Episode 178 – The dark underbelly of normalizing

When we experience a recurring stressful situation that we cannot change or do something about, we tend to normalize that situation and attempt to live with it as we go on. This is a natural coping mechanism to reduce or subdue its stressful effect on us. While normalizing an abnormal or chronically stressful situation can be helpful, it can also be detrimental when mismanaged. It can desensitize us to things that are uncustomary, potentially unhealthy, or socially unacceptable. Having patience and acceptance toward something we cannot change is important to alleviate this unwanted side effect. Listen in as Dawn and
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Episode 175 – Is your response about you or them?

Have you ever been in a situation where a statement or a comment from someone got to you personally or somewhat irritated you? How do you respond to these circumstances? Most of us automatically retaliate with a level of snark or hostility.  It’s normal and part of our defense mechanism. But for sure, we can teach ourselves to do better in dealing with these situations.  When responding to something that irked you, the worst thing you can do is react when your emotions are heightened. It’s always good to pause for a couple of seconds, compose yourself, and think about
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Episode 166 – We’re caught up in the whirlwind

There’s a lot going on…. no denying it.  If we continue on with our fast thinking, we’ll keep responding out of fear.  So how do we combat that? We need to slow down and go to that place of Be, Do, Have… rather than Have, Do, Be.  What would your higher and wiser self do? Can you channel that slower thinking and peaceful self and make decisions from there? Listen in as Dawn Shuler discusses how we get caught up in the whirlwind… as well as how we can disengage from the whirlwind and make decision from a place of
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Episode 156 – Passionate about forward motion

When I had my issue with feeling at capacity, I struggled because I didn’t know how to move forward. I hate stuckness more than I hate going backward – because you can retrace your steps forward – or take a slightly different path toward the same destination. Stuck is just… stuck.  What is your take on forward motion? Other podcast episodes referenced:  Still at capacity, At capacity, and Forward motion
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Episode 155 – Still at capacity

A few months ago, I published an episode called “At capacity.”  Three months later, many of us are still feeling “at capacity.”  We’re less productive, more anxious, less focused, and more overwhelmed.  Listen in as I share my personal breakdown around this as well as what’s needed to thrive. Other podcast episodes referenced:  At capacity
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Episode 145 – Are you complacent?

When you drive to the grocery store or somewhere you go to a lot, how much do you notice the people, cars, roads, and buildings around you? Or do you find yourself at your destination realizing you don’t remember getting there? You were on autopilot. It happens to all of us.  We get lulled into a sense of complacency, and we relax our protocols and necessary things we’ve put into place. Listen in as Dawn Shuler tells the story of Juno Kitty and her escape… and what that means for us in our working lives. Other podcast episodes referenced:  The
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Episode 142 – Do I say something?

Since we are proponents of a strengths-based workplace and culture, we firmly believe in employees working and playing to their strengths.  We also recommend a collaborative communication and feedback model where employees ask for and constructively receive feedback, and managers productively communicate and give said constructive feedback. That being said, what happens when an employee plays to her strengths and takes initiative when her manager is too overwhelmed to notice? Does she say something? Does she point it out? Listen in as Dawn Shuler recounts an actual experience with a client and their recommended solution. What would you recommend? Other
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Episode 141 – Jack, be nimble. Jack, be quick.

With the Coronavirus epidemic, we’re having to shift and adapt rapidly, more so than ever before.  At the same time, many of us are finding we don’t have as much energy as we’re used to, yet we still might be expecting the same level of productivity. Honestly, right now, that’s just not possible. Listen in as Dawn Shuler shares a helpful concept to understand our shifting and waning energy levels – and what to do about them. Other podcast episodes referenced:  Navigating turmoil, Crisis and compassion, and Are you counteracting the din?
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Episode 135 – 9 questions you need to ask your employees during COVID-19

“For the times they are a-changin’” ~ Bob Dylan We are in unprecedented times where things are changing, not just on a daily basis, but sometimes an hourly basis.  Everything from dining out to children being home from school, and so much in between, looks different today from how it looked two weeks ago. And then there is the emotional component.  There’s general worry and tension.  Some people are separated from their families.  None of us know what to expect. Pick a thing, and that thing has been affected.   Here’s what we’re noticing, in our company, as well as
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Episode 132 – Do you make a big deal… or not?

Listen in as Dawn Shuler describes a situation that most of us deal with on a regular basis.  Someone does something we don’t like.  Do we make a big deal out of it or not? Sometimes the answer is yes; others it’s no.  What are the determining factors? Other podcast episodes referenced:  Forward motion, Deeper Why, Are you playing the long game?, and Are you purpose-driven?
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