The Right to Relax

Stress is an inevitable part of life. We all struggle sometimes, whether it be at work, at school, or at home; whether it be dealing with health issues, family crises, or simply finding our way in a complicated world. Feeling stressed out takes a toll on our physical and emotional health. We cannot fool our…

Experiencing Grief and Loss

Grief and loss. Not fun things to talk about. Not nice things to live through. Many people I talk to about grief wonder if they should still be grieving so long after their loss. There is no time limit for how long we feel a loss. Some losses we feel for the rest of our…

Managing Fun in the Workplace

“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people,of getting things done.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower “We lead by being human. We do not lead by being corporate, by being professional, or by being institutional.” – Paul Hawken As evidenced by the above quotes, a sense of humor…

Stop That Thinking! (Part 2)

When I get stuck in the rut of those negative, nagging thoughts, there are a few things that help me. Just like others, I find some trains of thought seem nearly irresistible, very hard to not follow. Yet instead of trying obsessively to stop the thoughts altogether, I found that it was more effective to…

Stop That Thinking! (Part 1)

People beset by anxious thoughts, those nagging fears and that self-doubt that stick in their minds, think that they have no control over this thinking. Try as they might to resist, they just keep running in circles, dwelling on the same negative experiences and expectations until their ragged. What good does that do? When I…

Where Did the Time Go?

We often start to ask ourselves, “Where did the time go?” as we move through more and more milestones in life. Although adults usually feel this passage of time much more significantly than children, none of us are immune to noticing how quickly time marches by. I remember one morning when I drove my fourth…

Asking the “Why”

We often look at how to make our lives better. It may be in the area of weight loss, how to make more money, have better relationships or to believe in ourselves more. When our worldview is not serving us particularly well, we will have our moments of vulnerability. We want to believe in something…

The Importance of Employee One-on-One Meetings

One of the processes I implemented early on when managing others was to have individual monthly meetings. Since I have already given points on team meetings in a previous post Making Meetings Matter, today’s blog will focus on the importance of regularly scheduled one-on-one meetings with your employees. Some may question why a supervisor would…

The Duchess Advises

“Never mistake a wish for a certainty!” – Violet, Dowager Duchess of Grantham, Downton Abbey If you are a fan of the show Downton Abbey, you will be familiar with the Dowager Duchess’ directness and her sharp retorts. They’re usually a highlight of every episode. Her wisdom, however, gets overlooked at times because it’s usually…

Change is Good

How possible is it to truly change? The older we get, the more we might think, “I am who I am.” We know that years of seeing ourselves in a certain way, along with our daily actions, form a pretty strong image of who we are. In many ways, it is positive to possess a…