The #1 Secret to Sustained High Performance
It’s a Friday morning in the office. I’m walking from the kitchen with a fresh cup of coffee when, out of the corner of my eye, I see one of my team members hobbling on one leg; he’s practically stumbling down the corridor of offices. I imagine that the pain on his face looks worse than the pain he’s feeling in his leg. This is not the case.
He’s injured himself playing sports late the night before and when he woke up this morning the pain was even worse. Yet, here he stands (not very gracefully I’ll add) in the office at 7am. He hasn’t taken any steps to determine a diagnosis or treatment. When I ask why he’s at work, he says he feels obligated to be here. After several minutes of convincing, he finally leaves to take care of himself.
I can confidently assure you that his feelings of obligation did not have anything to do with me as his leader. This behavior was a dir ...
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Having it All without Losing it All
Can you have it all? Well, the answer to this question depends on the material you’re reading because ‘having it all’ is written as either the greatest achievement or the biggest myth.
But you’re asking the wrong question, and you’re asking the wrong person.
The question you should be asking and asking of yourself is, “What does ‘having it all’ mean to me?”
How are you currently defining ‘having it all’? Is it based upon the definition given by your community, your friends, your spouse, your coworkers, your parents or the media? If so, then the answer is ‘no’, you can’t have it all.
If I defined ‘having it all’ by someone else’s standards, then I would be an absolute failure.
I’m not shattering the glass ceiling, holding an office on my children’s school PTA board, cooking gourmet meals every night and attending community even ...
You’re Sabotaging Your Mental Energy
You may have noticed that your mental energy is at its peak in the morning. But then you wake up before sunrise, endure long commutes at the beginning and end of the day, encounter endless challenges at work and manage personal commitments and tasks in the evening. After all of this, you’re mentally exhausted! Yet you’re back on the laptop with a project that will now take two to three times longer to complete than could have earlier in the day.
This scenario doesn’t have as much to do with the depletion of physical energy. It really comes down to your mental energy and what’s known as decision fatigue. Because as the day progresses, you’re faced with decision after decision after decision.
In fact, the second you wake up, you’re faced with decisions. Should I hit the snooze button or get out of bed? What should I eat for breakfast? Should I pack my lunch or buy lunch today? Should I take the train or drive in? Should I we ...
Four Warnings for New Leaders
I was only 25 the first time I became an official leader. My title was Branch Manager at an employment agency where I was responsible for the branch’s daily operations, P&L and its five employees. Yet no formal team leadership training was provided. I was simply let loose to lead these employees in driving a profitable branch.
Fast forward nearly 15 years later to my most recent leadership position and I can confidently share that I didn’t know what the hell I was doing back then! I did many things well, but for every one success there was an equal amount, if not more, failures.
These successes and failures served as learning for my improved performance and perhaps my four warnings will serve in helping new managers shorten their learning curve in order to experience success earlier than I did.
1. It’s not about you.
Determined to excel as a newly promoted manager, I focused more than the fair share of my attentio ...
How to Navigate Through Change
In the fall of 2016, a company of 25,000 employees was experiencing a massive re-organizational change. The first wave of layoffs already displaced a large portion of employees and those remaining were required to reapply for their current position or apply for a new one.
This is not an unfamiliar story. You personally may not have experienced a layoff, but you’ve certainly been through other abrupt changes in life.
This company hired me to speak with a select group of its employees on how to deal with these changes. They were concerned that if they didn’t address the situation and provide resources, these events would severely impact work performance, workplace happiness and retention of desired employees.
Here is a highlight of what I shared with these employees that you can now use to quickly navigate through change.
Accept & Expect
Change is one of our only constants in life. Even as you’re reading this article, change is h ...
Three Strategies to Capture the Power of Positivity
A friend challenged me on the validity of the power of positivity, sharing that he doesn't believe inspirational messages and motivational trainers can have an effect on the outcome of a person's life. He had my attention.
My friend's issue had to do with the questionable integrity and authenticity of those delivering the message. I agree. There are some so-called leaders and experts that do not truly believe in or live to the same standard as the advice they're giving. But I believe the impact doesn't have as much to do with who's delivering the message.
The true power of positivity lies within - how you receive it and act upon it.
Countless studies have proven that optimism and positive thinking help reduce stress, cope with disease, recover from illnesses and increase overall health and longevity.
What if you could advance in your career and have a healthier lifestyle by receiving and acting upon positivity? Wouldn ...
Three Tips to Avoid Post-Holiday Blues
You just completed your holiday marathon!
You began months ago with preparation and planning and then you continued at a steady pace with shopping, wrapping gifts, cooking, baking, cleaning the house and attending an endless number of parties. The holidays require your full amount of energy and enthusiasm to make it to the end. And through all of it, my hope is that you had a chance to enjoy yourself with scrumptious goodies, quality conversations with friends and family and laughter to fill your soul.
Now that the holidays are complete, you may be feeling the post-holiday blues. You’re not alone. In fact, nearly 25% of Americans feel some sort of low to high depression post-holidays. All of the hype and excitement, all of the events to look forward to, and then it's suddenly over.
But you can get past this post-holiday feeling and sprint into your new year in with these three tips.
Get back into routine. During the holida ...
How to Stop Being Delusional About Work-Life Balance
With over 34 Million Google entries and over 2,500 books on Amazon alone, work-life balance is one of the most popular topics during the recent 10+ years.
But don’t be deluded by work-life balance – it just isn’t true!
Allow me to clarify, it’s not the concept, rather the phrase, “work-life balance” I don’t believe to be true.
For some readers, balance is a meaningless concept – one you believe is only for those who aren’t fully dedicated to their career. For others, you believe the concept is a myth, a dream that can never be reached, and those who continue to search for it are fools. And then there are those, like me, who believe it’s a significant matter and can be achieved with direction and focus.
But in my opinion, the phrase work-life balance implies a 50/50 split. It suggests that work represents 50% of who I am and then all else that defines me as ...