discussed how employers are concerned about their employee happiness and are using all types of technology to evaluate and respond to the level of joy that exists in the workplace. The idea is that happier employees are more productive and, perhaps more importantly, will tend to stay at the workplace during these times of tight labor markets. Employers are using everything from software that tracks employee email and intranet comments (apparently the use of...

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Being Generative

I was talking to a friend the other day and she mentioned how much more productive she is when she starts with an idea about something rather than feeling like she has to take some kind of action. She referred to the latter as coming from a place of anxiety whereas the former comes from a place of generativity. Research suggests that we have something like 60,000 ideas go through our heads everyday but we rarely stop to pay attention...

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Wear the Mask

The modern resilience movement developed after 9/11 when government, businesses, and local communities recognized that they could not keep “black swan” events, which have a low probability of occurring but when they do, they have a meaningful impact, from happening. The latest Corona virus outbreak may be another black swan event. It seems we are watching it unfold as if it is occurring in slow motion leaving us to wonder, each day, if there is something else, we should be...

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