Woman peaking through an opening between two boards

A year plus into this pandemic, I still most days wake up and think about the movie “Groundhog Day.” Here we go again, wash, rinse, repeat. Ok, that has definitely increased one’s stress and anxiety. I continue to remind myself; I have never lived through such a time like this in my life. So, it’s…

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Team in a conference room with a woman writing on whiteboard

When teams have an effective leader, they are more productive, with higher job satisfaction, and lower turnover. There are many ways to be an effective leader. Different situations require different skills. Use these 5 essential strategies to lead others: Avoid micromanaging. Micromanaging is the least effective way to lead others and is a waste of…

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laptop with zoom meeting on the screen and coffee cup beside it

We are coming up on the 1-year anniversary of the pandemic which launched our way of working today, the ubiquitous video/zoom meetings. If you’re like me, I’m bored with the zoom meetings I attend. Use these tips to shake up your next zoom meeting. Have a background contest. Use the virtual background video option in…

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6 coworkers hands in center stacked

Top-down style of leadership is not an effective way of leading people. The mistake many leaders make, whether consciously or not, is to believe that they need to “command” or “shape” their team members. Which can lead to resistance, and, more importantly, unhappy team members. Fortunately, there’s a powerful way of thinking that can help…

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Country Dirt Road Intersection

Which side of history is your company going to be on? Flexibility or rigid structure? As leaders, we have ample evidence that remote working is achievable on a large scale over the last year. With COVID-19 forcing us all to shelter in place, that left no alternative but to work from home. That, for the…

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Calendar closeup on Christmas Eve/New Year's Evewith orange maker

2020. A year that none of us could have imagined. I can’t even begin to figure out how to process 2020. Much less my feelings. I think it will be sometime before I can lower my defense walls to allow that to happen. The sheer loss alone is unimaginable. We all have suffered such emotional…

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Wrapping paper and text saying happy holidays

The coronavirus has altered how we normally would celebrate the holidays, to say the least. It hasn’t though taken away all the preparations for the holiday season. Because of these added things to juggle along with our everyday lives, the holidays usually bring extra stress, and with the COVID-19 level of stress we are all…

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Father working on bed with laptop and daughter on his back

Since coronavirus hit and started our adapting to working from home, it has had a very unusual side effect. It has humanized corporate America. When we were all going into the office, we would leave our personal life at home, for the most part, and put on our professional life and go to work. Put…

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