Tag: stress

Leadership Tip: Stressed? Overwhelmed? Exhausted? There are often signs that we need better boundaries. With picture of a person holding there head looking like they are experiencing stress and overwhelm.

Boundaries For the Win

She was stressed.  Overwhelmed.  And exhausted. She was taking on way more than she could or should. Be a team player.Don’t be selfish.Don’t say “no.”Care about others.  Help others.Don’t let anyone fail. You’re strong.  You’re resilient. Don’t let anyone down. She was drowning in her own truths.  She was curious about assertive behaviour.  Having boundaries.   Changing the…
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Leadership Tip: Goals Don't Have to Suck

Goals Don’t Have to Suck

Thankfully, the stomach bug didn’t ruin our entire holiday, and I got to see many friends over the last couple of weeks. One thing that stood out was the number of people who talked and complained about goals.  But the thing is, it’s not really goals that suck.  It’s usually the way we think about…
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Leadership Tip: Breathe

Just Breathe

So much to do.Not enough time.Crap, I forgot about that…Oh no, I don’t have time for this…I’m not sure I can handle that today… No matter the season, your role or life situation, things can and often do feel overwhelming. Remember to breathe. Breathing deeply sends a message to your brain to calm down and…
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Leadership tip: Even the best wellness program can't cure an unhealthy culture with a picture of two branches with green leaves on them.

Wellness is About Culture, Not Programs

She was sick and tired of being sick and tired. She’d done the EAP counselling.She’d attended the lunchtime workshops.She used the company gym. And none of it helped her feel better. The lack of trust.The feeling of being in regular battle with her colleagues.The unaddressed performance issues that frequently impacted her and her work. They…
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Strategy Matters

Strategy Matters

In organizations, people are often “paddling in different directions.” They are working hard but producing few results for their effort. They are working long hours and getting nowhere. They are tired, frustrated, and de-motivated.  Morale decreases. Resentment builds.  Strategy provides clarity around what the organization is aiming to achieve. It provides direction, offering people a sense of where the…
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Bravery is being afraid and doing it anyway

Is Discomfort Holding You Back?

There’s a misconception that contributes a lot to imposter syndrome and holds people back… It’s that being brave means not being nervous, anxious, afraid, or hesitant.  But the presence of fear does not mean the absence of bravery.  Bravery is being scared and doing it anyway. Feeling discomfort and leaning in. Not being certain, but…
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Don't just ask why? answer it

Why are they doing THAT?!”

“Why are they doing THAT?” “WHAT were they thinking?” “How did they think THAT was a good idea?” “WHY can’t they just sort it out themselves?” Sigh. Questions like these are asked all day, every day, in organizations.  We express them in frustration to a colleague. We mutter them to our tired selves.  We bring…
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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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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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