Celebrating Success

Celebrating Success

There is no doubt that the city of Chicago is on day two of consistent celebration in honor of the Cubs winning the World Series.

While many of those living in Chicago are likely hoping for the fireworks to stop, there is a level of energy that is created by seeing someone celebrate an accomplishment.

As the year-end pushes are starting, take a moment (or two) each week to look at what your team has accomplished.

Need somewhere to start?

  • Have they recently finished a project?
  • Is there something that they finished early to set your team up for success?
  • Has someone been speaking up or risking more than they did 6 months ago?

When you see one of those successes, take the time to mention it in a meeting or grab lunch together to celebrate.

It may create some more of the positive energy you are wanting!

And, p.s. #flytheW

Patience for the Win

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1908.

108 years ago.

That is the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.

Currently, the city of Chicago is flooding with fans who are hoping that the “curse of the goat” will finally be broken and that Cubs fans young and old can have a victory to remember.

What is fascinating about Cubs fans is that they don’t give up. Though generations (literally) have lived and died not seeing a World Series win, they still hope and wait. And, they have been quite patient.

In the midst of the culture in America where we tend to want things to be faster, better, smarter, etc. there is something special about the hope and patience that many Cubs fans have.

So, as you are rooting for either the Cubs or Indians this October, take a chance to also think about what is something you can be patient for.

Maybe it’s that you were really pushing for a deadline, but your team asked for a little more time to make it just right. Or you’ve been trying to hire a new team member and no one seems like just the right fit.

It might serve you well to take a little step back and exercise your patience – it might make the ‘victory’ that much sweeter.

Holiday Gifts: The Struggle is Real

Holiday Gifts: The Struggle is Real

The holidays. A fabulous time of festivities, cheer, and well – holiday presents for your Direct Reports.

Shopping for your DR’s can be tricky. How do you get them something that shows you care and appreciate them, but not break the bank?

ESPECIALLY for those who you’ve worked with for a while (they do very much appreciate that Starbucks gift card, but really- 5 years in a row?!).

We put together a list of resources that should get your holiday-shopping juices flowing – organized by the types of personalities you work with.

Is their coveted desk display a signed John Elway picture? This sports lover would love an NFL blanket (it’s the best way to watch sports games at home):

http://www.fanatics.com/NFL_Blankets

Do they always give thoughtful but funky gifts for the Secret Santa at work? This place is great for the person who likes those things you can never find in the store:

http://www.uncommongoods.com

Do you feel like you’ve stepped into a Restoration Hardware catalog when you walk past their pod? For the decorator, this site could be a cool option:

https://shop.magnoliahomes.net/collections/decorate

Is their favorite out-of-work activity to head to the spa? Try candles with a totally different flare:

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/category/candles/home-candle.jsp#/

When they plan a happy hour, does it tend to ere on the side of a fun, relaxed wine bar? Why not get them what they love?

www.winelibrary.com

Do they come back from vaca pumped about their service trip they just went on? Try this website allows you to give money to a cause and then track the progress it is making:

https://www.globalgiving.org/gifts/

Check these out and see if you can find something interesting. And, be sure to let us in on your great holiday gift ideas too!

Take a Break- Relationships Matter

Take a Break- relationally

We spend so. much. time. at. work.

Sometimes it feels like there is no time for anything else… especially friendships.

When you are going from work to trainings and then you have that new project added on your plate (that you kinda, really want to take on) and your friends are experiencing the same thing – sometimes making time for each other feels near impossible.

Tim Leberchet, from Harvard Business Review, brought some intriguing insights into the Age of Loneliness we seem to be in. Tim had some great suggestions about how to make some more connections at work.

But building relationships outside of work is important too. Even if we don’t feel like we have the time, we need those non-work related friends!

This weekScreen Shot 2015-10-21 at 5.39.42 AM, we have Spencer Haney with us on what he loves to do [with friends] and how he makes the time!


What is that thing that you love to do?
I love watching and attending sporting events. You can’t beat a good baseball game on a nice summer day!

Why do you love to do that? Sports have always been a passion of mine. It’s more of my place to “get away” and turn off my brain to recharge. It’s also a great way to connect with other people, so it fulfills that need that I have to be social.

In the midst of a busy schedule, how do you find time to do it? Isn’t that why they invented DVR? And yes, yes I do pay a premium to record, watch later, and fast forward through commercials.

What is one tip you’d make to someone who wanted to create a little more space to do something they enjoy? Be intentional about it. Schedule time in your day or calendar to do what it is that you love and don’t be afraid to turn off your phone or leave it somewhere. This way you won’t be bothered by emails, texts, or calls. You can come back at least twice as refreshed and ready to go!

So, this week, make a choice to take a break and engage in your relationship with someone you value!

OOO- Returning On Monday

OOO- Returning On Monday

… In my absence please connect with Devin Jones for any urgent matters, otherwise I will connect with you once I return…

Your stomach sinks. You NEED to connect with Sam to complete your project for your boss and now she’s on vacation for a week?!

Remember when vacations use to be fun? It seems like at some stage in your life vacations made an abrupt shift – now all you think about is when someone is out of the office how much it throws off your week and creates more work for you.

Somewhere along the way, we started (secretly or not-so-secretly) regretting when others take time off of work. And, making sure that business goals are still met when you have Mary out this week, Simone getting married the week after, and Matt who’s wife is pregnant and may have the baby at any time now, can be a challenge.

How do you keep your team encouraged (and unified) when it seems like they won’t all be together for the next two months?

Sport It Up: Set up a Frisbee game/ happy hour one day after work for everyone who is around. Or, if your team doesn’t like to play sports, set up a time to go see a local baseball game.

Take It Outside: I know, this one seems a little cliché but for a couple of your meetings, schedule it during lunch and take your team outside. It is amazing what a little extra sunlight can do to your mood!

Celebrate the Returns: There is nothing more disheartening (well, that’s a little dramatic) than coming back to work and wishing you had one more day of vacation. So, as people are coming back to the office, send out a “welcome back” email or 20-minute coffee break to celebrate their return!

Let us know how these work for you or what you do to keep your team unified in the summer!