Do you have a dream that you’ve just been too busy to think through and plan for?  Well, if you’re like a lot of people, you’re in a period of forced isolation that’s given you the gift of extra time.  Consider using it to propel yourself forward once the crisis passes. Here’s an approach.   Clarify your desired […]

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It’s challenging for leaders to keep up with industry trends, changes in market forces, as well as workplace dynamics.  Often, executives push their own personal growth needs aside, when that’s the very thing that will yield success.  Lolly Daskal, CEO of Lead from Within, says a coach can support executives in two important ways. Interpersonal skills education, which […]

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C-level executives who seek out coaching support do so to improve their skills beyond those needed for their specific industry. Lolly Daskal, CEO of Lead From Within, says these five things are among the ways executives benefit from coaching. Assistance with self-awareness. They seek to build self-knowledge that can help them identify and address blind […]

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For quite some time, business culture experts have made the distinction between a workplace’s cognitive culture and its emotional culture.  Cognitive culture, according to the Harvard Business Review, sets the tone for how employees think and behave.  Are they, for example, customer-focused, innovative, team oriented, competitive?   Emotional culture is about shared affective values, and the norms and assumptions […]

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There seems to be a sense of guilt associated with being bored.  We’ve come to believe that we’re only productive if our minds are actively occupied.  But Manoush Zomorodi, the host of TED Radio Hour says boredom stimulates our minds in a very important way. When we do things that don’t require intense thought, like folding laundry […]

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Leaders who are managing part or all of their teams remotely may be doing so for the first time.  Gallup suggests keeping these four things in mind as you chart these untested waters.  Individualize your approach.  Doing this from a distance may require greater intentionality.  Find out what conditions each team member works best under, their workflow concerns […]

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Once the Coronavirus scare passes, Gallup warns that employee’s desire to work remotely may not.  Before our national lockdown, fifity-one percent of US workers said they’d quit their current job for one that allowed flexible working arrangements.  The off-site working trend, which has been growing steadily, is no longer a privilege.  Gallup says it has become the standard […]

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Researchers at Penn State found that employers not only look at job candidates’ social media, they make character judgements based on what they see.  The study revolved around three personality traits — self-absorption, how opinionated candidates appear to be, and drug and alcohol consumption. Four-hundred-and-thirty-six hiring managers were given scenarios depicting a hypothetical candidate who answered […]

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A recent study at Australia’s RMIT University revealed that long-term job insecurity can make people less emotionally stable, less agreeable and less conscientious.  The study used national data to answer questions about job security and personality for more than one thousand employees over nine years. They found that the personality traits affected were tied to reliably […]

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As Corona Virus increasingly dominates the headlines, companies should take this opportunity to develop or sure up their remote work-plans.  Not all organizations have workforces that can work remotely, but if you do, here are two suggestions from Harvard Business Review. Start by acknowledging that all or part of your workforce may need to work remotely.  Plan […]

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The rapidly spreading Corona Virus is a wake-up for organizations to make sure their business doesn’t suffer if there’s wide-scale quarantine.  Harvard Business Review has tips on how to plan for the possibility of large-scale remote operations.  Here are two. Once you’ve accepted that your organization could be affected and you’ve mapped out a cross-functional plan: Audit […]

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This week, my reports are dedicated to developing remote workplans.  The rapidly spreading Corona Virus has awakened many companies to the fact that they need well-developed plans in case wide-spread quarantines force employees to work from elsewhere.  Harvard Business Review says there may be a silver lining in this. For example, thinking through such plans could […]

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A sharp mind is so vital to a productive and healthy life.  According to Oprah.com contributor Jessica Migala, keeping your mind sharp can be as simple as doing these five things. Fast walking to prevent cognitive decline and increase hippocampus growth. That’s the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion.   Maintain social ties.  Loneliness leads to […]

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Tony Crabbe, author of “Busy: How to Thrive In A World of Too Much” and frequent contributor to the Oprah Winfrey Network, reminds us why downtime is so important.  Yet, some find having downtime difficult because, as he says, we’re the first generation of people who are always switched on. Science shows that our brains need […]

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When you’re “Chief” anything — CEO, COO, CPO, CMO, CIO, etc. — people seek you out.  They vie for facetime with you.  But, if through a merger of acquisition your rank shifts downward, or if you’re new to a company, you’ll find you have to seek others out, infiltrate existing groups, break into conversations.  You have to network.   […]

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Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University and Cal State Fullerton say that mindset is a leadership quality that is too often overlook.  Mindset, they say, drives why and what leaders do. They identified a series of mindsets that affect one’s ability to lead.   A growth mindset is the belief that people can learn and grow, while a fixed mindset believes they […]

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A sleepless night can trigger up to a thirty percent rise in anxiety levels.  That’s according to new research from the University of California Berkeley.  But the researchers also identified the type of sleep that calms you and resets your brain.   During periods of deep sleep or non-rapid eye movement, slow-wave sleep, the heart rate and blood […]

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According to the Society of Human Resource Management, a growing number of employers are looking for ways to address sleep apnea and insomnia among their employees.  A recent SHRM article by Kaiser Health news’ Phil Galewitz says rising healthcare costs are driving companies to address this issue. Hartford Financial Services has been actively helping employees deal […]

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According to Gallup, companies that allow employees to work remotely not only increase engagement and retention, they also reduce their carbon footprint.  When employees work at home, they use less paper, less electricity and produce less solid waste. In addition, they drive fewer miles and emit less carbon dioxide.  Sun Microsystems reported that when they allowed 24,000 […]

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