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Performance Is Always First
Performance Is Always First 1080 720 Jason Lauritsen

As I was scrolling through LinkedIn this week, I stumbled across this post from the prolific Adam Grant. The post was promoting an interview he had done with Prince Harry about mental health at work.    Given the amount of writing and speaking I do about well-being and compassion in management, you might assume I’d read…

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Management Shouldn’t Be So *Bleep*ing Complicated
Management Shouldn’t Be So *Bleep*ing Complicated 1080 721 Jason Lauritsen

Why do we make management so hard?  I’ve got an entire bookshelf that is full of management and leadership books, many filled with contradictory advice about what really matters or the most effective approaches.   Why have we made it so complicated? Spending years as a corporate executive was a study in unnecessary complication. One specific…

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Managing = Caring
Managing = Caring 1080 565 Jason Lauritsen

The longer I study and teach management, the simpler things become. For example, this week, I was again asked how managing a hybrid team is different than managing a team that is in the office full-time.  When someone asks this question, they are expecting me to share how managing a hybrid team is more challenging.…

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What will the future of work look like?
What will the future of work look like? 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Over the past week, I’ve been asked twice what I think the future of work will look like. And while it’s always fun to speculate, here’s the truth.  There is no way to know with any precision what’s coming in the future. If there’s anything the past few years has taught us, it should be…

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How to Stay Grounded when Facing a Storm of Change
How to Stay Grounded when Facing a Storm of Change 1080 608 Jason Lauritsen

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been wrestling with something internally, something I couldn’t quite put my finger on it but knew I’ve not quite felt like myself.  There’s an unsettled feeling that I can’t shake. It’s not unlike that moment when you lose your balance and you hover in that space between regaining balance…

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Heartbroken
Heartbroken 1080 810 Jason Lauritsen

We said our final goodbyes earlier this week to my grandma. After 93 years of life, her health had been failing recently, and she left us last week.   I was very close with my grandma and the loss hit me pretty hard. I actually wrote about my grandparents on my blog several years ago.   As…

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Embracing Discomfort
Embracing Discomfort 1080 810 Jason Lauritsen

A few weeks ago, I took my youngest son on a ski weekend to Colorado.  Skiing is one of my favorite things to do and being able to share it with my son is purely joyful. But that’s not the point of sharing this story.   My son is new to skiing. This was only his…

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3 Overlooked Skills Managers Need Right Now
3 Overlooked Skills Managers Need Right Now 1080 720 Jason Lauritsen

For years, the Gallup Organization has told us that managers are the lynchpin in employee engagement.  Based on their data, managers account for 70% of the variance in team engagement.  That is an astonishing number. And it’s a double-edged sword.  On the one hand, it suggests that if you are a manager, you can profoundly…

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My Parenting Fail (and why sometimes, trying to help makes things worse)
My Parenting Fail (and why sometimes, trying to help makes things worse) 1080 608 Jason Lauritsen

The most important job I have is being a parent.  I love and adore my kids. And I want them to find success in whatever they do.   Like most parents, I find it excruciating to watch my kids struggle.  This brings me to the story I’m going to share with you today.  This story is…

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Compassion: A New Management Imperative – Part 3
Compassion: A New Management Imperative – Part 3 1080 720 Jason Lauritsen

This content was originally posted on the Workhuman blog. You can find the orginal post here. This is part three of a three part series. In part one we explored why employee well-being is vital to performance at work. We discovered that the skill managers need to effectively support well-being is something we don’t traditionally teach at…

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