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burnout

How Resolutions Lead to Burnout…and How to Avoid it in 2022

I have powerful hyper-achiever and restless saboteurs. They conspire to make me want to do GREAT THINGS….NOW!! Needless to say, the new year is a trigger-happy time for these two. Maybe you can relate. You want to reach goals. So you hit it hard in January. But pretty soon the pressure, plus the doubt about whether you’ll get …

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Do You Feel Like Dory in Finding Nemo Right Now?

Yesterday morning, and by morning I mean middle of the workday, I was walking to exchange something at the Gap after dropping clothes at the Goodwill and popping into the post office.   I started humming,  “It’s the most (______) time of the year…”  and wondering, “What word sounds like ‘wonderful’ but means totally distracted, at loose ends …

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Planning

Dreading Your 2022 Planning?

Last week a client told me that she knows that her ambition came from parents who loved her, but also asked a lot. It felt like conditional love. She had to win, and while that’s made her very successful for 15 years, it’s also led to burnout. She hasn’t felt motivated in a while. “Great …

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working in flow

One Antidote to Hybrid Work Drag

Yesterday my friend Valerie sent me a video that blew my mind — it completely explained the last year and a half.It turns out that while optimism is a powerful force for well-being, there’s something equally powerful that we overlook: Flow, closely related to joy.In this video, Adam Grant, famous for making “languishing” a household …

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Case Study – Being All Things to All People…and Being Ineffective

One of the absolute biggest mistakes leaders make is that they think they’re supposed to be good at everything.A client in a small business has a boss, the owner, who only delegates the smallest details. So the team is in chaos and is disengaged.He acts out, sharing his frustration with vendors and clients on the …

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Inner Critic

The Inner Critic is Messing with Us Right Now

Feeling like your team is steering a large ship through molasses?You aren’t the only one.In my online classes, participants are at an all-time peak of having their cameras turned off — they’re exhausted.And I’m hearing a funny sort of reluctant whining from clients.It’s as if they feel guilty about their exhaustion.That is the inner critic. …

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Strategies

Most Hybrid Work Strategies are Ignoring This Crucial Piece

Hybrid work strategies that will support teams in six months aren’t right for this moment.Let me explain. A lot of my clients are scrambling to crack the code on hybrid teams. They’re reviewing communication platforms, agreeing to rules of engagement for meetings, deciding which work to do in-person and at home… and they’re looking at the …

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Purpose

When Purpose = Profit

Last week I got some game-changing inspiration from the HBR IdeaCast with Paul Polman. In 10 years he took Unilever from declining revenues and market share to exponential growth.How did he do it? By putting purpose at the center of everything.  From vision to shareholder relations, to H.R. policies to sourcing, Polman tapped into the human propensity …

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