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Scientist Call It “Exhaustion Syndrome” and It’s Killing Your Team

All too many of us suffer from a personal energy crisis. We no longer work a standard eight-hour day. Our minds are constantly churning trying to make high value decisions, virtually twenty-four hours day. Our mode of life today—constant stress, poor diet, and lack of exercise and sleep—leads to what scientists call “exhaustion syndrome.”

4 Leadership Addictions that Fuel Employee Burnout

I bet most of you are familiar with this adult only concept.

Imagine yourself in this scenario…

You’re commuting home after a long workday. Exhausted, you want nothing more than to eat a quick meal and a chance to relax. As you reflect on your day, you think to yourself that you were really busy, but you are not exactly sure what you accomplished that truly mattered. You further realize that this isn’t the first day you’ve felt this way. It’s merely one in a stream of days where you have found yourself returning home worn out and a bit demoralized.

The Power of Purpose: Discover (Rediscover) Your Purpose

A key habit of any true leader is to have a clear “end in mind,” a vision or mission that inspires and energizes people. It also means having a clear purpose in mind for everything true leaders do—initiatives, projects, meetings. It’s based on the simple principle of knowing one’s destination early; even if one fall short, there is movement in the right direction.

The One Word You Must Start Saying

Imagine that your organization has been struggling with an issue for a long, long time. Occasionally, the problem goes away; but, it inevitably reappears. People are frustrated with this reoccurring and costly issue.

If you are struggling to identify a problem in your world, allow me to jog your thinking with a few ideas:

Resume Tools that Work

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How a 13-Year-Old Can Teach You to Rethink Failure

Earlier this year, I wrote an article about Lucy Westlake and her dad (Rodney) climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.

The post discussed the importance of winning and, more importantly, winning with others as opposed to winning at the expense of others.

“Winning often begets winning, but winning is at its very best when you bring someone or something else with you along the way.”

4 ‘No Joke’ Career Observations about Jerry Seinfeld’s Career

Earlier this year, Jerry Seinfeld inked a $100 million dollar deal with Netflix.

Business Insider explained that Seinfeld was to bring his, “popular web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” to Netflix. The new deal will also include two original stand-up specials for the streaming giant.”

Are You Building Something Worth Building?

Several years ago, someone asked me the question, “I see you working hard and growing your business, but are you building something worth building?”

In all honesty, my initial reaction was defensive in nature. My mind quickly conjured up – Of course, I am! However, before the words came out of my mouth, I considered the source of the question. He wasn’t being judgmental about the life I was creating for myself. In fact, he didn’t even want an answer. He merely wanted me to pause and reflect.

One Sure Way to Maximize Training & Development Dollars

According to the Association of Talent Development’s (ATD) 2016 State of the IndustryReport, organizations spend on average $1,252 per employee on training and development efforts. This means billions upon billions of dollars globally every year; however, despite the size of these expenditures, many leaders struggle to determine if the investment expended achieves desired learning outcomes and improved organizational performance.