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Organizational and Leadership Support through Empathy

There is so much happening in 2020 that can impact us emotionally.  Even in our usual day-to-day, we experience exponential change that impacts how we feel.  It used to be that emotions were kept separate from work.  We now know that emotions impact us both personally and at work, and there is an increased willingness to approach it differently and appropriately. Whether it is...

Empathy in Leadership is …

Empathy in leadership is often misinterpreted.  It simply means putting ourselves in the shoes of other people.  It is often mistaken for getting caught up in drama, sympathy, or counseling. Many a time I have heard leaders share that if they provide empathy, there will be a line-up outside their office door.  This is not the case.  Let’s look at what it is. Empathy is the...

Creating Stability in the Work Environment by Leveraging Your Values

When we experience flux like we are experiencing now with the uncertainty around the impact of COVID going forward and, even before then, as we navigate the endless changes of life and leadership in the Knowledge Era, we look for some sort of certainty and stability. Traditional forms of certainty and stability are no longer available in this new era. Nothing is certain except for our choice of...

Working Virtually … a new dimension

By now, many of you have made the transition to working from home. In working with leaders and groups on Working Virtually, there are many elements to consider. I wanted to share some ideas to pave the way for clarity, connection, collaboration, productivity and stability in our virtual environment. Create a solid foundation for yourself Have clearly defined roles in your home:  who does what...

What are you learning and noting about how to lead through change?

Although this time is chaotic and challenging for many, it is an amazing time for learning.  There is the saying that we learn from our experiences; however, it is in reflecting on our experiences that we learn. Following are three questions that you can use to support your reflection: What are you doing to process what is happening?How are you observing the new environment we are in? From...

How are you connecting with your team and providing ways for team members to consistently connect?

Moving into a highly remote workplace requires different forms of communication.  While some companies are already familiar with working remotely, others are learning it for the first time.  Structure for teams is important as is flexibility in times of work when people are wearing multiple hats such as a formal employee, parent, and teacher to their children and/or caring for an isolated family...

Leadership in unprecedented times: How are you staying abreast of COVID-19 without getting overwhelmed?

Now that many of us are working from home, there is more time than ever to check news, social media and other resources to stay in tune with emerging trends of our COVID-19 pandemic.  There is much available to read and on which to ponder. However, so much information can become distracting or overwhelming and take us away from our focus. At any time, as well as in these uncertain times,...

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