Spirit of Purpose · How To Generate Employee Engagement People are the heart of every business.  The more engaged and productive the workforce, the more satisfied its customers, and the more successful the enterprise. Gallup research indicates that North America leads the world in employee engagement.  They suppose this may be due to US and Canadian values […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Building Trust In Remote & Hybrid Work Environments Trusting those we rely on is essential.  Yet building trust in the workplace can be a challenge – a challenge that’s amplified when people are separated by time and space.  This presents an important opportunity for leaders of remote and hybrid work environments, where mutual […]

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Spirit of Purpose · LGBTQ Colleagues In Your Workplace Recently, Carl Nassib, Raiders’ defensive lineman, the first active NFL player to announce he’s gay, said, “Sadly, I have agonized over this moment for the last fifteen years.”  He went on to thank his coach and colleagues saying, “I would not be able to do this without […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Leading Through Uncertainty Leaders today face significant uncertainty.  Change and complexity are a steady presence. In a Harvard Business Review article titled, “6 Strategies for Leading Through Uncertainty,” the authors suggest the following strategies to accelerate learning and navigate increasing complexity. Acknowledge feelings of discomfort about not having the answers.  Embrace the unknown […]

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Spirit of Purpose · The Need for Speed During Recovery We’re a month into year two of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Recovery from deep disruption of incredibly fast-moving change is just beginning. Looking to the future, McKinsey suggests speed will be a defining feature of the new normal for companies interested in long-term resiliency and sustainability.  The need […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Simple Ways to Show Appreciation How often do you express appreciation to the people around you – in the workplace and your personal life? Do you say thank you often enough? Do you share, in sufficient detail, what you like about a person’s approach to a task or the way they handled a […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Engaging Employees During Extra Challenging Times Over the past year, in the face of unprecedented change, uncertainty, anxiety, and loss we surmounted challenges and found ways to survive and remain sane.  What inspired us to keep going, to stay engaged? Gallup queried 150 chief human resources officers about what kept members of […]

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Spirit of Purpose · Stress That Can Determine Success or Failure In the workplace, and all of life, the size and complexity of challenges are not factors that determine whether we flounder or thrive.  The degree to which we believe we are in control is.  The internal belief and feeling that I can take effective action and […]

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Spirit of Purpose · DEI Requires Commitment from Top Leadership Diversity, equity and inclusion is not about “check the box” activities or talk of quotas.  It is also not the work of HR.  Top leadership’s visible engagement and firm commitment is required for the challenging journey involved in creating a workplace wherein diversity, equity and inclusion are […]

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Spirit of Purpose · How Engagement & Well-Being Feed Each Other According to Gallup, there’s a strong relationship between employee engagement and employee wellbeing – two drivers of performance, productivity and retention.  Each – engagement and wellbeing – has a reciprocal and additive impact on the future state of the other. While the best people leaders […]

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Many people in our country have been hurt and are hurting for way, way too long.  Yes, wounds are inflicted as people engage in the broader society.  And we have to be honest and say, they’re also inflicted in the workplace…in your workplace.  You, especially if you’re a leader, have the power to make significant, […]

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Even the Best Team Members Benefit from Basic Skills Training Some leaders believe that because they manage their time well and prioritize with ease that doing so comes naturally to everyone. For these managers, any employee who procrastinates, misses deadlines or is disorganized is a source of frustration. Leaders have a responsibility for developing employees, […]

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Spirit of Purpose · 6 Ways to Manage Remote Team Members It goes without saying that managing remotely differs from managing in-person.  No more managing-by-walking-around.  There are fewer opportunities to give spontaneous feedback.  Standing and ad hoc meetings may still happen, but the rules are not exactly the same. Harvard Business Review contributor Sabina Nawaz offers 6 great […]

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When crises like the Coronavirus impact the business world, it’s important to have a good structure for decision-making.  McKinsey & Company offers 6 tips to ensure your decision-making remains solid when battling the unprecedented and unbelievable.  First, take a breath.  Step back, take stock and prioritize.  Consider the long-term implications – look beyond what’s happening right now.  This alleviates […]

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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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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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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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Wouldn’t an extra hour or two feel great today?  Think of what you might accomplish.  You could make progress with an important project.  Polish your presentation. Attend that networking event. Enjoy dinner with family or friends. Take that spinning class. Or sit on the sofa with your cat. Delegation helps you create time that you […]

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Although no one listening is likely to be on the 2024 moon mission, we can all learn a lot from the astronauts NASA has chosen.  In a recent Inc.com article Psychologist James Picano shared the three qualities — besides the technical skills and abilities — that made these women and men ideal for the job.  They […]

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