Category: Energy & Engagement

How to Motivate Yourself When You’re Exhausted thumbnail

You’ve been working long hours, fighting the political and logistical battles to do what’s right for the business–and just as you think everything’s on track, the landscape changes… a merger, a reorganization, reduced funding… and you feel like you’re starting all over again. Most of the time when people come to me feeling burned out and exhausted–or even feel like

Try This Surprisingly Simple Way to Raise the Bar thumbnail

She looked right at me and yelled across the gym floor with conviction, “You are a dancer!” Now there are a lot of labels I’m ready to buy:  “You are a leader!” I hope so. “You are a Mom!” Well, that one could go both ways, couldn’t it? Anything from “Good job, Mom” to “Is this your kid? What was he thinking?” “You are a

The Power of a Good Pause

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To me the most remarkable part of Christmas is how everything goes from ridiculously busy to a full-on stop. The Winning Well workshops, the keynotes, the 2017 planning, the filming, the travelling (well not that), the rehearsals, the concerts, the shopping, the cooking, the visits, and then the pause. When I walk into a candle lit church, all the chaos seems to melt away. We stop, we remember, we give thanks, we

The 7 Deadly Sins of Skip Level Meetings

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Skip level meetings always seem like a good idea at the time.  A little MBWA (management by walking around) never hurt anyone. Or did it? Done well, skip level meetings are a remarkable tool in your Winning Well toolkit. Skip level meetings help you connect “what to why,” reinforce the MIT (most important thing), help you build genuine relationships, give you a chance to ask strategic questions to

What’s Really Killing Morale and Employee Engagement thumbnail

Janice shared:

I’d had enough: the gossip; the veterans scaring the new hires; more and more people doing just enough to get by… And I was frustrated because we’d done so much to foster employee engagement. I changed out some toxic leaders. We revamped our coaching program to focus on the positive. I’m here every Saturday right along with them. I bring bagels. The day I forgot

The Great Leadership Cop Out: Why “That’s Just Who I Am” Is Derailing Your Results thumbnail

Sam knew something was wrong. It just wasn’t fun anymore. The creativity and enthusiasm had drained from the company. Decisions took forever. Managers were finding it harder than ever to recruit and retain talent. Sam had hired me to help him crack the code. As I pulled up to Sam’s office, I knew he’d be unhappy with my recommendation–which involved a serious look in the mirror at his own

How To Create a More Optimistic Workplace

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You can’t win well if you’re not optimistic. And one of the most important parts of being a Winning Well leader is inspiring confidence that the scene and results can and will improve–and identifying the vital behaviors to make it so. Today, I share a video interview with my friend and kindred spirit on the Winning Well journey, Shawn Murphy. Shawn’s book, The Optimistic Workplace, is so

10 Ways to Overcome Negativity at Work

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Jane confided, “I feel like an enthusiastic puppy with all kinds of ideas and possibilities, but when I go to share them, there’s always someone who stomps on my tail.” John chimed in, “I know exactly what she means, everyone around here is just so negative. I’m beginning to wonder

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