Recognizing Boredom

Mistakes.

Missed deadlines.

Missed time.

These are all classic symptoms of boredom.  Actually one could make an argument that they speak to employee engagement but for today let’s consider boredom.  Here is Wikipedia’s definition:

Boredom is an emotional state experienced during periods lacking activity or when individuals are uninterested in their surroundings.

(If the psychological aspects of boredom interest you, you may want to read more here.)

Change the environment.

When was the last time you shook things up at work to provoke thought and provide variety?  Little things – like holding a meeting in a coffee shop – can stimulate creative thought and help pull a team out of the doldrums.  Changing the seating arrangement in the office may not be practical – so what about creating temporary work spaces where people can go to think through problems and come up with solutions?

Look around you.  Someone is bored.  Don’t let it become a terminal condition.

The art of creative postponement

Creative postponement.  Such a soft and fluffy euphemism for the evil word procrastination.  I can think of many addictions that are less harmful than this one.  And yes, procrastination can be an addiction.  Continue reading →

Is corporate loyalty dead?

Robert Galvin of Motorola

Robert Galvin of Motorola - Image by Esthr via Flickr

“There will always be people who value the loyalty of their organization, and such people will always outperform those who do not.”  Robert Galvin

Smart employers realize the value in going the extra mile for their employees.  And great employees demonstrate loyalty to their organization — I think these are the people and situations Robert Galvin is referring to in the quote above. Continue reading →

Genius Level Leadership

Robin Sharma has released a new podcast entitled: The 10 Keys to Genius Level Leadership.

3 thoughts that stand out for me:

  • Being open to leadership learning is an act of bravery.
  • Every genius was once a beginner.
  • Leadership is what you do when no one is looking.

It’s a great listen!

3 Tips for Getting Unstuck

1.  Doodle your way to better thinking

Listen to the podcast below – it will give you a new perspective on how the mind works and ways to exploit the brain-hand connection.

  • Podcast: NPR interviewed author Lynda Barry on why drawing has the power to release our creativity and mind power
  • How to Doodle (instructions in case you’ve forgotten how)
  • What your doodles mean (for the analyticals among us)

2.  Mind maps

This is my favorite.  If you were to look at what’s on my laptop right now you’d see several mind maps in progress.  If you’re a visual thinker/learner you will probably be drawn to this.

3.  Start a journal

  • Writing can be empowering – Journaling for mental health
  • Learn the creative journal method with Lucia Capacchione (click on the video below)

Building strong teams

Graphic by Lumaxart

Hiring is an art.  Even with an elevated unemployment rate great talent can be an elusive find.  Someone from Right Management that I respect a great deal said to me recently:

 “You not only have to find a person with the right skill set and right level of experience, your opportunity has to arrive at the right time in their career”. 

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Remembrance Day thoughts

Remembrance Day is a holiday in Western Canada.  Most businesses are closed giving us time to think about how we have handled conflict in the past and the sacrifices families have made.  Whatever our thoughts or position on war let’s focus on gratitude and appreciation for what we have and what people have done for us.

Here are some Remembrance Day thoughts I saw posted on Twitter today. Continue reading →