Loss is an element of dynamic change

Loss is an element of dynamic change

Regardless of whether we initiate change or change is forced upon us, loss is an element of change that needs to be noted, respected, and acted upon. Failure to identify and be ready for the endings and losses that change produces is the largest single problem that we encounter in transition. No one foresees how people will be impacted by a change even when the change is an improvement. We all lament and experience a sense of loss for "what was" whether it's related to our personal life or related to our job.

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THRIVE: Life-changing events are just that: life-changing.

THRIVE: Life-changing events are just that: life-changing.

Reintegrating back into work isn’t easy after a long-term absence or critical illness, for anyone – the returning employee, their co-workers, or the manager.

Life goes on, or so they say, while the person is away. Work carries on, challenges are met, goals change, and the team sort of ‘re-forms’, either figuring out how to ‘get it done’ in spite of a void if the position is left open, or learning to work with a temporary replacement who does their best to fill in.

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THRIVE: Control, Acceptance, and Letting Go

THRIVE: Control, Acceptance, and Letting Go

Going to discouraging or negative places is natural when coping with an intense life challenge such as critical illness. But how long do you allow yourself to stay there? Can you think of a time when you were in a hard place and all of a sudden, your mood or outlook spontaneously changed for the better? Perhaps you were deep in the flow of your work, out for a walk, or even doing some housework.

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Positive Emotions, Leadership, and the Bottom Line

Positive Emotions, Leadership, and the Bottom Line

According to well-documented research from both the Gallup Organization and the Hay Group, roughly 50 to 70 percent of how employees perceive their organization’s climate can be traced to the actions of one person—the leader. More than anyone else, the person in charge creates the conditions and reinforces the tone-from-the-top that directly affect people’s moods at work and ultimately their ability to perform for themselves, their teams, and the organization.

A positive climate protects the bottom line by protecting the organization's reputation; reducing employee turnover; preventing incidents of workplace violence and harassment and complaints involving Human Rights and Ministry of Labour; protecting the business owners and leaders from personal liability. Hence, an authentic positive climate requires a conscious daily moment-by-moment commitment beyond town-hall meetings, team-building events, and rah-rah meetings.

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THRIVE: Getting back in the saddle after a setback

THRIVE: Getting back in the saddle after a setback

By guest blogger, Liza Provenzano, SparkHR.

It’s understandable to feel lousy when a setback occurs. Several setbacks in succession can really throw us off. However, at some point, it’s time to get back in the saddle, tap into that wiser side of oneself, and look at the next step. Ignoring the negative mind chatter opens up space in our minds for more useful thinking to emerge. This is the thinking that is practical, composed and wise.

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THRIVE: Make it count: Self-exploration of purpose and fulfillment after critical illness

THRIVE: Make it count: Self-exploration of purpose and fulfillment after critical illness

Critical illness impacts every aspect of our lives and our work-selves are not excluded. Experiencing critical illness can certainly drive the importance of living well and connecting to what feels true. On top of everything we are managing, this process can be daunting. When feeling overwhelmed, most of us tend to shut down and understandably so when we have gone through the trauma of managing life-threatening illness. To live as wholly and completely as we are able, thinking about what will bring real fulfillment is worthwhile. The comforting news is that you have the answers!

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THRIVE: Realign and reinvent after critical illness

THRIVE: Realign and reinvent after critical illness

After experiencing a life-changing and traumatic event such as cancer or other critical illness, some of what used to take up our thought space might seem to matter less and other aspects of our lives and desires become more important.

For many of us, high performance or reaching a certain financial status have been key priorities. While these goals and all our remarkable achievements have played a vital role and we have worked hard to get to where we are, ultimately work is unstable. This part of life can change in an instant, as most of us experience at some point.

Something that we all can access that tends to be fairly reliable is our inner wisdom or intuition. Tapping into this personal resource can serve as a guide on our path to discovering what is meaningful, what feels most authentic for ourselves.

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THRIVE: Using critical illness as an opportunity

THRIVE: Using critical illness as an opportunity

When our contract as a full-time patient comes to a close, we are often left in a surreal circle of “what’s next”? For some of us, returning to previous employment is not an option. Some of us consciously make a choice to disengage from a past role that does not support our on-going healing.

However we land and no matter how difficult it is to piece life and work back together in ways that fit into changed realities, there are meaningful possibilities waiting for exploration.

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Lopsided leadership - When leaders' strengths fail

Lopsided leadership - When leaders' strengths fail

In the last decade, leadership development experts have enthusiastically pushed to improve leadership strengths instead of addressing leaders’ weaknesses. This approach may have some success in growing individuals’ effectiveness, but it’s fundamentally flawed. When overemphasized, strengths become overused. This post is the first in the series on Lopsided Leadership.

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Heroic and Post-Heroic Stages

Heroic and Post-Heroic Stages

The theory of developmental stages for leadership indicates that if we try to grow leaders' inner game, rather than outer competencies, leaders increase their capacity to handle more complexity and thus lead more effectively. When working with leaders, we relate the inner game to a strong personal foundation that further underpins competencies. A strong personal foundation includes well-developed emotional intelligence.

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