Self-Awareness Workshops

Leadership Training: 5 Tips to Reduce Stress at Work

Many leaders run around in a perpetual state of stress but did you know you can do some basic things to interrupt this pattern?  Being stressed is a natural reaction if you’re being chased by a lion but can cause all kinds of problems if you are feeling it all the time in your workplace.  Think of the following ideas to reduce your stress at work.

  1. Do things you love for a living.  This will help you avoid the stress from doing a job you hate.
  2. Surround yourself with supportive people.  Make sure that you interact with people who respect you for who you are.
  3. Limit the overwhelm.  You don’t have to take on everything at once.  Do one thing well and move on to the next.
  4. Take time to take care of yourself.  Take time each day to take a walk or talk with a supportive friend.
  5. Focus on the positive.  Don’t worry so much about the stuff you can’t control or that goes wrong.  Think about the things that are going well.

Try these ideas to help balance your work life.  You’ll be thankful you started thinking this way when you feel more relaxed and less stressed out.

Take care,


Five Key Benefits of Diversity for Business

Business people frequently ask me why they should care at all about diversity. This is a very natural question and my answer is usually related to what direction the business wishes to go in. Certain policies and behaviors lead in one direction while others create different results. The outcome is up to each company. Think about the following outcomes when thinking about how to create a diversity friendly environment, these are the potential payoffs for your company of paying attention to diversity.

1. Increased trust.

2. Greater collaboration.

3. Resolution of differences.

4. Improved communication.

5. Better staff cohesion.

Now think of the effects of each of these five outcomes and project what each of them might do for your company’s bottom line. Imagine if your company excels in even one area. What would happen if it achieved all five?

Companies who commit to making diversity a positive force in the workplace reap substantial benefits because they get rid obstacles to success. The good news is that businesses can move in this direction at any time by planning and implementing a diversity strategy that, over time, leads to the outcomes we’ve listed. All it takes is sustained effort and commitment.

Take care,


Team Building: How to Ask for Help at Work

When I help leaders and teams create happier workplaces they often ask me why some people get stuck and some don’t.  The answer is frequently that successful leaders ask for outside help so that they can learn new ways of doing things that interrupt the patterns they’ve established.  Individuals have and amazing ability to get unstuck and succeed at higher levels if they simply ask someone for help.

One of the best ways to ask for help is to create teams at work where you can share ideas in a safe and welcoming environment.  Working with others can help generate new ideas and approaches to the challenges you face.  Your employees might even come up with a new process or procedure that will greatly improve your workplace.  Asking for outside support from your team is a great way to access additional brain power.

If you’re stuck in the same rut it’s often refreshing to just have new perspectives and ideas.  Try it sometime: think of something you want to work on in your workplace and then reach out to your team so they can help you get where you want to go.  The only thing you have to lose is being stuck.

Take care,


Leadership Training: Developing a Clear Vision for Your Organization

There are leaders who let their organizations drag them along as they hold on for dear life.  Every workday is another exercise in reacting and trying to manage chaos.  There’s a significant difference between letting your organization happen to you and making things happen proactively.  Do you have a clear vision at this moment of where you want to take your organization?  If the answer is no, then ask yourself these questions:

1. Am I doing what I really want to do in my organization?

2. Do I feel successful and fulfilled when I leave work?

3. Does my organization build me up as a professional?

4. Do I have clear goals for the future of my organization?

5. Do I have a strategy or plan for how I will lead?

The answers to these questions will give you an idea of where your leadership could take your organization.   Sometimes the only difference between leaders who succeed and those who don’t is their ability to plan proactively.

Take a moment this week to ask yourself these questions and to start planning your future success rather than reacting to whatever comes your way.  You’ll enjoy having a clearer vision of your organization’s progress.

Take care,


Leadership Training: Successful Thinking

Ever work for a leader who always sees the glass as half empty?  What was it like?  As a leader, how you wake up in the morning can make a big difference on how successful your day, your week or your entire work life is.  Think about how your work day will go if you think thoughts like these:

  • Another day another dollar.
  • I hate my work.
  • I don’t want to get out of bed.
  • I hate my job.
  • I don’t feel like doing anything new.
  • I lost my slippers.
  • I wish those birds would shut up.
  • I can’t deal with my employees.
  • I won’t get any clients.

You might be better off staying in bed if you think these thoughts because they are going to lead you toward stagnation or lack of motivation and will do the same for your workplace.  Think about what kind of results you might get if you think the following thoughts:

  • I’m going to make my work meaningful.
  • I’m looking forward to the people I’ll meet today.
  • I’ve designed work activities I enjoy.
  • It’s going to be a great day.
  • I love the sound of birds chirping.
  • Nothing can stop me today.
  • My workplace is full of opportunities.
  • I love the work I do.

It may feel a little different at first, but thinking in a positive way actually leads you in a positive direction.  If you think you’re going to fail you will, if you envision success you’re more likely to create those results.  How you think about your workplace will deeply affect the way your career unfolds.

How will you practice successful thinking?

Take care,