Archive for September 2018

Fostering Creativity

Do you ever let your mind wander? [Punchline] Sometimes it wanders so far it gets lost. Creativity versus Productivity Corporate America is founded on productivity where we demand long days full of meetings, deadlines, and to-do-lists.  Everything we do has a process and an expectation.  The expectation is that everyone is at their desk with…

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Hidden Ordinary Work

I recently listened to the 2017 commencement speech given by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ to his son’s ninth grade graduating class from Cardigan Mountain School. In this speech, Justice Roberts said. “When you get to your new school, walk up and introduce yourself to the person who is raking the leaves, shoveling the…

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How to Like People

People There are some days when I do not like people. When I have been driving in traffic surrounded by drivers who are driving badly, I do not like people. When my favorite football team loses to a rivalry, I do not like people.  And when I make specific plans that no one seems to…

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Pride in Your Work

Do you take pride in your work? Or, should you take pride in your work? Tension Between Your Work and the Bible In today’s world, there exists a strong cultural tension between the pride in business and the dangers of pride found in the Bible. Business          In business, we are encouraged to take pride in…

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Belonging at Work

Where do you belong? Do your employees think they belong with your company? Belonging Maybe I’m just reminiscing about the “good old days,” but I like the stories about when men and women took a job out of college or off the farm and kept that job until they retired. When I happen to read…

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Let’s All Volunteer

There are only a few opportunities in life where it is totally acceptable to be selfish. And one of those opportunities surprisingly is volunteering. Volunteering Not many people consider time spent volunteering to be for their own benefit, but it’s true.  Time spent volunteering easily delivers as much back to the volunteer at it does…

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Self-Awareness

Which leadership skill is the most important? listening motivating empathy relationship building self-awareness The answer is probably dependent on your leadership style and experience. I think, however, many would agree self-awareness is the leadership skill that garners the least attention. While there is not a single formula for being a good leader, self-awareness seems to…

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Gratitude

Thank you. Is that so hard to say? In the Workplace Intuitively, I know that thanking people is a strong motivator. I see it in myself. When someone goes out of their way to thank me for some act, regardless of how small, I feel good.  They thanked me, and I had a positive reaction.…

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