How to Keep Your Job

My office is one you do not want to visit. Even though I’ve been told I am a lovely person with a kind smile and a soothing voice, most employees really don’t want to be in my office. Why is that? I am a performance specialist with the employee assistance program (EAP). If you are…

Thoughts Gleaned from Living

Last fall my nephew/godson went off to college. As a going away gift, I gave him a day-by-day calendar with thoughts I gleaned from my journals. Outside of wondering why I did not put it in an electronic format (which I wouldn’t know how to do), he liked them. I thought I would share a…

Tribal Culture and Leadership

I recently ran across an interesting organizational culture and leadership theory regarding tribes on a manager/HR website called, enviable workplace. They were discussing a popular book called Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright. A tribe is defined as any naturally-occurring group of approximately 20-150 people. They reviewed results that came from…

Road Blocks and Speed Bumps

A typical situation I regularly encounter in my work at LifeMatters is with people who want to change their lives, but can’t see the way to get it done. Sometimes, it’s because of not knowing which road to choose, but at other times, it’s because there doesn’t seem to be an available road. That’s when…

Unplugged

We live in a world filled with electronic devices. Many days start with checking for new text messages or e-mails when we wake up in the morning and end with scrolling through Facebook or Twitter news feeds before we fall asleep at night. I have been known to walk the dog on a crisp and…

The Art of Paying Attention

Situational awareness has been a frequent topic of my conversations and presentations lately. Many executives I talk with claim they are believers in situational awareness and conduct annual employee training. But, what they don’t realize is that situational awareness is not a one-time event – it is an ongoing process that extends from the workplace…

Why Counseling?

Last time I wrote about what happens when you call LifeMatters for a counseling referral. But perhaps you are wondering, “Why would I call a stranger to ask for help dealing with my issues? I can deal with it myself.” Or, “I have family and friends I would talk to first.” Generally, I agree. However,…

Employee Engagement, a Two-Way Street

Imagine working for a company or department where your manager never gave you positive feedback, rarely communicated important information to you, and you felt disrespected on a regular basis. Is this the type of organization that you would want to work for on a long-term basis or would you feel disengaged, unmotivated, and even disloyal…

Avoiding the Regrets to Come, Part 2

The point of my previous blog post was to inspire you to consider action. At LifeMatters, I see too many people who are not really in charge of their lives, and likely to have many regrets at the end. Some people already have a long list of regrets and believe that they are too late…

Avoiding the Regrets to Come, Part 1

There are some lessons about life we seem to have to learn over and over, yet even then we still miss their importance. Recently, I read an article by a palliative care nurse about the regrets people had as they were dying and how her patients reflected on the lives they’d led. These final days…