What We're Thinking: Blog

05 Oct

Four Mindfulness Practice Benefits for CEOs

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

Mindful leadership training integrates the practice of mindfulness meditation with the practical tools of management. Here are just a few of the results of a regular mindfulness practice: Stress reduction More clarity and focus More patience and gratitude Better self-awareness Increased neuroplasticity in our brains to assist in the changing of long-held patterns/habits of thinking/behaving

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28 Sep

Welcoming the Benefits of Unexpected Turnover

Martha CarlsonBy Martha Carlson

In early June, I wrote a blog titled “When It’s Time to Help Someone Off the Bus,” addressing what to do when you recognize that someone on your team can’t or won’t get on board with the transformation you are working to influence in your organization. But what happens when someone on your team steps

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21 Sep

Beyond Baseballs and Glass Walls: Minnesota Twins President Fosters Top-Rated Workplace

Chris OlsenBy Chris Olsen

Throughout their careers, business professionals typically experience a number of different work environments—some better than others. Personally, I have worked everywhere from brand-new state-of-the-art broadcast facilities to windowless makeshift offices converted from supply closets. None of those workspaces ever gave me goosebumps (and I love a well-organized closet). When I walked into the Minnesota Twins

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07 Sep

No Upward Leaping Monkeys

Martha CarlsonBy Martha Carlson

You are probably familiar with the idiom of “having a monkey on your back,” typically used to describe a problem that you are wrestling with. Common variations on this theme include getting the monkey off your back, passing the monkey and the question, who’s got the monkey? A challenge I often encounter when coaching executives

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31 Aug

Leadership on a Stick

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

It’s State Fair time in Minnesota and that means vendors are vying for the most creative ways to put a variety of foods on a stick. It’s convenient for the fair-goer on the run. If only leadership could be done that way… HEY, wait a minute. That gives me an idea. Most leaders I know

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17 Aug

When Better Is Not Good Enough

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

I listened this week to a rebroadcast of a speech Lyndon Johnson gave to a joint session of congress when he proposed the voting rights act. The gist of his speech was that while things had gotten better for African Americans, they were still not good enough when it came to the right to vote.

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10 Aug

Do You Know Your Colleague’s Love Language?

Danielle PaulsonBy Danielle Paulson

Recently, a girlfriend and I were discussing the highs and lows of relationships, marriage, being a mom, etc.—all the good stuff that comes easy and the things that make us want to poke our (or someone else’s) eyes out. Eventually, the conversation took a turn when the topic of “love languages” came up. For anyone

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