Author: Christine J

Leaders, Turn the Lights on at Work

“If you are the light for someone else it will also brighten your path.” – Buddha All of us search for the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel at different moments in our lives.  (And no, it is not a train.)  The guiding force that moves us to our “next” or inspires us… Read more »

What is the Message in Your 2020 Fortune Cookie?

Two dictionaries have already declared “pandemic” the word of the year for 2020.  Not surprising.  As we head towards the end of the December, we continue to hear about the pandemic’s bleak outlook at least at the start of 2021. Should the word gurus have also considered a word with a more positive connotation like… Read more »

Leading Forward into the Unknown

I did not realize how agile I could become until I was forced to change quickly and repeatedly this year. Can you relate to my statement? Maybe you realized this before this year.  Found that agile could be your middle name.  Don’t get me wrong I have had to flex in the past – create… Read more »

Joy and Comfort

I caught a few minutes of a morning show today.  Watched the latest updates on the coronavirus.  Heard we are supposed to get more snow tonight.  (Have to love mid-April in Chicago.) I watched a clip of Kelly Clarkson talking about her new song.  Being a huge Kelly Clarkson fan, I went to iTunes to… Read more »

From My Desk: Working from Home

Today may be your first day working from home or one of too many to count days.  I fall in the latter group.  Between my own business, working for a technology company that embraced working from home early on, and working gig jobs where my home office is home base, I have learned actions I… Read more »

Ta-Da’s Instead of To-Do’s

How much time do you spend creating and working through your to-do list everyday?  I am guessing most of us have one and depending on the day, check items off that did get done.  We usually don’t celebrate that checkmark, either hand-written or digital.  Or even acknowledge it is gone because we are so focused… Read more »

Accepting Praise

Praise /prāz/: The expression of approval or admiration for someone or something. Ongoing performance feedback are buzz words associated with today’s workplace.  Gone for many companies are the one time a year performance feedback sessions where an entire year’s worth of work, metrics, and development are clumped into one massive feedback talk with 1-5 rating… Read more »

Thank a Leader

Neon thank you sign

I have been seeing more than the usual amount of posts and articles on “toxic culture” in the workplace, poor leaders, and ineffective organizations.  And while I do appreciate the opportunity to continue to learn about these topics, I felt that this blog should not be focused on all of the ways leaders and organizations… Read more »

Ask Your Employees This One Question Now

I read a piece by columnist Mary Schmich in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune that got me thinking deeper about why employees leave their jobs. The piece focused on this question: “What’s a hard thing about your job that no one understands?”  Answers included “patience” from a barista and an attorney feeling like his clients want him… Read more »

Top 5 Reasons Employees Leave Companies: From the Mouths of the Job Seekers

A colleague of mine works directly with employers trying to fill open positions. Recently, one of the employers he was beginning to work with expressed his frustration about hiring. “How can I find candidates who want to work for me?  What can I do?” I told my colleague I was beginning to dive deeper at… Read more »