5 Things NOT To Do During 2020 Holidays

5 Things NOT To Do During 2020 Holidays

Charles Deluvio on unsplash.com From the family caregiver’s perspective. Ever since I assumed the role of caregiver, my husband, our two boys and I have opted out of my family’s traditional American Thanksgiving celebration. As caregivers, we are on call and in...
7 Ways to Support Caregivers at Work

7 Ways to Support Caregivers at Work

Charles Deluvio on unsplash.com Being a family caregiver is a complicated lifestyle. In many ways, I find it to be far more complex than even parenting, and sometimes it’s far more demanding, too. It’s also very difficult to describe to colleagues. And,...
Stop making excuses for people (less than 100 words)

Stop making excuses for people (less than 100 words)

We make excuses for colleagues and family members more often than we realize. Disqualifying someone because they might get defensive, “can’t” meet deadlines, have a certain skin color or are too old/too young is just an excuse. It causes distrust,...
What’s in a name: iGen or Gen Z?

What’s in a name: iGen or Gen Z?

Alexis Brown on unsplash There are two labels in use right now for our youngest adult generation: iGen and Gen Z.* Does it matter which one we use for them? I’ve done some very informal polling of these young people (OK, really I just asked my kids and their...
Powerful news about change, in less than 100 words.

Powerful news about change, in less than 100 words.

Did you know you can change anything about you at any age, in any relationship or situation? The way you think, the language you speak, your leadership style, your politics or fitness level – it’s all up to you.  You can’t change anybody else,...
The truth about manipulative people at work

The truth about manipulative people at work

Picture this: Your colleague, Jerry, shows up 5 minutes late to the weekly staff meeting – again. He isn’t dragging his feet, but he isn’t in any hurry, either. Like always, he says he was on a very important call that simply couldn’t wait. He has a steaming cup...
Be a Leader, Not a Guard

Be a Leader, Not a Guard

I once worked for a manager who spent a lot of time “protecting” my colleagues and me instead of leading us. This manager worked for a leadership team who would not provide essential information, like budgets, in a timely manner. So our manager spent a lot of time...
How to quickly disrupt damaging meeting behaviors

How to quickly disrupt damaging meeting behaviors

I believe strongly we all have two very specific rights regarding participating in meetings. The rights to: Expect that the group will stick to a meeting agenda; and Speak up when a meeting goes off-track. Why? Because time and relationships are our most precious...
Refocus on goals every day

Refocus on goals every day

James Pond on unsplash You don’t need another system – you need to refocus on goals every day   I have a confession to make: as someone who loves helping teams increase their happiness and productivity, I am a sucker for office supplies and organizing systems....