Apathy in business is contagious, what are you tolerating?

January 3, 2017

As many businesses attempt to do more with less, leaders must pick and chose their battles to keep employees productive. When we allow “busy” to take over, reverence for accountability often gets lost in a culture of tolerance. Eventually, all the “little things” contribute to a BIG thing no one wants to handle.  The problem stems from everyone being “too busy” to make time to understand what’s going on. We as leaders put up with inappropriate attitudes every day from someone and if left unaddressed, this tolerance turns into irritation. What do you tolerate? From placing blame on others to not taking the initiative because it’s not in their “job description,” tolerance for carelessness, breeds apathy.

What you tolerate, you feed.

Apathy is contagious. Stand around the corner of any break room! Eventually, the little things turn into big things. Before long a cultural shift has occurred and there’s a bigger problem at hand. Tolerance drains the energy of a team; it allows unhealthy attitudes to disrupt the enthusiasm of those who give their all. Every time you tolerate something, you probably wonder how long “this” will be allowed to continue or secretly ponder what you can sneak under the radar.  Tolerance impacts creativity. The energy used to ignore a situation could just as easily be used to turn it around.  Tolerance

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December 6, 2016

A good friend asked me the other day “Why are you doing a race?  What do you need to prove?  Plus, you know running is not the healthiest form of exercise – especially after 50.” Wow!  Great questions!  I don’t consider myself a runner but running somehow has always been very attractive to me.  It’s the one thing I have never been able to accomplish consistently.  Running doesn’t come easy for me, I’m super slow, my legs feel heavy and it’s not even helping me burn fat.  So why the heck did I sign up for a 13.1-mile race? Here’s the selfish part of my WHY:

  • Running is a challenge for me and it’s also a gift. It’s my gift to myself, to my business, to my family and to my soul.
  • Every time I finish a practice run I feel powerful. When I feel powerful everyone around me benefits.
  • I know that increasing my athletic performance well into my 50’s will inspire others to get moving. It has also inspired my second book.
  • To get into my best shape/performance after 50, I had to improve my diet and lifestyle. I finally had a reason to go 100% plant-based and I’m thriving.  I’m healthier, my body is lighter, I sleep even better, and I have (at a minimum) doubled my energy.

Here is the deeper WHY: I run for all the young single mothers that are battling the trenches to make a good life for their babies, they are

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November 29, 2016

One of my favorite quotes by Nelson Mandela says: “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” I stumbled on this quote shortly after his death, and I felt as if he were in the room speaking directly to me. You see, at that time I was still holding on to one, just one, noxious miniscule drink of poison. I wanted to hold on to this particular one, this one was personal. However, it hurt, it felt heavy, and it was holding me down. Thankfully my soul was ready to let go when I read this quote. Thank you, Mandela. Are you holding on to negative emotions? How about withholding forgiveness? Is there anybody in your life that you have yet to forgive—a co-worker or ex-boss? Do you harbor resentment toward your spouse or bitterness toward a family member? If you are, identify where that feeling resides in your body. Is it in your gut, in your heart, in your mind or in your chest? Is that area congested, tight or constricted? What physical pain are you holding on to?  What do you have to let go of? I ask these questions because it is difficult to honor ourselves when we hold these sensations within. For example, have you ever devoured a box of cookies or drank more than you should have? I know I have. Overindulging is a way to deal with our emotional hurt. It distracts us from the real cause of pain. What emotional pain are you holding on to? Wh

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March 2, 2016

  I used to think one had to spend hours learning new skills, such as a new language, in order to keep the brain young and boost its power. Here are 3 simple strategies backed by research that will help you maximize your intellect in a very short amount of time. Your noodle will thank you!  

  1. Meditate – I promise that you’ll be more creative if you do. It’s super helpful when you are called to bring new ideas to the table. According to ECO Institute, a new study by EquiSync® saw brainpower and creativity boosted just by doing 20 minutes of meditation per day, even if during that time other thoughts popped into their heads. The better news is that even 5 minutes per day will yield noticeable results. Set a timer for 5 minutes, sit, and follow your breath. It’s that simple!
  2. Ponder – Got a problem? Say you have to deal with a difficult employee, and you don’t seem to be able to tackle the challenge. Give your mind permission to wander. Wander and go back to a time when you tackled a similar situation successfully. You may find that when you engage the brain in activities associated with old memories, you might do better managing similar tasks in the present.
  3. Daydream – Have you seen someone staring out a window and thought, This person is so distracted and unproductive”? Well, d

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February 22, 2016

legsDo you want to improve your productivity?  Then you must move more.  I know you forget to get our butt off the chair and end up sitting for hours with no breaks.   When I think about my smartphone, I never pictured a motivational tool or anything that could help me achieve one of my 2016 goals—move more. Other than using it to time my planks, I didn’t pay much attention to this gadget that we all carry around all the time, until now.   How about if your smartphone could motivate you to get off your chair a little more?   Well, a group of smart researchers found that those alerts that you can set on your phone which tell you to get up and move, resulted in 3% more movement per day.  If you have an office job, you are sitting an average of 9 to 10 hours a day.  And I know some of you sit a lot more if you add watching TV, long commutes, etc.  So while 3% might not seem like much, if you stand up and move (for at least one minute), it amounts to 18 minutes per day!   One of my favorite Phone Apps is Stand Up! The Work Break Timer.  Stand Up! is a fun, flexible work break timer. It alerts you every so often (45 minutes by default) to simply stand up. Sitting down

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December 14, 2015

7 Tricks to Win the Procrastination Battle (Unless procrastination works on your favor.)   There was a time when I really didn’t know how the way I was approaching the things I needed to do was causing me unnecessary stress and a clutter mind.  Now I know that having my important stuff done on time, the house presentable, the refrigerator stocked with healthy food and the pile of stuff to file, filed is more a productivity enhancer than an inconvenience.   How much time and energy do you think it takes to procrastinate? Let’s say you have to write a report, an article or a blog post.  Let’s now say you chose, for whatever reason, to fight logic and procrastinate.   Here is the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to achieve top level procrastination:7 Tricks to Win the Procrastination Battle   Procrastination SOP:   Step 1: Think about doing the work Step 2: Put it on your “to do” list Step 3: Talk about doing it for weeks (to your friends, co-workers, family…) Step 4: Promise yourself this will be started tomorrow Step 5: It’s tomorr

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September 12, 2015

   

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August 24, 2015

Make lemonade? Really? Easier said than done! ‘Cause I was given a few very sour lemons just before my long awaited trip to Spain.  You see, Spain is my chance to recharge, enjoy the sun, do day-long hikes in the mountains, take walking tours, run at 5ks at dawn (my husband loooooves this part), swim in the Mediterranean, take naps and eat very good healthy food with some wine.   I even signed up for a program to be ready to run a 10k at an appropriate speed to surprise my hubby and keep up with him (he is super fast and I am a turtle!).   Ok, so back to this lemonade business.  According to Wikipedia this is a proverbial phrase used to encourage optimism and a can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune.  It was first used to describe a very “unfortunate” man that managed to convert his physical disabilities to his favor and ended up living happily and wealthy for many years.   Ok, I get and I am glad I decided to look this up.  I sprained my foot and hurt my hip a few days ago.  A quick trip to the ER and the verdict was clear:  no bearing weight in the foot for a few weeks, bed rest, meds that I was not going to take anyway and a lot of pity and sad faces when I shared my plans for Spain.  The lemons were sour.   It took me a day or so but I quickly started accepting and eventually fantasizing about making the best out this crappy

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