Tag: feel good

  • Choose Wisely, Leader

    Choose Wisely, Leader

    Everywhere we look, there are tumultuous events on the surface and a calmer, wiser, stronger force sitting quietly behind the hoopla. We see it in people, companies, and entire populations.  As this article describes, no matter how horrible it looks on the surface, we gain hope and power by tapping the wiser, quieter parts. Choosing […]

  • Stop Trying to Measure Up

    Stop Trying to Measure Up

    Most of us struggle to measure up. It can be subtle but not hard to see when we look. We want to get the grade, win the prize, be special. Or at least be in the running, not in last place. Even those of us who eschew the rat race strain to distinguish ourselves by…

  • Pause. Breathe. Look. Leap.

    Pause. Breathe. Look. Leap.

    In our drive to get things done, we often leap into action. But best practices would say, “Pause. Breathe. Look. Leap.” Do daily and weekly check-ins on our own work and with our teams. Then get into action. Do deep monthly, quarterly, and annual planning for ourselves, our careers, with our families, and with our…

  • Finally

    Finally

    Why do we sometimes get stuck in Groundhog Day situations? The same crap seems to happen over and over in our world, work, or lives. It’s because we are focused on being stuck, explaining why it sucks to be stuck, or seeking the reasons for being stuck. To finally get unstuck, tell a better, bigger…

  • Outfeel

    Outfeel

    Show me a company (or family, town, or country) in trouble and I’ll show you a company whose leaders failed to heed emotional cues. Long before the trouble started, leaders had clear signs that could have helped them steer toward success. It’s not that they made one bad, fateful decision. They regularly bypassed signals that…

  • Without Much Effort

    Without Much Effort

    Without much effort, we can tune to an endless stream of opinion that things are bad–getting worse–and we’re all on the brink of disaster. Soon we’re swept away, feeling bad, and acting accordingly. Without much effort, we can look around and see none of that is true. In fact, there’s lots to appreciate and feel…

  • Limit Your Intake

    Limit Your Intake

    Tempting as it may seem, we won’t be in better shape with more news or social media. That’s always true and it is especially important during different times such as these. News and social media knock us off of our inner game. They focus us on things we (rightly) have lots of concern for but…

  • Spread This Instead

    Spread This Instead

    There is nothing about our current situation that we cannot handle. We only waste our energy if we worry, try to not worry, or try to control things. No amount of effort at this level is ever productive. We have everything inside us we need to thrive now and now and now and… Go inside,…

  • Leading in Different Times #1: Set the Tone

    Leading in Different Times #1: Set the Tone

    This is the first in a series of Play notes about leading well during different times such as this one. Tone is a simple, subtle, and extremely powerful leadership tool. We need to set the right tone every day. Tone is the fundamental perspective we use to make decisions and act. The wrong tone makes…

  • Light Up

    Light Up

    At times like this, it’s good to remember: one of us shining a light helps hundreds, thousands, or millions to step away from the dark. Should we find ourselves or others stuck and focusing on the problem, we know we can always shine the light on our ability to pause and choose to feel good…