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Meaningful Rituals to Achieve your Resolutions

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 15, 2020 10:26:13 AM / by Trevor Stevenson posted in Leadership, Relationships, Awareness, Vision, Wellness, Performance, Goals, Progress, Success

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 When is the last time you started fresh? I mean truly, thoughtfully, found the reset button that’s hidden somewhere deep in the nook of your mind and pressed it firmly with the intention to move forward in a new direction? Maybe you tossed that pack of cigarettes in the trash can, or you purged your fridge of processed foods and joined the gym down the street. Or could it be that your goal was more subtle? Maybe you decided that it was high time to be more present; to embody the body that you were blessed with and live life in real time. 

No matter the intention, be it part of a long list, or a single ambition, finding the courage to take a leap forward into uncharted territory can be a brooding challenge for us all. For this reason, we often wait for a milestone to arrive before we feel empowered enough to initiate the change. And, now, here we are, possibly the biggest milestone of all is upon us. Welcome to 2020: the age of flying cars and teleportation! What a time to be alive! Okay, okay, so perhaps we’re not quite there yet and these are just futuristic visions I had conjured up as a child, but the point remains, we are officially living in a time when just about anything is possible. From designer bodies, to designer homes, we have the ability to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, does this rump spark joy? And if it doesn’t? Well, what better time than today, the beginning of an era, to do something about it, right? 

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From Holiday Panic to Holiday Zen

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 18, 2019 12:45:58 PM / by Dale Allen posted in Leadership, Relationships, stress, Awareness, Wellness

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You’re driving into work with your mind on the proposal that’s neatly tucked away in your bag; the one you stayed up half the night preparing, the one that could have benefited from even just ten more minutes of fine-tuning, had you an ounce more energy.  The snow is fiercely blowing, your eyes are red from exhaustion, and the unexpected traffic is causing you to glare resentfully at a clock that is advancing faster than usual. You switch on the radio for some solace and that’s when you hear the most horrifying sound: “Have a holly jolly Christmas; it’s the best time of the year!” 

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Gratitude - For whatever ails you!

[fa icon="calendar'] May 23, 2019 11:47:09 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Relationships, Awareness, Wellness, Engagement, Gratitude

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No matter what’s wrong with you, my friend, there’s more right with you than wrong.

This saying makes me laugh! (and you know how I love to laugh ;)  But it's SO true! We can get so caught up in what's wrong; with ourselves, at work, with our kids, our marriage, our finances....That we forget to acknowledge all the good. 

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“It’s Not In My Job Description!” - Resistance in Your Team Members

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 23, 2019 6:54:58 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Confidence, Leadership, Influence, stress, mental health, Awareness, Engagement, Performance

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“It’s not in my job description” is a phrase you’ve probably heard many times as a leader. Whether you’ve asked a team member to cover for someone or take on a last minute assignment, “It’s not in my job description” can be a default response in the workplace.

How do you feel when you hear this? Frustrated? Exhausted? Disappointed?

Getting to a place of understanding and empathizing with your employees when they use this response will help relieve these emotions, and also allow you to communicate and approach them in a more successful way.

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How to have a drama free holiday and enjoy it the most

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 18, 2018 10:41:50 PM / by Dale Allen posted in Confidence, Leadership, stress, mental health, Awareness, Wellness

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Got Workmares? (Nightmares about work)

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 5, 2018 6:00:00 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Confidence, Leadership, stress, mental health, Awareness, Wellness

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Workmare

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  1. A nightmare about work.

  2. A fear-based dream about your place of employment, roles and responsibilities, co-workers, clients and conflicts.

Ex. I had a workmare last night about a Nerf-gun war at work where the Nerf darts were full of truth serum. When I got hit with a Nerf bullet in my back side, I told my boss he was a bosshole!

I woke up before the end of the dream but I was sure I got fired.

 

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How to Recognize Fear and Create Movement in your Organization

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 12, 2018 6:19:08 PM / by Dale Allen posted in Confidence, Leadership

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Authenticity - Letting Go of ‘Knowing it All”

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 17, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Confidence, Leadership

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Ahh there are really great moments-- and other times life can feel overwhelming and stressful.

John, a manager wrote: ”I’m just trying to keep up with the pace and not burn my team out," he explained. "But, I’m struggling. At this level, I need more time to learn about the business and I need more time with my team. I feel as though I am not enough or I am not measuring up and that drives me nuts."

His questioning, wanting, doubting, led me to think about  the challenges of having a wealth of information at our fingertips. Feeling sick? Go see Dr. Google. Missed the news? Check Facebook or Twitter. Want to make news? Social media is crowning citizens as trusted news anchors every moment of the day.

While I spend most days fasting from news, stock quotes and sports' scores, the hottest most seductive news of the day always finds me...even when I am not looking. I recognize that there is a beauty to our information age, yet I can also see how information itself can be a seductive addiction that eats up our time and energy and causes us to compare ourselves to others in fascinating ways.

 

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Do this to reduce anxiety when giving feedback.

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 3, 2018 1:07:54 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Leadership, Feedback, Performance

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During a recent coaching certification, I had an extraordinary experience practicing methods of giving feedback. Instead of creating thoughts of “you’re not good enough”, we did something different, something magical. We created a space that felt like an adventure. It was like a leadership taste-test. We reviewed the 360 feedback as though we were tasting different desserts. As we went through each bite of feedback, we ‘tasted’ each piece by digesting the words and deciding what it meant to our growth goals and our vision for an inspiring future...and that felt like freedom. Ideas for growth lived where there would normally be feelings of guilt and shame...

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Authentic Teams: How to clear up issues that degrade relationships and performance

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 20, 2018 12:35:34 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Leadership, Relationships, mental health, Awareness, Wellness

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Have you ever experienced tense moments at work or home when people disagree, over- power, feel intimidated, defend, offend, prove people wrong, prove that they are right, get frustrated or angry and think, say and do things that are hurtful?  Yes?!

So have I, and I have definitely contributed to these in different ways. That's why I developed the process below.


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