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Good Character in Business: My Interview With Fred Kiel

We see the correlation between individual character and group culture all around us. But can the character of business leaders affect financial results? The book, “Return on Character,” says it can. And its author, the academic and consultant Fred Kiel, has found a way to calculate the impact of a leader’s character on the financial performance...

Using SMART Goals to Re-Energize Yourself

It’s that time of year again – the one some of us think of as the mid-year motivation slump. Whether we’re managers or employees, newcomers to our organization or old hands, many of us would rather take a nap right now than check off the items on our to-do lists. Productivity research shows that workers are most productive in the autumn,...

Observation, Judgment and Feedback – Join Our #MTtalk

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”Brené Brown Sarah Harvey Observation. Judgment. Feedback. Three separate words with three separate meanings. Yet...

Beating Loneliness With Fika: Sweden’s Fix for Happier Workforces

Loneliness is a companion that many of us have become all too familiar with over the past couple of years. Last year, a quarter of Americans reported feeling loneliness for much of their day. And now, while many offices have reopened in the wake of the pandemic, working from home is still the norm for most of us who are able to work remotely....

How Do You Take Care of Your “Social Battery”?

The one thing that I was certain of when I arrived in post-lockdown was that I’d learn from my experience – I wouldn’t just go back to my old ways. No way would I book myself up again like I used to. After all, I’d grown to secretly love this new space to breathe, to step off life’s merry-go-round and stop a while. To watch it all go by....

Belonging Vs. Fitting In – #MTtalk Roundup

Sonia D. Harris, Mind Tools Coach/Moderator Where did I belong? Growing up, I got good grades and didn’t cause trouble. Like 90 percent of the students, I didn’t drive to school, I rode the yellow school bus. I was not part of the “in” crowd, cliques or “cool” kids. Neither was I one of the kids who wore spiked hair and chains, or embraced...

Having Hope: Motivator, Comfort or a Curse? – #MTtalk Roundup

Yolande Conradie “The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.”Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate Generally, we know the word “hope” as a feeling that things will work out or that an event or experience will turn out for the best. Many people...

Dealing With Defensiveness – #MTtalk Roundup

Let’s admit it, we all get defensive sometimes. “No, we don’t!” I hear you say. See what I mean? Defensiveness is a very human response in certain situations. But what makes us defensive and what can we do about it? And just as important, what can we do when other people get defensive? Dr Supriya Dhongde. I’ve observed that not...

What It’s Like to Be a Published Author – Q&A

Writing a book can be a long and challenging process. Particularly when you hit writer’s block, or you don’t agree with your editor’s revisions. [Editor’s note: reword for clarity!] But, it’s all worth it to see your hard work in hardback, or to hear that it’s helped someone. No one becomes a published author overnight. In fact, only 50 percent...

Rethinking Health at Work: My Expert Interview With Sir Cary Cooper

I’ve worked in some unhealthy work environments in my career – and I’m not talking about the ones where everyone smoked at their desks and there were no windows. These were places where the culture was all wrong, and most people felt discontented and unmotivated. In one of my first jobs, the boss was a bully. She favored those who sucked...

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