Find Grace in the Moment

Ten years ago, I had an ‘aha’ that helped me become happier, and more effective at work. It happened when I was in Chicago to run a seminar. From the moment I came up on stage, I could tell that the attendees didn’t want to be there. As their.

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How to Solve the I Hate My Job Problem

Fifty-five percent of employees are disengaged. Eight years ago, I got a glimpse of how to solve this problem. It happened by accident. A large pharmaceutical firm hired me and several other consultants to help them better understand how to create great salespeople. How they went about it was.

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What’s the Matter with Work?

When I was kid growing up, I saw work in a very particular way. A lot of it stems from visiting my Dad at work, when I was six or seven. My Dad worked in a bank. It wasn’t one of these glass-windowed banks that you see now that.

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Why Your Backstory Matters: The case of the boring accountant

Have you ever listened to a boring accountant? Not to be dismissive of entire professions, but some groups have a reputation for being less than stellar storytellers.  Full disclosure, my husband is a former finance guy. Now for the tough question, when you describe your own job, do people.

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Why Business is a Force for Good, Yes Really

Cut to the evil businessman cackling as he counts his coins while his workers slave away in the salt mines, giving their lifeblood for his riches.  We all know the story.  It’s the common narrative of pop culture movies and TV shows. But what if this old story isn’t.

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How Would a Five-Year-Old Evaluate Your Airtime?

What subject do you give the most airtime to? If someone asked your team what you care about, what would they say? How about your family? I regularly get a similar email from different people, in different jobs around the world that speaks to the issue of airtime. The.

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Leadership Lessons from Monica Lewinsky

Leaders aren’t ruined by their mistakes. They’re ruined by their response to their mistakes. Monica Lewinsky’s recent TED talk, “The Price of Shame” illustrates how the right words with the right tone can reframe even the most demoralizing of situations.  In 22 short minutes Lewinsky transforms public perception, moving from.

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Why Carrot-and-Stick Motivation No Longer Works

How do you motivate people? You don’t. A leader’s job is to create the conditions whereby a motivated person can excel. It’s counterintuitive because leaders have typically been told that their job is to motivate their team. Yet a growing body of social science evidence suggests that typical workplace.

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Is Your Job Just a Job?

Do you consider your work a calling? Or is it just a job? The recent Wall Street Journal article, “I Don’t Have a Job. I Have a Higher Calling,” evoked a firestorm on line from people who felt that trying to bring higher purpose into the workplace was like.

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