Can a gratitude practice truly improve team performance? This blog outlines the barriers, how to overcome them, and how to instill a gratitude practice.
How can leaders identify and transform toxic team cultures? Toxic work environments are not that uncommon. As a member of many teams as an athlete, a coach, and now an entrepreneur, I can attest that sometimes we find ourselves in work environments that are not positive, communicative, collaborative, or healthy. I have talked to many… Read more »
This past year, I traveled more than any year since COVID hit. It feels good to connect physically with people again, and not rely solely on virtual meetings. My travel has catapulted me around the country, including internationally, and it has afforded me the opportunity to meet many different people from different companies and to… Read more »
What is the difference between mentorship and sponsorship, and why is it important for all levels of leadership to understand how it impacts organizational advancement between genders?(1) The answer lies in the fact that a large percentage of women are not reaching the C-Suite in their organizations. While both mentorship and sponsorship are important for… Read more »
What happens when a longtime friend and coworker unexpectedly gets laid off? You are hit with a wave of emotions. What comes next? Are you on the chopping block as well? How should you handle your coworker? The situation? The organization? Whether you are weeks into a job or have been loyal to the same company… Read more »
Balancing or blending? How do you create a work-life relationship? Holidays may not be the best time to check in with work-life balance, but then again, maybe they are the perfect time. Holidays stretch our balancing act more than most other times during the year. Gifting, gathering, hosting, wrapping, snacking, baking, cooking, shopping, traveling, and… Read more »
With job openings up, recruiting and hiring qualified individuals with the “right fit” has become more challenging. If you’re looking for solutions to your hiring needs, consider the great value disabled employees bring. According to the August 30, 2022, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 11.2 million job openings nationwide. This number is up… Read more »
No team, whether workplace, sports, family, or community, is void of conflict. Life is full of differing ideas, values, beliefs, and emotions. And there are countless ways to handle conflict. As we mature in life and obtain more experience with conflict, we learn different ways to handle it. Hence, managing conflict on teams is one… Read more »
When it comes to optimal team performance, strategies for preserving a safe space for discourse (i.e. “the middle ground”) is imperative. Teams who achieve great outcomes rely heavily on the middle ground conversations where ideas are shared and different opinions are welcomed. If teams have no safe space, there is no genuine growth or development… Read more »
Progress has come in many forms over the past year. For instance, we are finally reaching a moment where organizations are placing a greater emphasis on diversity and inclusion. There is a persistent shift in prominent organizations to create distinctive cultures that embrace and adopt pro-diversity policies and practices.