Wellbeing in the Workplace?

Nike announced this week that they are offering their corporate employees a week off to rest, recover and recharge. Their action is in line with other organizations such as Microsoft (added 5 wellbeing days to employee benefits) and Intel (4 weeks of sabbatical after 4 years at the company). Over the course of my career as a clinical and now organizational psychologist, I’ve watched as companies have struggled to address mental well-being. Almost everyone offers medical support such as employee...

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The Power of Choice

Deborah called me last week to tell me it worked!  Yea I thought, and then I realized I had no idea what I had told her that worked so well. In our coaching session the previous week, I suggested to her that she could consider the choices she wanted to exercise in meetings with her team. She described her leadership style as being open and collaborative and for her, that meant that she would almost always go full disclosure with...

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Failure is impossible

Susan B. Anthony spoke those words in 1902 in reference to the women’s suffrage movement and she was right.   Today, those words are often used by business leaders to motivate their teams to work tirelessly in pursuit of a workplace outcome that will drive success for the organization. Perhaps, it is time to reconsider the whole notion of “failure is impossible” by beginning to think differently about failure. I’ve been suggesting to my clients that we look at failure based...

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Stay Away from the Energy Suckers!

I’ve often shared ideas about energy management, which is a much more powerful concept than is time management. Time can’t be controlled and even worse, time typically dictates to us what we can get done. After all, there are only 24 hours, 1440 minutes or 86,400 seconds in each day and that is not going to change regardless of how we try to “manage” them. Instead, we want to think about how we use our personal energy as that is...

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Just Ask for What You Want!

We took a little jaunt over to one of our favorite gelato establishments last weekend as a little reward for some hard work. Entering the establishment, we were greeted by this sign that led us to take a deep breath and consider how we could enjoy the ambience and crowed as we waited in a line of 6 or 7 people to get our well-earned reward. Effective communication can be a powerful mitigator and regulator of stress, especially these days...

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Be the Athlete You Are

The Olympics are in our lives for the next 2 weeks and watching these incredible elite competitors reminds me of how many of us dreamed about performing on the athletic field and maybe even saw ourselves at performing at their level. Of course, 99.99% of us never even come close. What if, however, we just aspire to be the best athlete we possibly can be and how can our resilience help us achieve that objective? This past weekend I played...

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