No Matter the Year, Love Still Works

Let’s face it: 2020 was a difficult year, and we are ready for a better 2021.  COVID-19 wreaked havoc on our lives. We went from a booming economy to great uncertainty almost overnight. We have seen illness, death, job loss, social unrest, increased anxiety, a bitter presidential election, and a loss of normalcy in our lives. We are grieving over many things, including the sense of security many thought we possessed. But the truth is,…

Unity is the Goal. Now, How Do We Get There?

There’s no question that 2020 has been a difficult year. In addition to the chronic stress of the pandemic and environmental disasters, we’ve seen civil unrest and political strife. Many of us feel divided and scattered, and those feelings are bleeding into the workplace. As leaders, we’re no strangers to distressing situations. One of the main leadership skills is the ability to promote unity and action even when times are tough. How can we overcome…

5 Steps to Healthy Dialogue When Controversy Strikes

We’re living in an age of social media shouting and a massive lack of healthy conversation. Why is that? 30+ years ago, there were only 3-4 major media outlets; so by default, they had to serve a very broad audience. This also meant that positions were not nearly as extreme as they are today ,and the presentation was overall more polite. Another factor that has changed with the rise of more media outlets is our…

3 Ways Leaders can Communicate Hope in the Midst of Chaos

There is no question that this year has been chaotic. With a global pandemic alone, we’ve all felt the uncertainty that comes with such events. It was unprecedented and no one expected it.  As we all learn to navigate new normals, cope with bad news, and deal with off-and-on lockdowns, it’s important to remember that your employees are dealing with additional concerns about their salaries, their jobs, and their livelihoods. Now more than ever it’s…

Gratitude: The Antidote to Hopelessness

Gratitude for a Crazy Year Entering the holiday season means time together as a family, colder weather, warm meals, and plenty of gratitude. The holiday season is the time when we look back at the year we just had – the crazy year of election pandemonium, murder hornets, a wild and unprecedented pandemic, and off-and-on lockdowns. As I ponder the last 11 months, as crazy as they were, I’m also grateful and thought I would…

How to: Navigate a Tense Political Climate in the Workplace

Because of the 24-hour news cycle and social media, people are tuned in to politics now more than ever before. As a result, more conversations about politics are happening more than in years past. Those conversations are taking place in many different places, from the gas station to the grocery store, church, school, and everywhere in between – including the workplace.  Discussing politics in the workplace can create a tense environment. Everyone is entitled to…

How Do I Work For A Leader With Different Beliefs Than My Own?

When you land a great job, you go into it hoping to get along with your boss. In a perfect world, your leader and you would share the same beliefs and values, creating a happy bubble of agreement. However, that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes you find yourself working for someone who has a different outlook on the world than you do. So, how do you follow a leader with different beliefs than your own? Here…

How Do I Lead a Team With So Many Different Beliefs?

Every team has its challenges when different viewpoints are brought together. As a leader, it can be difficult to know how to navigate these challenges, regard different perspectives in a healthy way, and try to unite your team at the same time. I put together a few tips that I have found helpful in keeping a team working smoothly, even with many different beliefs in the mix.  R-E-S-P-E-C-T It all starts with respecting one another.…

10 Ideas to Improve Your Work from Home Culture | Part II

Today, we’re picking up where we left off and finishing with Part II of 10 Ideas to Improve Your Work from Home Culture. If you missed the first installment, you can check it out here. Let’s dig into the last 5 ways you can improve your work from home culture: 6. VIDEO This may seem obvious and even though we all have some form of Zoom fatigue, video chats are still are better than voice…

10 Ideas to Improve Your Work from Home Culture | Part I

We’re all seeing the trend to stay working from home (WFH), even as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to shift. Many organizations are choosing to keep WFH protocols in place and even those that are allowing offices to open are doing so on a hybrid basis in many cases. There are advantages and disadvantages (as there is with anything) in permanently working from home, but as a leader, whether your team and organization are partially or…