Spring is springing. The vortex is melting, and now you sense spring fever coming on…for you and your team. Embrace this season of new growth and possibilities. Making Spring a workplace celebration will help offset the “wish I was outside” blues.
Spring Into Spring
Establish Spring Growth Goals – Challenge your team to a growth spurt before summer. Help each person identify
Work should be fun, but should it be playful? Pause here. What were your first reactions when you read those words? Perhaps some of these thoughts are running through your mind: “Work is not fun, that’s why they call it work” “Play is not good for my leadership image” “Sometimes, in the right context.” In my day job, I work with different companies with unique cultures. I
“I’m so sorry, I whispered before he could even say hello”. It was Sunday afternoon, and it was the third time I had to call. He graciously spoke what we both knew was technically true, “Karin, no worries, this is my job”. But it had been a long couple of weeks, and I knew he was tired. I hated to keep pushing, but the business needs were real.
7 Ways to Counter Attack
It all looks so sexy. Corporate jets. Dramatic moves. Microphones. When it’s a Cinderella story, it’s even better. It’s easy to romanticize leadership success. To imagine the stroke of genius, the well-timed leap of faith, sitting with the right guy on the plane. No one wants to hear the boring parts, but they’re there. Always.
“The real story is actually
Your team needs you to show up strong, energetic, and ready to go. It’s hard for your team to run out of steam, when the leader they admire keeps showing up strong. Energetic leadership is contagious and inspires results. I’ve been observing the most energetic leaders I can find, and looking for themes. I’ve also been paying close attention to those who show signs of burn-out (the biggest sign is
“Shake off all fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
Bad stuff happens. Life is unfair. Stupidity drains our energy. We must learn from the tough stuff. And then, shake it
I felt my energy drain as I drove toward the call center. The center’s results were stagnant– it was time to dig deeper. I was there to help, but also to deliver some tough messages. Necessary, not fun. “Joe,” one of the managers, ran enthusiastically across the parking lot. Joe’s energy ignited mine. The day was looking up. As we walked toward the center together, Joe high-fived and
Bad leaders suck life-force from their teams. They don’t mean to. And yet, contagious yawns permeate the workplace. Low energy abounds. Why? I’ve been asking this question everywhere this week (my organization, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter). Here’s the top 10. I’ll leave it to you for #11.
10 Energy Zappers
Blurry vision – Working frantically without a clear purpose is