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Is a “Thank You” too much to ask?
Is a “Thank You” too much to ask? 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

I’m a fan of the This American Life podcast. I rarely miss an episode. In a recent episode titled “Essential,” they talk to a series of people whose jobs were deemed essential during the pandemic about how their experience working through COVID changed them. As I listened, hearing these stories really reminded me of the…

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Are we okay?
Are we okay? 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

At least in some places (like where I live in Nebraska), it can be easy to forget that we are still trying to escape a pandemic. We are all anxious and ready to move on and move forward. I know I am. But in our fervor to get back in action, we need to remember…

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How to Quickly Build Connection
How to Quickly Build Connection 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

In 2012, I published my first book, Social Gravity, with my coauthor and long-time BFF, Joe Gerstandt. We wrote the book to share what we had learned about the importance of networks and relationships to achieve important things in your life. Joe and I met while working at a small, headhunting firm that made Michael…

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Campfire Conversations on the Future of Work
Campfire Conversations on the Future of Work 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Things are changing fast at work. Where, when, and how we work is undergoing a transformation that might be leaving you feeling unsettled and unprepared for what lies ahead. With a recent Monster.com study suggesting as many as 95% of people are looking for new jobs, it’s time to think beyond “do we really need…

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Self-Care is a Management Skill
Self-Care is a Management Skill 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

I didn’t get it. When I heard people talking about self-care, it conjured up images of self-indulgent escapism. Self-care was going for a spa day or taking time for a guilty pleasure to forget about the challenges of life. It didn’t feel like something relevant to me. But I was wrong. Self-care is vital. In…

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[Video] What if your team (and you) don’t want to come back to the office but you have no choice?
[Video] What if your team (and you) don’t want to come back to the office but you have no choice? 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

What do you do if your organization has decided that everyone is coming back to the office and your people don’t want to come? And what if you feel the same way? One of the most challenging times to manage is when you get stuck between a company decision (that you may not agree with)…

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5 Words to Help You Master the Future of Work
5 Words to Help You Master the Future of Work 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Some of the best advice I ever got came almost 30 years ago. I was in high school.  Being a bonafide band nerd, I was spending a week of my summer vacation at the Clark Terry Jazz Camp hoping to polish my trumpet skills enough to become king of nerds—First Chair Trumpet. (Not sure that’s…

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The Simple Way to Avoid Being a Bad Boss
The Simple Way to Avoid Being a Bad Boss 1080 608 Jason Lauritsen

While it’s been a long time since it first happened, I still remember the gravity of the responsibility I felt when first asked to supervise people at work.  A manager has a profound impact not just on our experience at work but also on our life. When you get it wrong, there are real consequences…

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[Video] Do You Have This Management Blindspot?
[Video] Do You Have This Management Blindspot? 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Over the past year, you’ve probably learned that when a team is “distributed,” it becomes more complicated to manage. And we’ve focused a lot of attention on how being distributed out of a centralized office location has changed how we manage and work. Distributed = greater management complexity. But there’s a bigger lesson we should…

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Managing Through Love
Managing Through Love 1080 720 Jason Lauritsen

Dr. Vivek Murthy, the United States Surgeon General, recently gave the commencement address to the UC Berkeley School of Public Health graduates.  In his comments, he provided some interesting and compelling advice to these graduates, most of whom are entering into a life of service through public health. Among his closing remarks, he said something…

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