As a coach I work with a variety of leaders (from mid-level managers to high-ranking executives), helping them to reduce their stress, recover from burnout, improve work-life balance and operate more effectively.
Time after time, after I do a little digging, a core problem emerges. Their lack of boundaries with coworkers or clients is stealing prime …Continue Reading »
So, you want to help someone change a problem behavior. I’m talking about all kinds of behaviors here. This could be the loved one who keeps smoking, or eats more than is healthy for them, or drinks too much, or keeps spending more than they earn. Perhaps they eat too much junk food, or choose …Continue Reading »
I’ve spoken to corporations about the importance of self-care and burnout prevention for years, and have followed leadership expert Michael Hyatt for years. The two worlds collided recently when I listened to his podcast version of Self-Care as a Leadership Discipline. Hyatt presented this fantastic speech to 85,000 leaders at this year’s LeaderCast event.
Hyatt’s case for self-care as a …Continue Reading »
People toss around the word “burnout” a lot these days. Every time I speak about burnout to a group or at a conference, people come up to me wide-eyed afterward, saying, “This is what’s wrong with me! I just thought I was exhausted and stressed.” It’s my experience that many people walk around with clear symptoms …Continue Reading »
Conscientiousness increases your chances of success, but can leave you stressed and at risk of burnout.
“When your conscientiousness impels you to take on more than you can handle … you risk your physical health.” –Susan Cain
Conscientiousness is Both a Strength and a Weakness
If you’re a conscientious person, you are “wishing to do what is right, especially to …Continue Reading »
Communication skills are the key to successful, healthy relationships. Do you find it hard to speak up for yourself? Are you afraid of what might happen if you say how you really feel?
If you spent a lot of your life around unsafe people, at some point you probably decided that it’s better to stay silent …Continue Reading »
We won’t be distracted by comparison if we are captivated by purpose. – Bob Goff.
In this era of social media, where everyone’s carefully curated lives are so relentlessly on display, comparison can drive you insane.
At the very least, it will probably make you unnaturally depressed and unsatisfied with your life (there’s plenty of scientific data to …Continue Reading »
Ah, difficult people. Have you ever felt really frustrated or annoyed with someone’s behavior, maybe even deciding to dislike or shun them, only to find out afterwards that there was a good reason for them to be having an “off” day?
Have you been that rude or snappy person, yourself? I know I have.
Be kind, for …Continue Reading »
What did you do before, that you really enjoyed, that you simply don’t do anymore?
When you think about certain things (or one certain thing) you used to do, or talk about these activities in the past tense to others, do you feel a twinge of regret?
When that regret passes across your consciousness, do you shove …Continue Reading »
What do you normally do when you have a bad day?
Do you react by overeating, drinking alcohol, or making other choices that temporarily help you cope, things that you’ll regret later?
A few days ago, someone called me with some bad news first thing in the morning. In the big picture of life what happened wasn’t really a …Continue Reading »