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Learning Golf in my 50s — Lessons for Trainers

Learning Golf in my 50s — Lessons for Trainers

Learning something new is never easy, but it also seems to get harder as we get older. At 57, I decided to take my first golf lesson. While I’ve always been fairly athletic, I’m completely dorky when it comes to arm coordination. My two sons will attest to this as they’ve each trie... Read More
7 Ways Training is like Growing Grass

7 Ways Training is like Growing Grass

Maybe you have a lawn service. Perhaps you live in a place where the lawn is lush. Or maybe you go to a park to find anything green. For me, growing grass is an annual battle that reminds me of a lot of learning and training. And, just to be clear, I should admit that… Read More
Staff Appreciation Ideas – COVID-Style

Staff Appreciation Ideas – COVID-Style

One thing that amazes me during the pandemic is the surge in creativity. Creativity abounds in all facets of our economy and, hopefully, we’ve contributed as well. I’ve always liked the saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” When we see what’s in the works toda... Read More
Building Relationships through Sharing Vulnerability

Building Relationships through Sharing Vulnerability

Managers work so hard to build effective teams and develop strong working relationships. Communication and Listening Exercises is the #1 post on this blog for good reason. Learning to communicate and listen, however, is only half the battle. Bringing people together also requires sharing vulnerabili... Read More
Married to your Job? Find Happiness at Work

Married to your Job? Find Happiness at Work

My job tends to focus on building healthy relationships, happiness, and productivity at work.  Still, Eli Finkel’s research on marriages piqued my interest. With all the time we spend at work, why shouldn’t we ask as much of our job as we ask of our partners, family and friends? Finkel ... Read More
Maintaining a Growth Mindset Isn’t Easy

Maintaining a Growth Mindset Isn’t Easy

OK, I’ll just blurt it out. At the start of this year, we decided to drop Office Oxygen. There, I said it. It still makes me feel disappointed. Back in 2013, we developed the Office Oxygen brand in hope of expanding our market. Our goal was to appeal to non-trainers who wanted to improve organizat... Read More
The Neuroscience of Success at Work

The Neuroscience of Success at Work

When talking with Melissa Thompson of HarcourtHealth, I was reminded of the unique benefit that comes with my job–staying on top of the latest neuroscience research on what makes people successful at work.  Our conversation prompted her article in Inc. Magazine, 3 Things Successful People Do... Read More
Criticism, Feedback and the Power of Praise

Criticism, Feedback and the Power of Praise

A good leader knows how to give feedback and praise. Just ask Kim Scott, whose TED Talk on Radical Candor, transformed our understanding of what it means to be a good boss. Certainly, criticism may be hard to take, but withholding feedback doesn’t do anyone any favors.  Scott’s “r... Read More
Time Management Tips Infographic

Time Management Tips Infographic

I’m laughing at myself as I think about how long I’ve taken to post this wonderful Time Management Infographic, courtesy of the folks at MyTasker. The truth is, time-management was an issue on my end! Perhaps, if I’d embraced their 17 tips sooner, I’d have shared this wonderf... Read More
Ethics: Can you teach “Doing the Right Thing”?

Ethics: Can you teach “Doing the Right Thing”?

Can ethics be taught? We know the question is at least 2500 years old, as the Greek philosopher Socrates is said to have debated the questions with fellow Athenians, and expressed the opinion that doing what is “right” can be taught. Why then, do only 46% of consumers in the United Stat... Read More