The Journey of Workplace Burnout

Workplace burnout is rampant.  But what causes it?  Is it organizational practices -- or is it the employee's maladaptive response to stress?  And, more importantly, can you actually recover from burnout? In my interview with Carol Miltersteiner for her new Dutch blog, The Better Achiever, I discussed the 10 organizational stressors that lead to burnout and … Continue reading The Journey of Workplace Burnout

The One-Word Vision for Focus and Resiliency

Vision.  Mission.  Values.  Culture.  These are fundamental tools in the creation of a resilient, supportive environment that engages its workers. If you’ve never attempted to create any of these inspirational intangible organizational assets, you’re in for a treat – plus a lot of frustration and (often) confusion. Creating these motivational beacons to guide employees through … Continue reading The One-Word Vision for Focus and Resiliency

5 Reasons Why 70% of Change Initiatives Fail: After 60 Years, We Still Don’t Get It

Change management has been around for a long time...so you'd think we'd finally get it right.  But, unfortunately, studies have consistently found that 70% of change initiatives ultimately fail to achieve their desired results. That means that the tumultuous work environment and emotional/physical toll on workers resulted in the status quo rather than the idealized … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why 70% of Change Initiatives Fail: After 60 Years, We Still Don’t Get It

Organizational Change: Myth, Facts, and Reality

Organizational change.  These few words strike dread in the heart of not only the employees who are being asked to change, but also the change leaders who are in charge of those changes. Throughout my practice, I've discovered that some well-change management advice -- although well-meaning -- often is based on assumptions about what change … Continue reading Organizational Change: Myth, Facts, and Reality

The Compassionate Workplace: What It Is, Why It’s Missing, and How It Contributes to Organizational Success

Should we expect to find compassion in our workplaces – or should we check our emotions at the door in order to be more productive at work?   Is workplace compassion a “nice to have” bonus at work – or is it an organizational imperative for innovation and profitability?  According to recent research, compassion may be … Continue reading The Compassionate Workplace: What It Is, Why It’s Missing, and How It Contributes to Organizational Success