I Quit!

Aug 28, 2021
 

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The Great Resignation marks a massive exodus of workers seeking trust, significance, and engagement. Uncover the impact of the WFH movement.


The word resignation has a few meanings. The most common usage defines the act of retiring or giving up a position. Resignation also identifies the document conveying someone's intention of retiring. …And, resignation can describe the acceptance of something undesirable but inevitable. These days, employers are discovering...

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Don’t Get Trapped

Aug 20, 2021
 

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Discover how Star Trek’s Kobayashi Maru, a no-win training scenario, challenges us to reconsider dated decision trees and break the rules!


Star Trek’s Kobayashi Maru is a fictional training simulation known to be a no-win scenario. One Starfleet Academy cadet took the test three times before reprogramming the parameters and ultimately solving the unsolvable. We’ve all experienced the lose-lose dilemma. Sometimes, it is even of our own making, like an...

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Unseen Forces

Aug 13, 2021
 

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What do unprofessionalism and fluid dynamics have to do with 18 tugboats and a supermoon? One cargo ship, 6 days, and billions of dollars.


So, how did the Ever Given cargo ship go from the Suez Canal to a tourist attraction in The Netherlands? Well, it’s complicated! It all started with a 40 MPH wind, high-pressure decisions, poor communication, and fluid dynamics; it ended with 18 tugboats, one dredger, and a supermoon.1, 2 In 1869, the Suez Canal cut between...

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Not as Planned

Jul 30, 2021
 

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What happens when you plan to compete at the Olympics and your teammate is disqualified? Get insights from a professional volleyball player.


My husband and I travel to Mexico for volleyball vacations. The week-long event includes tournaments of many types and clinics taught by professional beach volleyball players. We also take excursions and share meals with the pro’s. On several occasions, we’ve enjoyed tacos and conversation with the 6’7” Jake...

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Future Me has One Problem

Jul 09, 2021
 

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Unravel the tension between our current habits and our future interests by future proofing, addressing rebellion, and leveraging commitment.


Future Me is successful, inspiring, and joyful! Unfortunately, Future Me has one BIG problem-- Present Me! Behavioral scientist Katy Milkman explains the conflict between Future Me and Present Me in the Hidden Brain podcast, called You, But Better.  Future Me wants a big savings account and an active lifestyle for a...

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Death Zone Leadership

Jun 11, 2021
 

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The Death Zone is 23,000+ feet, where oxygen cannot sustain human life. At that altitude, can you still be polite? Or, are you the “DUD”?


Chris Warner, mountaineer and co-author of High Altitude Leadership, has led over 150 summit expeditions. For Warner, a typical day at the office is near the Death Zone. It is called the death zone because, at 23,000+ feet above sea level, available oxygen in the air cannot sustain human life. It is not just the lack of...

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Best Job EVER

Jun 04, 2021
 

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Which markers does Glassdoor use to rank the top 100 ‘Best Places to Work’ and what does a Starbucks Frappuccino have to do with it?


I have always imagined how much fun it would be to work at a coffee shop! I wouldn’t run the cash register; I would be a barista. I know, you probably have to refill the paper towels in the restrooms and take out the trash. But, wouldn’t it be fulfilling getting to know customers and their favorite drinks? I have...

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Barriers to Change

May 21, 2021
 

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Hiatt’s book defining the ADKAR Model of individual change defines barrier points, explains accountability, and outlines sustainable change.


The only constant is change. Some people like change. When it comes to technology for instance, I’m an early adopter. When I see a new application or an upgrade, I press every button, explore every option, and test every feature. It’s exciting; it’s like discovering an underwater city. I wonder what I will...

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Playing Your Hand

May 07, 2021
 

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How does evolution of the four suits, the ace, the “suicide king” of hearts, and the joker inspire us to lead teams with pure intentions?


Every summer, we got to visit my cousins’ house where we were always treated to new magic tricks. My favorite tricks were the card tricks! Misdirection and sleight of hand serve the magician well, but it is certainly not recommended for the ethical card player. As leaders, we are all dealt a hand. We don’t get...

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Second Chances

Apr 30, 2021
 

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Second chances aren’t easy to give and are even harder to take. The movie “Hoosiers” shows mercy AND expectation from different viewpoints.


After already being ejected twice from games earlier in the season, Coach Dale asks the referee to eject him from the game. The referee says, “Well, I guess you’ve got your reasons,” and throws him out of the game as the crowd erupts with anger. Coach Dale walks off the court barely concealing his...

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