October 11, 2013
Lately I’ve been thinking about motivation and engagement at work, what drives some folks to be upbeat and others to be dragging in the same work environment. One thing I’ve noticed is that there is an aura of anxiety nearly everywhere due to the gloom of the government shutdown. Yet as I walk the halls of corporate America, I see some folks busily at work contented with their life and at ease with the turmoil around them. How is it that some individuals can navigate rough waters and others seem to sink in misery when things go wrong?
October 2, 2013
My dog Sophie loves to chase squirrels. She is the living embodiment of the aphorism: barking up the wrong tree. When she pursues her grey quarry, the furry bugger escapes by climbing up the nearest tree. Sophie will then patiently wait at its base while the squirrel aerially leaps from tree to tree then descends into a neighbor’s yard. Sophie will stare up the tree for hours, assuming what goes up will surely come down the same tree.
The Compassionate Leader
Question: I am a senior executive in a financial services firm. I am facing a real ethical and emotional dilemma. One of my staff is experiencing some severe personal and health problems. In the past 6 months, she has used up all her leave and is now asking to have an altered work schedule to accommodate doctors’ appointments and court dates. My compassionate nature wants to give her all the time she needs. But her financial situation means she can’t reduce her work hours. She wants to reduce her hours and somehow make them up at a later date. How much compassion can I extend here?
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