When two or more people get together to do anything, they're all bringing with them to the interaction a lifetime of stories, emotions, fears, needs, hopes, and expectations that drive their action and behavior. Often times things go great, the special mix they create together leads to fun, creativity, and connection. Often times things don't … Continue reading Exploring the Intersection of Getting On the Same Page and Conflict Resolution
These two short videos (I daresay they might even be ads for mindfulness apps Headspace and Happify) offer some interesting ideas about mindfulness. They illustrate how it can help us make choices about our actions, as well as how we're showing up for ourselves and others. Peek at them when you have a chance, and … Continue reading More Mindfulness Animation
Hopptornet (Ten Meter Tower) is a short film by Swedish documentary filmmakers Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson. It's a powerful, riveting 16 minutes that explores a broad range of human behavior and emotion with cameras focused on a single act: jump off the diving board or don't. Check out this link to the original New York Times opinion piece … Continue reading Ten Meter Tower
"Yes, and..." By nature all collaborations are creative - they describe the act of people coming together to produce something that doesn't already exist. A collaboration will result in greater success if everyone participating in it feels comfortable contributing their ideas (however wild or off the established path) and there is willingness from everyone to … Continue reading What “Yes, and…” Can Do For Collaborations
I'm always curious about how teams create their own culture and how they can affect change to it from within. While drumming up ideas surrounding collaboration for this month's article series, I couldn't help but recall one particular exercise from last year that illuminated a fun way to get teams to take a look at … Continue reading Collaborating to Shape Team Culture
Change is about opportunity, possibility, creativity, growth, and making a difference. Unless it's not. Sometimes change, and its opposite stagnation, makes us feel trapped or stuck. There are many factors that go into this emotional responses, the following is a musing on one: how to find choices and regain a sense of agency in our … Continue reading Little Shifts that Lead to Choices
There are a lot of theories out there on what leaders should or shouldn't do when it comes to forming relationships with their team members.** There is: always leave your personal life at the door never interact socially with your team maintain an unwavering facade of calm and control that draws a line between leader … Continue reading Using Purpose and Values to Sustain Authentic Relationships at Work
Hello there! If you spend even a small amount of time reading about organizational health (and admit it, you can't get enough), you'll come across the concept of "psychological safety." What it is, if your group has it, or how to get it are popular topics of conversation. It just so happens that our model … Continue reading High-Performing Teams Need Psychological Safety. Here’s How to Create It.
I stumbled across this gem just now (click here), an article about how to find moments of personal growth that result in us increasing our capacity for compassion. The author not only gives you some big picture ideas to muse on, she offers some simple practices as well that you can start doing today if … Continue reading How Do We Grow? By Reaching Beyond Ourselves.