Just do it

Just do it

I find that in our culture we tend to be very skilled at asking people how we can help them—how we can be of service to their needs or situation. What a wonderful norm! However, I’ve also noticed a common practice of responding to these offers with resistance. Not necessarily direct pushback, but a cordial, “Oh thank you, but I’ll be okay.” 

The offerer of help feels their offer was sufficient and moves on. Meanwhile, the recipient is still drowning and not actually okay. 

What if, in those situations, we helped them anyway—like physically stepped in and provided service in a meaningful way, even when they resist?

I’m your classic resister of help and, as described in the video below, recently experienced a friend pushing through it to meet me right where I needed it. What a gift it was.

May you be that person to your colleagues, neighbors, and loved ones.

The offer is often not enough. Instead, just do it—go be the one who meets them where they’re at and helps carry their load.

 

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Reflecting on experience

Reflecting on experience

This is one of my favorite quotes. Probably because it’s a reminder I need to hear often. 

“We don’t learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.”

– John Dewey

You see, I like to move fast—to drive results and then jump to the next challenge. No time to pause around here! Too often I move so fast that I miss the opportunity to learn from what I just experienced.

This week, I challenge you to join me in spending time reflecting on a few coaching questions (shared in the video below). These questions come straight from a recent group coaching session with our current cohort in The Management Essentials

I promise, you won’t regret spending ten minutes on this exercise.

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A lesson from Grandma

A lesson from Grandma

“The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.”

– Andy Rooney

My beautiful grandmother passed recently. She was a powerful force—smart, talented, courageous, witty, selfless, and so much more. This week’s Two-Minute Tip gives us an opportunity to learn from just one small piece of her deep wisdom and approach to life. 

It’s easy to become consumed with the challenging external factors around us over which we have little control. Grandma never let those things paralyze her. Instead, she focused her energy on what she could control—on what was possible. 

Though she’s no longer with us, her legacy lives on. May we, too, live in a way that influences others for the better for years to come.

Grandma, I have your pearl earrings on, your bold voice echoing in my head, and your no-nonsense, selfless example guiding my steps.  

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A short video series: using neuroscience to drive performance & engagement

A short video series: using neuroscience to drive performance & engagement

Two weeks ago, I launched a video series on this blog focused on helping you leverage neuroscience to drive employee engagement and performance. But I quickly realized that breaking it into several, individual posts made the content and learning feel disjointed; so today we are integrating the series into one post.

The videos below are arranged in sequential order, beginning with video 1: “The human brain at work.” Use the arrows to navigate.

Throughout the series, I encourage you to anchor your learning to this bottom line: creating a healthy work environment is not just ‘the right thing to do’ or ‘a nice-to-have’—rather, it critical to business success. Your team can only access their brightest ideas and deliver their best work when operating in a healthy climate. It is up to the leader and every team member to create this type of environment. Watch the videos to learn how.

 

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Am I valued here? (S in SCARF model)

Am I valued here? (S in SCARF model)

We’re continuing our deep dive into how the human brain perceives and reacts to the workplace, and how you can use this awareness to create an environment that maximizes performance and engagement.

Let’s be clear: this is not soft, fluffy stuff. This is science, and it has a direct impact on your team’s ability to perform and, therefore, on your bottom line.

Before watching today’s video on the “S” in Dr. David Rock’s SCARF model, which stands for status, be sure to watch last week’s two, short introductory videos. Viewing these first is essential. 

Okay, promise you watched the introductory videos? If so, you’re ready to dive into this one. As you watch it, consider the following: How valued do my employees feel? Do they have a strong sense of purpose and impact in their work? Do they feel appreciated and important? What will I do to enhance their sense of status? 

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The human brain at work

The human brain at work

I’m very passionate about today’s topic. Lately, I have witnessed leaders neglecting it on numerous occasions. The negative impact of their neglect is significant—involving both human and business costs. Though my natural instincts ignite a protective ‘mama bear’ reaction, I know the best antidote to neglect is growing awareness. So, here I am today, inviting you to lean into learning with me on this topic. 

What is this topic, you ask? Well, it’s the most important job of a leader: creating a healthy work environment that brings out the best in your team. I know it sounds cliché, but I promise it’s so much more than that. To truly understand it, we need to follow the science and explore how the human brain perceives and responds to workplace dynamics.

I recommend watching both videos in sequential order.

I can’t leave you hanging there, so here’s a quick introduction to the SCARF Model (developed by Dr. David Rock, NeuroLeadership Institute). Please stay tuned as we dive into each SCARF element over the next five weeks. I want to ensure these stick so that you are equipped and ready to apply them at work and beyond.

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