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Sprint and Recover

Sprints followed by recovery

Life is a series of sprints followed by recovery.  The other day I was chatting with a friend who really shed some light on this topic. When we dug into this further, it came down to understanding the relationship between stress and recovery mode. This symbiotic relationship is really important so you can build capacity and capability, as you learn… Read More »Sprints followed by recovery

Turning Negative Stress Into Positive Change

May is Mental Health Awareness month. Fewer Americans are “thriving” today than 13 months ago.  While daily stress and worry remain steady and near pre-pandemic levels, according to a new life satisfaction poll released in March by the polling firm Gallup: The percentage of adults classified as “thriving” dropped again to 53.2% Thriving rates among independents have dropped steeply since June 2021… Read More »Turning Negative Stress Into Positive Change

postive thoughts

Can ‘micro-moments of positivity’ build team resilience?

Did you know the human brain (and body) are hard-wired to expect danger?  “Your nervous system is constantly on the look-out, primed to jump into action when danger is detected or to freeze if that seems like a better option.” Source: Psychology Today In today’s circumstances, think about what that means for your typical team member’s stress levels. Pandemic, war, racial… Read More »Can ‘micro-moments of positivity’ build team resilience?

Creating a culture of well-being

As organizations, we MUST stop to deeply consider why so many people are deciding that they would rather run the risk of unemployment than continue to spend time in a workplace where the culture is not aligned with their core values. 

Can you doodle and listen at the same time?

Is there a member of your team who often scribbles while listening to long video calls, training sessions or even your short catch up meetings? They might be onto something! Doodling has often been framed, even villainized, as the device of the distracted. It CATEGORICALLY is not. Contrary to old-school wisdom, when you’re doodling you’re actively listening. In fact, science… Read More »Can you doodle and listen at the same time?

Create a thriving work environment

According to Psychology Today, “Work and play can be more similar than we think. We can—and many do—work playfully. And so we can—and do—often play in ways as structured and as serious as we work. 

How to help your people rebound from languishing

“I’m fine.” is an insidious sentence. Often, digging into feelings of malaise and languish can feel personal and difficult. So perhaps many of us just say, “I’m fine.” and move on with the everyday. Even after two years plus of living through the pandemic perhaps your team members don’t actively display the signs of stress. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant wrote… Read More »How to help your people rebound from languishing

How to disconnect during times of change

Ernest Hemingway said, “We’re stronger in the places that we’ve been broken.”   That’s never felt more relevant to us. The world feels heavy. There’s instability in markets. Change continues to be a constant and organizations are racing to keep up. As leaders, how are you supporting your teams during constant change? Play it out for a minute! Are your team… Read More »How to disconnect during times of change