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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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TEN Tips for Communicating in Uncertainty

By Annie Perdue Olson | May 6, 2020 |

In times of uncertainty, things like change, conflict, setting expectations, role clarity or any number of challenges leaders of teams might face are top of mind. Yet, embedded in each of these challenges is our struggle to communicate in ways that connect to our “audience” so they “get it” and can respond quickly. We could…

Ten Suggestions to Sustain your Stamina

By Annie Perdue Olson | April 28, 2020 |

It takes a whole lot of stamina to sustain through a crisis. If you are a leader, you might be getting weary. At least if this was a marathon we would know we are at mile marker 21 and we only have 5 more to go. There isn’t an end in sight, in fact, everything…

10 Ideas for Celebrating in Hardship

By Annie Perdue Olson | April 15, 2020 |

Many months ago in a Sunday service, my pastor said, “What we celebrate, we accelerate.” It was energizing to me then as I was working to launch some new ideas and I responded with a resounding, “YES!”  What about when you are not in the mood to celebrate? What about when everything that had  been…

10 Quick Ideas to Encourage Your People

By Annie Perdue Olson | April 7, 2020 |

You know those on your team could use a little “pick-me-up”, but you already have a full plate of things to do, decisions to be made and the host of emails in that inbox. Everything has changed and there really isn’t a way to get ahead of it. We are all simply wading through it…

Take Feedback Into Your Own Hands

By Annie Perdue Olson | March 3, 2020 |

Avoiding feedback does not mean that perceptions are not there; it just means that you don’t get to hear what people think of you. People have their opinions about you already; soliciting their feedback merely gives you the chance to hear what they think, so you can choose whether you want to do something about…

It’s Your Job to Grow

By Annie Perdue Olson | February 25, 2020 |

Feedback is a necessary ingredient to our growth. Think trail mix. I like nuts and chocolate, but hate raisins. If I want to get the most out of my trail mix, I will need to pick through it. Feedback delivered poorly, in the wrong context or at the wrong time mixes in some unwanted ingredients.…