It’s That Time of Year! No, Not That Time…

It probably won’t surprise anyone to find out that in a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, 57% of Americans reported that our current political landscape stressed them. And election time is right around the corner. This year’s “off-year election” doesn’t seem to hold as much angst as recent elections, but every election has enormous consequences for our nation and each of us. On November 8: U.S. Senate races will be held in one-third of all statesAll 435 members...

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You Probably Don’t Understand Workplace Culture

I facilitated a session with members of the Women’s Presidents Organization the other day with my colleague, Michael Couch. The topic of conversation was how workplace culture and leadership address the complex issues of post-pandemic recovery. Most of these business owners, as we hear from many clients, continue to deal with issues of recruitment, hybrid workplace arrangements, and creating a workplace where employees feel valued, believe in the mission, and commit to the work at hand. The discussion of culture...

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Seeing the Good

I’ve been taking a new workout class at my neighborhood gym that focuses on dynamic stretching and fits one of the five categories of fitness, which is flexibility. It’s an excellent class, taught by two different instructors who take distinctive approaches to how they lead the class. The first, who we’ll call Susan, focuses on the mind-body connection of the movement. She might say: “Feel your shoulders stretching and notice how far theycan move upwards, now move them downwards andfeel...

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Celebrate the Wins…All of Them!

This past weekend, I was at an event and ran into a few folks who thanked me for writing these Resilient Wednesdays. They shared,  “They are always so positive and help brighten my day.” “I like that you always include some practical advice that I can immediately use. I reached out to a cousin last week and reconnected with her, and she is a real cousin!” Driving home with Sheila a bit later, I told her how great it felt...

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Be My Cousin?

Last week, I attended a conference in New York where I knew not a soul. As we all entered the main hall for the opening session, I saw two men greet each other with a full-body hug. As their embrace ended, I walked by and commented, “I love seeing the love!” One of the gentlemen looked at me and said, “he is my cousin.” As we chatted, he shared that he considers everyone in the room to be his cousin...

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Loud Quitting

First, we had the “Great Resignation,” then the “Important Realignment.” Next was “Work from Home, Forever,” and now we’re onto “Quiet Quitting.” The Quiet Quitters are rather loud. People are complaining quite openly about most everything about work. Employees don’t want to return to the office. When they do, they are unhappy with their colleagues not being there. Managers are unhappy about the state of organizational clarity and not having enough information to share.  Executives are wanting to navigate a...

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