Recently I read a quote that has stuck with me. “You bring your own weather to a picnic.” At first I laughed a bit and then I thought about it in many different contexts. If I show up and let the troubles of the day and frustrations I might be experiencing color my attitude and … Continue reading Conversations that Amaze!
A relevant and popular topic in my work lately has been the always present “change.” Two phrases I’ve heard repeatedly are, “there’s too much change” and “we’re experiencing change fatigue.” If you or your area is experiencing a lot of change, you may recognize the obstacles Daniel Stewart, President of Stewart Leadership, identified in a … Continue reading Engage in Change
A coworker recently shared with me that as they were walking into their building on their way to work, they overheard a small group of individuals complaining about some situation in the workplace. The negative energy from their conversation affected his mood for quite a while that morning. These are difficult times. We can’t keep … Continue reading Redirect Negative Energy into Productive Conflict
Yesterday a colleague sent me a video clip on putting the “human” back into human resources. The message struck a chord with me and I felt compelled to share. It discussed the importance of infusing humanity back into the workforce. This isn’t just a job for HR, this is a job for all of us. … Continue reading Help me put the “human” back in human resource (HR).
Yesterday I started a Think Tank in my agency. We are reading The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni for our first book together. Anytime a new team comes together it’s important to build a foundation of trust. I wanted to share a simple and fun exercise we did that you can do with … Continue reading Build Trust for Engagement
Recently I heard a story from a colleague that I wanted to share. She had taken a position in a different agency. It was a very large agency and people tended to keep to themselves. She was desperate for a friend, a coffee/lunch buddy. She eventually asked a coworker, “Hey what are you doing for … Continue reading Having a Best Friend at Work
Dear Supervisory Managers, Recently the Oregon Management Project defined the state of Oregon’s enterprise-wide values as accountability, equity, excellence and integrity. Knowing your values is a key to understanding who you are and why you do the things you do. For years, BlessingWhite has focused on values as a core aspect of understanding who … Continue reading Engage with your Values