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Camaraderie: “People Chemistry” At Work

Everybody needs friends. One of the most famous questions of the 12 posed by the Gallup Q12 Employee Engagement Survey is “I have a best friend at work.” Many challenged the question as irrelevant. Then, decades worth of research shows that employees with healthy social connections at work along with teams that possess a deep…
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Reframe to Reclaim Clarity

By Heidi Lewerenz | July 29, 2020 |

When we moved a few years ago into a different home, we brought with us boxes of photos and photo frames. Yet, as we unpacked, not everything fit in the new house the same way it had before. We had to make choices about what to frame and what images to hang.   As I reflect…

When the Way Forward Isn’t Clear

By Jasmine Crandall | July 22, 2020 |

While I like to think I’m a rather patient person, I admit detours are not my favorite thing. Whether they are on the road, or in my business it’s frustrating to find my pre-planned path blocked. Can you relate? You know where you’re headed, you have a plan to get there…but the way forward is…

3 Powerful Questions to Unlock Clarity in Crisis

By Heidi Zwart | July 14, 2020 |

Do you feel pressure to emerge from crises a wiser, better leader? Are you tired of feeling like you’re falling short of your self-improvement expectations? What if you had different expectations about the kind of change that’s realistic when you are stressed? Let’s look at a better framework to help you effectively clear through the…

Four Ingredients for Clarifying Decisions

By Annie Perdue Olson | July 8, 2020 |

When you are faced with a decision, what gets your attention? Is it the details? Is it the possibilities? Do you weigh out the pros and cons? Are you thinking about how to rally people around the decision?  Now, get in the room with a group of people and make a decision … together. The…

Five Ways to Find Clarity

By Annie Perdue Olson | July 1, 2020 |

We often confuse clarity with decisiveness. Everyone expects a leader to be decisive especially in a crisis. “Tell us what to do.” When you do, you get: “No. We can’t do that.” Your people ask for a decision, and sometimes that’s what they need. More often, though, they are looking for clarity. But even for…

When Confidence Is Not Enough

By Annie Perdue Olson | June 24, 2020 |

Confidence is necessary in doing the hard things inevitable in a crisis. It creates momentum that leads to new learning and inspires people to take action. For this kind of impact, a leader’s confidence needs to be rooted in faith rather than circumstance and built on strengths rather than focused on circumventing  weaknesses.  Conversely, confidence…