How to be closer with teammates when you’re miles apart

How to be closer with teammates when you’re miles apart

How do you as a leader and/or teammate send signals of belonging to your colleagues when you're working remotely, keeping six feet away from each other, or otherwise spread across the globe? Intentionally socialize from a distance. It's the next best thing to...

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Good-bye to the “new normal.” Hello to what?

Good-bye to the “new normal.” Hello to what?

Have you been binging on comfort foods, TV shows, movies, songs and albums these past couple of months? This behavior is perfectly natural. Don’t let anyone try to judge or shame you when you’re indulging, sampling or fantasizing about things that provide comfort....

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3 leaders show how to be compassionate in a crisis

3 leaders show how to be compassionate in a crisis

Be aware, clear, vulnerable, empathetic, and compassionate. Five behaviors that are critical for organizational leaders in a crisis. How leaders demonstrate these behaviors is up to them in our current covid-19 pandemic. There are no playbooks to follow. That’s...

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How to strengthen your skill for empathy

How to strengthen your skill for empathy

The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World was initially an unusual, yet ultimately an ideal, choice for my College of Charleston book circle this spring semester. The seven students – all seniors except for one junior – who read this ground-breaking...

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How to think better at home than the office

How to think better at home than the office

Have you set yourself up for success to think clearly, creatively, and flexibly at home? It's certainly possible, especially since only 10% of office workers report doing their best thinking at the office. For those who haven't worked frequently from home before we...

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How to avoid reacting as if everyone’s like you

How to avoid reacting as if everyone’s like you

Hands down (hopefully washed hands), the covid-19 pandemic is the biggest paradox we’re facing in this new decade so far. And it’s a paradox on so many levels. Consider just these three: One, the more we learn about the virus, the more uncertainty we seem to face...

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Why and how to look for signals to make a better future

Why and how to look for signals to make a better future

What can Human Resources professionals learn from entrepreneurs, the military and criminals in our VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world? Overall: How to move beyond outdated bureaucratic, command-and-control organizations and be more adaptable....

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Want more a-ha’s? Rework your virtual meetings

Want more a-ha’s? Rework your virtual meetings

If you can’t fix it, feature it – and benefit from it too! That last phrase is my added twist on advice from a former boss of mine. This guidance is particularly useful while we’re all working from home, sheltering in place and holding virtual meetings. You can easily...

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