Meeting Our 6 Basic Human Needs During This Time of Uncertainty

Meeting Our 6 Basic Human Needs During This Time of Uncertainty During these times of instability and even chaos, each of us reacts to what is happening around us in a slightly different way. For some of us we might be experiencing different reactions from our employees, from our leaders, from our families and other people in our circles. And for some of us we might be wondering why different people take such a different response to what is happening. So, I wanted to share some information that we use in our leadership trainings to help leaders’ coach and guide [...]

By |2020-04-23T09:11:50-05:00March 25th, 2020|

Understanding Your Business Faith

Understanding Your Business Faith This is John Gamades from OrangeBall. When Jaime asked me to guest blog on the topic of faith, I had no idea what today’s environment would look or feel like. It was months ago, and we were wrapping up our annual EOS planning session, setting some lofty goals that would really push us. At that moment, faith looked very different. Today, based on where we’re at, it feels much more real. A little background to set the stage. I’m a Christian guy who goes to church on Sundays and leads a men’s Bible study on Wednesday [...]

By |2020-03-24T13:16:18-05:00March 20th, 2020|

Coaching as a Leader: Building Team Health (Part 2)

PART TWO: Building with Collaboration In my last blog I talked about how building a great foundation for healthy teams starts with intention from leaders. To be successful with our teams we need honesty, and to be truly honest people need to feel safe. This incredible gray area between micromanagement and ghost bosses is an opportunity for us as leaders to be present, to inspire and be a part of the conversation. We’re invested in the work we do and the customers we work for, so why wouldn’t we be invested in the people who work with us? Great intention [...]

By |2020-04-16T09:57:35-05:00March 20th, 2020|

The Silver Lining

The Silver Lining  I know it’s hard for many of us to think about given the fact that we are in the middle of the crisis, but I believe there truly is a silver lining that we can focus on instead of the stress and anxiety. As an organization that focuses on workforce engagement and culture, I believe that now is the time leaders should be doubling down on their people. Now is the time that we can show compassion, empathy, and support knowing that each of us is handling the ever-changing situation differently. We are being forced to re-evaluate [...]

By |2020-03-16T10:19:29-05:00March 16th, 2020|

Coaching as a Leader: Building Team Health (PART 1)

PART ONE: Building with Intention We all know that leadership roles at any organization come with heaps of responsibility: there’s metrics to be analyzed, budgets to be tracked, progress to be continuously measured and questioned. It is a constant journey that never ends, but we push forward with the hope that we’ll be able to learn from past mistakes and become more successful (and efficient) as each quarter or year passes. These necessary tasks requires a lot of time and energy and, often unintentionally, the intentional focus on people can fall by the wayside. Everyone is doing their thing, and [...]

By |2020-04-16T09:54:57-05:00March 13th, 2020|

It’s About Who You Are

It’s About Who You Are So, who are you? Aside from the title and position that you hold, how are you describing yourself? Understanding who you are, beyond just the title you hold, is extremely important as it helps you build confidence and stronger relationships with those around you – there’s no faking it – you know who you are and you know how to present yourself, the strengths you hold, and your talents. Being aware of who you are helps bring fulfillment in your life and also in your job. Recognizing whether your strengths and talents are being used [...]

By |2020-02-05T14:25:55-06:00January 31st, 2020|

Theory 10-80-10

Theory of 10-80-10  Take a moment and think about how you react to crisis and unexpected changes that come to your professional and personal life. What energy do you bring to these situations? We all like to think that in time of crisis or big changes we know how to react and what to do. The Theory of 10-80-10, however, explains that in fact most people freeze in time of crisis. The Theory of 10-80-10 is as follows: 10% of people in times of crisis become negative and are counterproductive in those situations. 80% of people do nothing, they freeze, [...]

By |2019-10-31T12:54:24-05:00October 31st, 2019|

Who Are You Inspiring?

Do you know who you inspire?  Do you realize how many people are watching what you are doing and being inspired each day by your words and actions?  For many of us, it’s not something we think about daily, but we are having an impact. There are people who watch what we are doing and learn from our approach. I had a strong realization about this as I was on my Peloton one morning.  I was having a stressful week and I really didn’t want to get up and work out; I was in a funk.  But I did, and [...]

By |2019-07-10T09:22:16-05:00July 9th, 2019|

Stuck Is a Great Place to Be

From time to time we find ourselves in a situation where we don’t know what direction to take, whether it's in our personal or professional life. The goal is not to avoid feeling stuck though, instead realize that you are stuck and use that to move forward. When you recognize this, you won’t allow it to become your reality and instead, you can use that feeling to become motivated. When you're stuck, you have a catalyst for change. Being stuck is a great place to be, because it motivates us to learn, grow, and evolve. You need the right people, [...]

By |2019-06-25T12:18:38-05:00June 18th, 2019|

Lessons from a Middle School Choir Concert 

We frequently find ourselves with busy schedules full of meetings, sports events, appointments and other day-to-day activities that we forget to take a moment to observe what is going on around us. Slow down and take a step back to look around you and reflect on what is happening. In our attempt to check every box in our schedule, we miss those small lessons and opportunities to reflect. While it's important to acknowledge that there is always room to learn and grow, we should acknowledge and appreciate the small milestones we have gone through to reach our end goal. It is important [...]

By |2019-07-24T15:37:39-05:00June 3rd, 2019|