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How to gain commitment in the workplace

Leadership, or the lack thereof, plays a major role in establishing bonds among teams, as well as with other departments and workgroups in the workplace. In his book Organizational Culture and Leadership, Social Psychologist Edgar Schein writes about the leaders’ role in developing the organizational culture. He stresses the importance of every interaction as having a positive or negative impact. In this context, commitment is constantly earned based on a leader’s actions. When commitment is given or not, it shows up in your employee’s daily actions or inactions, and like trust, it can be lost quickly. Workplace engagement and commitment Read More…

Bravery in Organizational Leadership

Bravery in Organizational Leadership Think about the people you want on your team. Ideally, you want people who embrace failure and welcome challenges, or “big, scary things.” You want them to be brave. But how do you promote bravery? As I was preparing a lecture for medical students last week on the topic of “joy”, I found a Ted Talk by Susie Rinhart, called Brave Over Perfect and it stopped me in my tracks. Over the course of her 8 minute 56 second talk, I had to pause the computer several times and look around because I felt like she was Read More…

Pushing Past Comfortable

It’s easy to get comfortable…even with the things that are “good” for us. You have a choice to make. How do you push past comfortable towards something larger to be the best version of you? I went to a yoga class recently, and the teacher was giving us instructions to set up in a pose. As we were all settling into tree pose, she made the comment that if we were stable in this variation of the position, she was challenging us to push the pose further, even if it meant falling out of the pose. Normally, my goal during Read More…

The Loose Cannon

Ahhhh, the loose cannon in the workplace. In my leadership experiences, everyone has one. The Wall Street Journal reports that 98% of workers experience incivility on the job, with 50% reporting they engage in rude exchanges at least weekly. This is the work of the loose cannon. What exactly is a Loose Cannon? This individual walks around the workplace crushing people left and right. They are toxic. If you don’t know what a toxic worker is, it is someone who harms the organization from a fiscal or human capital viewpoint. From a leadership perspective, an organization’s people are its biggest competitive Read More…

The journey to organizational excellence.

“When leaders have imagination and courage, then success follows.” ~ Robert I. Sutton Scaling Up Excellence Leaders define organizational excellence. They do so by having a clear, concise picture of what it looks like and then thoughtfully designing a path by which to get there. They take action and execute, leading us carefully and with intent, along the way to that destination. Sometimes, often times, there are trying situations and difficult circumstances along the way. And it’s precisely those opportunities that build the foundation needed to achieve excellence. Organizational excellence starts from within. As I led others during my time Read More…

Is organizational wellness the new flavor of the month?

Is organizational wellness the new flavor of the month? If you ask me, the answer is a simple and an emphatic, “No.” It can’t be. If it were, organizations and businesses would lose the capacity to sustain themselves. Organizational wellness shouldn’t be considered a fad, or something you can just do for a little while. It should always be a priority, especially to businesses. Why? Here are 3 big reasons. People are an organization’s biggest asset. What comes to mind when you think about success for an organization? Is it year-end revenue? A revolutionary product? The ability to give back to Read More…

Winning and Learning: 3 ways to leverage competition in your organization.

In an article titled The Pros and Cons of Competition Among Employees, the authors share how some competition focuses on the negative aspects of losing, such as being laid off, or loss of income. These types of competition elicit negative feelings. Other types focus on the employees or teams winning recognition which elicits positive feelings. The learning journey when you train to win. Competition can be incredibly fun and engaging, or it can generate feelings of fear and anxiety. In my experience, I have found competition can be good for performance. It can be leveraged to scale excellence through the Read More…

Too busy to slow down?

I’m a busy one. When it comes to work, I have what I call my regular hustle and my side-hustle. I’m the chapter counselor for a fraternity at a local university. And two roles that I value more than I can put into words – I’m a partner and a mom. Over the years, there have been variations of this. I’ve been a full-time student and a full-time employee. I’ve juggled a dissertation and a newborn. Yet, when I look back at the roles I’ve played so many have to do with the role I play for others. Juggling a Read More…

25,000 Mornings: Make the MOST of Every One of Them

In an article You get 25,000 mornings as an adult. Here are 8 ways to not waste them, James Clear writes that we will wake up for approximately 25,000 mornings as adults and lists 8 ways to get the most out of the morning. After reading and reflecting on the article, Number 8 “Develop a ‘pre–game routine’ to start your day” really connected with me. He writes “What you do each morning is an indicator of how you approach your entire day. It’s the choices that we repeatedly make that determine the life we live, the health we enjoy, and the Read More…

3 ways to gain self-awareness and position your startup for success.

It’s a known fact that leaders who practice self-awareness are more effective and get better results. In a recent article published by Forbes.com: Great Leadership Starts With Self-Awareness, the author cites research that actually shows organizations with strong financial results have employees with high levels of self-awareness compared to lower performing organizations. What part does self-awareness play in an entrepreneur’s life? As an entrepreneur you have to be ready to lead yourself and others that believe in what you are doing in conditions of extreme uncertainty. Planning and forecasting are only reliable when a company has a stable operational history, which Read More…