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What I Learned at My First In-Person Conference in Two Years
What I Learned at My First In-Person Conference in Two Years 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Two weeks ago, the time had finally come for me to speak in-person at a large conference for the first time in a long time—nearly two years, in fact. I’d known for months that this was coming, and I was really curious how it would feel to once again be face to face with both…

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There Is No Finish Line
There Is No Finish Line 1080 565 Jason Lauritsen

Last week, my daughter ran her first cross country race. For those who aren’t familiar with cross country, at her age, it’s a mile and a half run in the “country” (i.e., on grass, through the trees, up and down hills, etc.). She’s new to running and had never run any kind of race in…

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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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