As holiday cards and gifts land on my desk and mass emails clog my inbox, I've been wondering how meaningful are they really. A gift is always fun to receive, but soon forgotten. It's eaten, regifted or, worse yet, contributed to the next white elephant gift exchange. Pre-printed cards with a barely scribbled signature or "thank you" are nice for a brief moment -- before they're tossed in the trash. Generic holiday posts on social media are hardly compelling, and, of course, the … [Read more...] about It’s a wrap: How smart leaders close out the year with the most valuable gift of all
As Houston begins its recovery from the devastating effects of hurricane Harvey, I can't help but look for the leadership lessons in the experience. Not unlike a crisis situation or change initiative at work, the collective nervous system is shot, people are reactive, anxious, and, for people like me, who were minimally affected, perhaps even feel guilty. Let's not forget the weight gain from days of eating chocolate, potato chips and other comforting foods while trapped inside for … [Read more...] about Why It Takes A Hurricane To Uncover Your Potential: Lessons Learned From The Eye of Harvey
An exclusive interview with Warren Lee Holleman PhD, Professor of Behavioral Science and Director of the Faculty Health & Well-Being Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center You’re working hard, giving your all. You might even feel depleted or defeated. At times you wonder, is it all worth it? You ask yourself, “why am I making so many sacrifices to meet other’s needs?" "Is it worth the toll on my health and wellbeing to work this much?" Family and friends … [Read more...] about Your SuperPower
Is it possible employee engagement in the U.S. has increased by only 3 percentage points from 2012 to 2016? The State of the American Workforce report released February 15, 2017 offers startling data. If ever there was a strong call to action for leaders and HR professionals, here it is in black and white. According to Gallup "The U.S. - and the world at large - is in the midst of an employee engagement crisis." Something isn't working about the way we're working We've been … [Read more...] about Gallup’s State of the American Workforce Report issues a STRONG call to action. Will you heed it?
“Resilience? Oh yes, we’re very resilient.” That’s the common retort when asked if people consider themselves to be resilient. People intuitively understand the nature of resilience and are able to describe it using a number of anecdotes on perseverance, rags-to-riches stories, facing and overcoming challenges, surviving economic downturns, and others. However, people are less sure when asked if their organizations are resilient – not to mention the blank stares when asked to … [Read more...] about Measuring the Impact of Resilience in an Organization (and what companies can learn)
It’s the dog days of summer and your employees are lazy and distracted. They’re dreaming of the next vacation, bustling to get the kids ready for school, or maybe they’re burnt out because they didn’t get enough time off. It doesn't really matter what time of year it is, any season can bring distractions, stress, and low team productivity. How you manage your teams can make all the difference and help them stay fresh and focused. Here are 3 tips to get your team refocused and … [Read more...] about How to Keep Up Team Productivity (and overcome burnout)