Three enjoyable ways to manage stress

Sometimes even the best leaders do bad things. If I had to name a common culprit that causes those bad behaviors, I’d pin it on chronic stress. Stress in the workplace has become so normalized that it often goes unnoticed to its victims until bad behavior shows up. When that happens, a stress-infected leader can […]

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The joy of just noticing

On any given workday, you may be overwhelmed and your mind cluttered – things aren’t processing as you prefer. You might be struggling to prioritize what’s most important to get done. That’s not a bad thing. But when you feel like the weight of a spinning mind is wearing you down, what do you do?  […]

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Friendship Actually

Schedule regular time with real, “actual” friends. The need to always be “on” at work – with the politics, constant scrutiny, and deference from employees and colleagues can cause leaders lose sight of their humanity. Make it a priority to find a place where you can be with those who care about you. Then relax, […]

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Is Kindness a Leadership Competency?

If you had asked me a few years back if I thought kindness was essential to leadership, I may have choked down laughter. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen it listed in a list of essential skills for a leader. Perhaps we can value kindness through painfully experiencing its opposite. When I left a large […]

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Leadership in the Balance

From West Michigan Business Review, July 3, 2008Written by Mary Jo Asmus “Entropy,” a term used in physics and chemistry, is a measure of disorder in a system. To decrease entropy and restore order, energy must be drawn from outside a physical or chemical system. Similarly, when a leader is out of balance, she may […]

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