Category Archive: Encouragement

What Happens When People Feel Devalued: The Tooth Fairy Pillow Debacle

“The struggle to feel valued is one of the most insidious and least acknowledged issues in organizations.” Tony Schwartz Ellasyn, our youngest granddaughter, couldn’t believe her ears when Mimi offhandedly suggested, “Why don’t… Continue reading

Embracing the Power to Predict the Next Normal

The challenge isn’t predicting the next normal. It’s creating it. I heard the term “next normal” when a friend texted me from a Board retreat. I believe McKinsey used “next normal” first. Leaders… Continue reading

How any Manager can Increase Influence and Fuel Peak Performance

The c-suite has little day-to-day impact on the productivity of remote workers. “Remote worker’s productivity depends on one role – the manager.” Gallup Remote work isn’t going away. “Our best estimate is that… Continue reading

The Hot Iron Effect: How to Learn From Negative Experience

Melted synthetics cling to the bottom of some hotel irons. When the iron gets hot, the residue stains your clothes. I learned this the hard way. My experience with irons also taught me… Continue reading

How to Face Big Challenges and Successfully Climb Steep Hills

The Little Blue Engine begins, The little blue engine looked up at the hill. His light was weak, his whistle was shrill. He was tired and small, and the hill was tall, And… Continue reading

7 Ways to Have Fun on Zoom During a Pandemic

There’s nothing funny about people dying from coronavirus. At the same time, we see people making the best of challenging situations. One group of medical staff waited around the elevator door so they… Continue reading