A popular topic around leadership is employee engagement: how leaders can help create an environment where employees are enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace. I had never made a connection between employee engagement and performance evaluations until I read a recent Gallup study called Re-Engineering Performance Management. The Gallup study is part of a broader trend in re-thinking methods and…

Most people want to know this about mindfulness: For The Sake Of What?  In other words, what do I get from being mindful?  What benefits do I realize?  I have learned that leaders can be more mindful individuals as well as help their organizations be more mindful.  This in turn has a positive impact.  Here’s…

Ten years ago, I made the fairly radical decision to leave my stable, salaried-with-benefits job to figure out What I Want To Be When I Grow Up.  It turns out that while I still enjoy a good technical discussion, reflecting my engineering background, I also really love developing people, which captures what I loved about…

A new year is a natural time to talk about change.  And directing and enabling change is one of the most important responsibilities of a leader.  In today’s world of global connectedness and always-available and constantly-updated information, it seems like more than ever organizations must be willing and able to adjust to a dynamic environment. …

Mindfulness is seeing increased interest and popularity.  The upside is that “mindfulness” is no longer a fringe word or activity.  The downside is that it has been acquired to mean a range of things, which can be confusing to people who are new to mindfulness.  Even among respected professionals in the field, there are not…

My Fall offering of my on-line ATD class, Essentials of Developing A Mindful Workforce, is wrapping up today, and next week I’ll be speaking at the ATD Talent Next Conference in a two-part session called Bringing Mindfulness To Work.  Both offerings address the two questions that I most often get on mindfulness:  how to bring…

I’ll be speaking at the ATD Talent Next Conference in November for a two-part session called Bringing Mindfulness To Work.  The session contains some content similar to that of my on-line ATD class, Essentials of Developing A Mindful Workforce.  Both offerings cover two core topics of growing interest in the business world:  how to bring…

In a recent blog post, I talked about how resiliency is a leadership quality given more weight these days. I focused on one aspect of resiliency, effectively dealing with stress. But “resilient” has a broader meaning, which is the ability to handle adversity. There is a natural connection between mindfulness and resilience. People who practice mindfulness…

Leaders know that an important part of their job is to help their employees grow and learn.  And this can’t happen without providing feedback, on what is working well as well as what can be improved.  This doesn’t mean once a year at a scheduled performance review, this means on an ongoing basis.  Giving (and…

The topic of resiliency in the workplace is becoming more popular, and one aspect of resiliency is the ability to handle stress.  Leaders are constantly put in stressful situations, such as tight deadlines, organizational change, and high-stakes decision-making, and our employees experience the same stress.  Stress takes a toll on our mental and physical well-being…

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