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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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Compassion: A New Management Imperative – Part 2
Compassion: A New Management Imperative – Part 2 1080 722 Jason Lauritsen

This content was originally posted on the Workhuman blog. You can find the orginal post here. This is part two of a three part series. In the first post, we explored why employee well-being is vital to performance at work. And we discovered that the skill managers need to effectively support well-being is something we…

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Compassion: A New Management Imperative – Part 1
Compassion: A New Management Imperative – Part 1 1080 720 Jason Lauritsen

This content was originally posted on the Workhuman blog. You can find the orginal post here. As the summer of 2020 was wrapping up, I knew something wasn’t right. Despite the fact that I’d somehow miraculously pivoted my business after the pandemic had struck and was, by most accounts, doing well, I was tired. Really…

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YOU Are The Change You Are Waiting For
YOU Are The Change You Are Waiting For 1080 565 Jason Lauritsen

I’m not sure how or why it happened. I’ve always had a high capacity for trusting other people, often before I have any idea if they are trustworthy. I can probably credit my parents and grandparents for that, plus a bit of luck early in my life.  But regardless of how it happened, it happened. …

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Who tells YOU when you are being a JERK?
Who tells YOU when you are being a JERK? 1080 720 Jason Lauritsen

This week, while I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Armchair Expert, their guest shared a story about how someone had told him that he was being a jerk. In this case, he had earned it (you listen to the episode if you’d like to hear the whole story, it’s a good one)…

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My Birthday Wish for 2022
My Birthday Wish for 2022 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

It’s my birthday this weekend. Everyone has a little different relationship with their birthday. Some embrace it and welcome the attention (thanks, Facebook). Others avoid mentioning it because it reminds them of another year gone and opportunities missed. I’ve always enjoyed my birthday. As someone who is naturally extroverted, I’m sure the attention is part…

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Show trust in person's hands
The Simplest Way to Build Trust
The Simplest Way to Build Trust 1080 608 Jason Lauritsen

Few things have a more powerful effect on employee engagement and performance than trust. Hopefully, I don’t have to convince you of the importance trust at work. We have thirty or forty years’ worth of research to demonstrate its importance (examples: here, here, and here). Work is a relationship for the employee, and trust is…

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