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anna-vander-stel-60342Business can be brutal sometimes.

And when you feel that stress, you tend to pass it on to your people. In the form of pressured deadlines, brutal feedback, and snippy interactions.

Your employees can put up with the normal pressures of their work, but it’s this stress that drives them away. The message is that you don’t care, and everyone’s life would be easier if they weren’t around. So they leave – maybe not today, but eventually.

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I’ve been in a reflective mood this week, which got me thinking about some of the Big Questions of life.

What are you doing in YOUR corner of the world?

Often it’s useful to step back and recognize what we have to share and build on!

unbalancedThe whole concept of work-life balance is a distraction, in my opinion.

The problem is that we usually think about putting our life into tight little categories.  Work.  Sleep.  Recreation.  Spiritual.  Networking.  “Quality time.”

So what happens when you’re networking, at work, and it turns out to be a quality spiritual experience?

We don’t know how to deal with it.

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nextdoor-logoI’ve been connected with the social platform Nextdoor for a couple of years now.  It’s an interesting concept which connects people who live near each other in actual, physical neighborhoods.

It’s fascinating to me, because with all the online connections we have these days, we’ve lost touch with people who live just next door.

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I was a little bit proud that I hit my six year anniversary with Small Fish Business Coaching last week. And LinkedIn was SO helpful to let all my connections know.

The first few well-wishers caught my attention. Then the deluge started. 63 so far, and still counting more than a week later.

So what’s the problem?

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bank accountI have a colleague who has been trying to get cooperation from a partner organization that I also happen to work with. I’ve been very pleased with the relationship I have, but he’s quite frustrated at the moment.

What’s the difference?

To me, it seems clear. I invested before I expected dividends. He’s wanting immediate results.

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It’s springtime! Time to poke your head out and look around a little!

I’m seeing a wealth of opportunities now for people to connect with peers, to get inspired, and to bring in some new ideas. Plus, for many, the energy has changed as the kids get out of school and we have more family time.

Small giants summitIn June, I’ll be reporting from the Small Giants Summit in Denver. That’s a great forum for business owners dedicated to changing the world through powerful, focused, and profitable business practices.

Sum+subThen the following week, Conscious Capitalism is sponsoring the local Sum+Substance event – a fresh and inspiring take on the TED talks that people know and love so much.

In July, you can catch the Quid Novi Summer Jams, a great chance to connect with innovators and business leaders in Fort Collins.

Jams_webThese are just a few of the creative gatherings which can help bring fresh ideas into your business. And, of course, take advantage of Denver Startup Week in September and whatever is going on in your particular industry.

Learn a lot, have fun, meet some great people, and drink some local brews!

It’s going to be a wonderful summer!


This article was first published in InnovatioNews.

FaasI had a chance today to watch an insightful video about bullying in the workplace.  It’s sobering, because I can see the organizational dynamics which make this kind of thing possible.

We’re all trying to create environments where great people can succeed, right?  And to bring great value to the world through business.

Yet.  We’re dealing with humans here, and we have all kinds of failings.  Each of us.

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