Editor's note: This is a guest post by Kerra Bolton. Change was in the air and Natalie, my client, was scared. The nonprofit where Natalie worked for 20 years recently called a meeting to announce organizational changes, including hiring freelancers for tasks that had been within her scope of … [Read more...] about How to Pivot Strategically
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Nancy Seibel. It’s hard to tell anyone you have cancer, especially early on. Your emotions are still stirred up and raw. Every time you tell someone new about your condition, they react with shock, grief, or some combination of the two. You find yourself in … [Read more...] about How to Tell Your Clients You Have Cancer
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Ryan McRae. Your Instagram probably looks like mine. Friends at the pool. Mojitos and margaritas on the menu. Vacations, trips, and barbecues abound. If that’s your Instagram feed, the idea of “getting stuff done” might sound a little painful. It’s … [Read more...] about How to Make the Most of Summertime Projects (to Get You Through Winter)
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Breanne Dyck. Have you ever heard a piano that sounds tinny? Or one that sounds a little thin, cheap, or a bit like it came out of some old-timey saloon? It’s not that it sounds desperately out of tune per se…but it’s clearly not the robust, warm, rich … [Read more...] about A Musician’s Lessons on Leadership
The free planners for July are now available on the Free Planners page. For many of us in the northern hemisphere, now is the time we tend to put our feet up and take a break on our projects. If taking care of yourself is what’s calling you, then by all means hang up that hammock, grab a book, … [Read more...] about The Free Planners for July 2018 Are Available from Productive Flourishing
Self-compassion permeates our work here. It's not some special icing on the flourishing cake we're cooking. It's an essential ingredient. While you may be able to succeed without self-compassion for a while, you won't thrive — at some point, the harm, suffering, pain, or neglect you put yourself … [Read more...] about The Foundation of True Self-Care Is Self-Compassion
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. – Henry Ford Ideas have an annoying habit of showing up as either loose goals or “wouldn’t it be cool/nice/fun if…” nudges. Fantastic, but they aren’t doable ideas. They just take up residence in that already crowded part of your brain … [Read more...] about The 5 Must-Practice Skills For Doing Your Best Work
We’ve all had those moments when we are engrossed in work and something (usually someone) comes out of nowhere and gives a gentle or not so gentle nudge. “Hey, I’m here! Pay attention!” Perhaps you are concentrating intently on a project; haven’t taken a break in three hours; or are in the flow … [Read more...] about 5 Questions You Need to Ask to Create Space for Joy
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Lisa Robbin Young. My oldest child spent more than two years living in an outdoor wilderness camp for boys with emotional problems. The one mantra drilled into us, parents and campers alike, was the one thing the boys did every day... “Plan. Do. … [Read more...] about How Can You Improve Your Annual Planning?
Is it time to surrender? For me the answer is “Yes!” It’s not an excited “yes,” though. It’s an, “Can I ease into this one inch at a time, backwards, and with my eyes closed?” kind of yes. It’s not a familiar place to be. I’m more comfortable with a certain “yes” rather than a resolved one. I … [Read more...] about Is It Time to Surrender?