Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

j0178793This is an excellent article about how to keep your head when everyone else is losing theirs.

Source: Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

Workplace Culture is THE Key to Creating Better Employee Well-Being

“Without a thriving workplace culture, organizations may suffer from employee disengagement, stagnant business practices, uninspired products and services, and decreased financial performance.”

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Here the author very accurately addresses how workplace culture and employee well-being effectively go hand-in-hand.

How well is your organization addressing these issues?

Workplace Culture is THE Key to Creating Better Employee Well-Being | TLNT.

Harness Your Peak Activity Window

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This is something I talk to clients about all the time: the idea that becoming aware of, and then utilizing your natural energy patterns to their maximum advantage will help you be more productive and more effective.

Josh Linkner gives some simple, easy to understand examples here:

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Have you done a personal energy study lately?

Why Remote Work Thrives in Some Companies and Fails in Others – HBR

I think the author, Sean Graber, co-founder and CEO of Virtuali really nailed it in this article. What would you add?
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Why Remote Work Thrives in Some Companies and Fails in Others – HBR.

Pronouns Matter when Psyching Yourself Up – HBR

Some people seem to have an amazing ability to stay rational no matter what.

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They efficiently make good, clear decisions while the rest of us waste energy doing things like panicking about upcoming tasks, ruminating pointlessly, or refusing to move on from our failures.

If you are not always one of those people, read about this interesting research by Ethan Kross from the University of Michigan and Ozlem Ayduk from UC-Berkeley about a simple change can make the difference between showing up like a cool-headed rationalist or a very worried and stressed out (but typical) human.

Pronouns Matter when Psyching Yourself Up – HBR.

In addition, here’s a link to a podcast of my past radio interview with Dr. Kross, “Can You Teach Yourself to Be Wiser.”

Increase the Odds of Achieving Your Goals by Setting Them with Your Spouse – HBR

This is an interesting post!

Consider, if you aren’t doing this already, making your spouse a more clearly defined member of your “team” as you seek to attain professional and private goals. This article suggests some great ways of formalizing the process, so that it doesn’t get lost in shuffle of the day-to-day “busyness”, and, so that the value of your support to each other is maximized.

How do you do this? What can you add? I’d love to hear your ideas.

Couple Smiling at One AnotherIncrease the Odds of Achieving Your Goals by Setting Them with Your Spouse – HBR.

5 Ways to Get Better at Asking for Help – HBR

Here’s a great post from the Harvard Business Review, with ideas that not only apply to work and career, but in all areas of your life.

I know from experience, both mine, and that of many of my clients, many of us could get better at this….

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5 Ways to Get Better at Asking for Help – HBR.

Why Leaders Don’t Brag About Successfully Managing Stress – James R. Bailey – Harvard Business Review

This is a provocative article. (It starts out saying, “Imagine you are Mary Barra.”)
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Only 20% of senior leaders let those who work for them know about their efforts to manage stress. Why don’t more leaders share their stress management strategies?

Read on and let me know what you think.

Why Leaders Don’t Brag About Successfully Managing Stress – James R. Bailey – Harvard Business Review.

Play Through Problems for Better Outcomes- Josh Linkner

Let’s ALL play more today! Check out Josh Linkner’s blog. (I alreadyj0149018 feel lighter.)

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How Successful People Handle Toxic People | LinkedIn

Here’s a great article from Travis Bradberry, co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and president at TalentSmart:

How Successful People Handle Toxic People | LinkedIn.

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I would encourage saving it to refer to when needed, (and we all will need it sometime!)