Author: Courtney Barnes

5 Stages of Flow

When you’re in flow, you’re in the zone. Better yet, when you’re in flow, you’re more creative and productive than ever before. Flow is also about your ability to take care of your body, wellness, and work-life balance. Flow is a mindset, a method, and a set of systems, structures, and habits designed to help […]

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Preparation

Lack of preparation can come at a high cost: it wastes significant amounts of time, money, and energy. Read this article to learn how to prioritize preparation to create more bandwidth, get clear on outcomes, become flexible on your approach and learn to delegate the things that you shouldn’t be spending your time on. You […]

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Barriers to Female Leadership

Increasingly, I believe one of the biggest barriers to female leadership at work is our “leadership” responsibilities at home.  Before you outright disagree, hear me out. If promotions are based on performance, women who manage their homes are at a significant disadvantage.  The demands of a household make it harder to get into and sustain […]

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Managing Change

Research shows that when we venture outside our comfort zone, we become more fulfilled and engaged. But, there’s a fine line between challenging yourself and burning out. Click here to download an easy-to-understand – and calorie-free – donut metaphor that can help you find the sweet spot where you are truly engaged and appropriately challenged, […]

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Meeting Management

A recent study by Atlassian reports that 91% of people admit to daydreaming in meetings (notably, that’s just the number who admit to this on the survey and not necessarily the total number) and that 73% of people admit to doing other work during meetings. Download some helpful habits and tips to get out of meeting […]

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Innovation vs. the Bottom Line: How Company Priorities Impact Engagement

Too often organizations bow to bureaucracy. After all, it is far easier to legislate a one-size-fits-all set of policies than to provide customization that might inspire individuals to do their best work. Why? Much like being in the sandwich generation (raising young kids while caring for elders), most corporate managers are sandwiched. They are juggling […]

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Engagement Is Not Employee Satisfaction

Employee engagement is usually defined in one of three ways: 1) The passion one expresses for their job; 2) The commitment one has to their organization; or 3) The discretionary effort one puts into their work. I couldn’t disagree more. Why? Consider Marvin—a 55-year-old mid manager for a global food manufacturer. Marvin regularly wears a […]

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Word of the Year (2018): Harmony

At the beginning of a new year, I like to think of a phrase for the year ahead. Usually, if I have been doing enough reflecting backwards and planning forward, the right word comes to me. For 2018, the word that made its presence known (or unknown… more on that below) is harmony. What is […]

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