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What not to do when work gets hard

What not to do when work gets hard

This week's Two-Minute Tip addresses a classic "what not to do" scenario. Don't worry, I offer some key "what to do instead" insights as well. Like many of the tips, this one was inspired by a recent client conversation and amplified with a personal experience. It...

A better way to give employee feedback

A better way to give employee feedback

As a leader, providing feedback to your team is an essential part of your role. However, doing it poorly can backfire. This quick analogy illustrates a different approach to giving feedback—one that exercises the power of asking them to go first.  Instead of eagerly...

The business case for reflection

The business case for reflection

If you like to move fast and question the benefits of pausing for reflection, I get you. I'm the same way. But the two research studies I share in this video have shifted my perspective, and they might just do the same to you. It's hard to believe, but slowing down...

Year-end roundup: four reflection exercises

Year-end roundup: four reflection exercises

2020 has been quite the year. Whether yours overflowed with bright spots or unexpected hardships (or both), there's no question that it was filled with new experiences. Rather than hastily rush into a new year, I encourage you to spend time reflecting on and learning...

A strategic planning process that actually works

A strategic planning process that actually works

It’s that time of year for your team’s annual strategic planning meeting. While incredibly important, many of your team members likely dread strategic planning meetings because of a few common challenges. Let’s see which ones plague your team through a quick round of...

Two must-ask questions

Two must-ask questions

Stepping into a new, challenging situation—new job, role, project, relationship—can feel stressful. A common response is to create a long mental list of the things we should and shouldn't do in order to be successful. Unfortunately, attempting to monitor and follow...

5 activities to make Zoom meetings fun again

5 activities to make Zoom meetings fun again

Zoom fatigue is real. Can I get an amen?! Connecting through screens is beginning to wear on us, and yet it’s often the only way to connect.  Do you dread team meetings right now? If so, it’s time to inject some fun—time to creatively build team connection. Without...

Leadership advice from a kindergartener

Leadership advice from a kindergartener

Thanks to quarantine, this week's Two-Minute Tip is brought to you by my five-year-old as she shares some thoughts on effective leadership, based on her classroom experience with the incredible Mrs. Gormley. With a focus on how to effectively teach employees new...

Bad news is better than no news

Bad news is better than no news

In this Two-Minute Tip, we take a glimpse at the impact of uncertainty. Not knowing what the future holds and the associated fear of the unknown dramatically impact the brain’s ability to think logically and rationally. We literally stop thinking straight, as...

The scientific benefits of gratitude

The scientific benefits of gratitude

  As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, I challenge you to fully immerse yourself in this season of gratitude. That said, I also acknowledge that for many, giving thanks this year feels hard—maybe even impossible. If you're in this situation, I feel for you;...

Good leaders draw near.

Good leaders draw near.

I wrote this article a few years ago on a blog that no longer exists. It feels worth reviving right now as I continue to hear stories of employees feeling disconnected from their leaders, and vice versa. Due to today’s prevalence of remote work environments, several...

Leading people is hard.

Leading people is hard.

Being a leader is not easy. At least, not if you’re doing it right. In fact, it should be a bit painful. Let me back up… Like many, fall is my favorite. I love all the usual traditions—football, pumpkin everything, crunchy leaves, crisp air, and more. But I also enjoy...

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