Jet Fuel for Creativity: Routine

It seems almost counter-intuitive. Routine is usually associated with boredom. In reality though, an underlay of routine in your day will spark your creativity muscle.  Having routines can help offset the anxiety and fear that often accompanies the uncertainty of the creative process. Routines, or ‘rituals’, as Jonathon Fields writes, can serve as “certainty anchors.”…

A Focused Mind is a Happy & Productive Mind

Are you easily distracted? If you are like many (and myself) keeping a tight focus on the task at hand can be a challenge. Oh look, a bright shiny object… In his research on mind-wandering, Matthew Killingsworth shows how losing focus on the job reduces both happiness and productivity.  In fact, it appears that about…

Sink or Swim: Helping the Newly Hired and Promoted Stay Afloat

All too often I see new hires and those recently promoted thrown to the wolves, so to speak.  Beyond a perfunctory introduction to their new office or responsibilities, frequently, little else is provided.  As a result, many are left dazed and confused, don’t feel welcome, and may even start looking for a new job.  While the reasons underlying this sad scenario can be many, I see it happening all too often because of a lack of time.

Who is your Successor? Planning Leadership Development

So, a bus hits you…seriously, have you planned for succession, even if only long enough to mend in the hospital?  Leadership development is an essential part of your organizations’s health plan. Chances are that even if you do have a succession ‘plan’ it’ll be resting on on a shelf somewhere, collecting dust.  So let’s talk…