Ideas to help you create an environment where people and performance thrive

Boundaries keep your bucket full

Boundaries Keep Your Bucket Full

I used to have poor boundaries. I had a hard time saying “no.” I felt guilty when I wasn’t giving 100% of myself to others. I felt bad when people were upset with something I had done to protect my well-being.  I was frustrated. Passive-aggressive.  Exhausted. I blamed others for “making me” these things. Which…
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Working Smarter Not Harder

Working Smarter, Not Harder

I got sick this week.   I woke up Tuesday morning feeling terrible.    Ah, what to do? It’s hard to choose rest when you have things to do. And when you’ve been bombarded your whole life with messaging like: I battled the messaging and chose rest. But first, I needed to send a time-sensitive email. Thankfully, the…
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Focus on the lawn not on the weeds

Focus on the Lawn, Not the Weeds

How much time do you spend talking about the underperformers in your organization?  If you’re like most organizations, it’s a lot.  The 80:20 Rule tends to come into play with underperformers – chances are 20% of the people are taking up 80% of your time.  And draining 80% (or even 100%) of your energy. This…
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Soft Skills Silence Silos

We’re often so focused on doing the work that we miss doing the work that matters. We prioritize selling, creating schedules, developing programs, designing products, manufacturing, and installing. We head off to our respective departments and focus on our respective objectives and the work we believe needs to be done. We focus on our bubble…
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If it's worth doing well it may be worth doing it poorly

If It’s Worth Doing Well, It May Be Worth Doing Poorly

I knew I wanted to be exercising more.  I walk by the rowing machine many times a day. But I didn’t have time for exercise. Or so I told myself. Exercise in my mind was a minimum of 30 minutes. That’s what “they” say, isn’t it? And I felt unmotivated to try to fit 30 minutes into…
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sugget a work walk

Find the Opportunity to Walk and Talk

I’d like to thank Andrew Kaikkonen and the Lovers atWork Office Furniture team for inspiring this post and the outcomes in it.  Excellent people, ideas, and furniture solutions, in case you’re in the market! A few months ago, I suggested meeting for coffee and Andrew asked I’d be up for a walk instead.  The idea…
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Let them see you struggle so they don't think they're the only one who does

Let Them See You Struggle

I’ll let you in on a secret… None of us have it all together. However, we often give the impression that we do.  Whether it’s curated social media accounts, glowing annual reports, or keeping our challenges from our team, we often give the impression that we don’t struggle. And it’s giving all of us a false…
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Build your team by discussing values

Looking for A Great Team-Building Activity?

Looking for a great team-building activity? Lead a conversation about values.  If you don’t yet have values: If you have values: If you have defined behaviours: If you’re looking for an easy place to start: Respect and communication are commonly held values that are often not articulated, agreed upon, or documented.  Do the team members…
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Talking at is not the same as talking with

Talk Less. Listen More.

We tend to confuse notification with communication. We say “I spoke with them about it,” when often we mean, “I spoke AT them about it.” I told them. Now why aren’t they doing it? I told them. Now why aren’t they excited? I told them. Now why aren’t they being creative? Effective communication is not…
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Understand stress response

Want to Stop People Pleasing, Indecisiveness, Perfectionism, or Controlling? 

Want to Stop People Pleasing, Indecisiveness, Perfectionism, or Controlling?  First recognize your actions as proactive behaviours. Stress is the body’s automatic response to a perceived threat. When our brain picks up on a possible threat, it tries to keep us safe. The physical response is instinctive – fight, flight, freeze, or fawn.  As we grow up, our…
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