The power of gratitude is often underestimated. Many of us were taught to think of gratitude as a synonym for optimism. We treat it as a luxury to indulge in on special occasions like Thanksgiving or during the holidays.
Why do we love Fridays so much? At face value, it seems like Saturday or Sunday should be people’s favorite day of the week. Generally, Saturday and Sunday are the days we get to take work off, sleep in, and spend time with our families.
What change management theory can tell us about changing hearts and minds.
Where have the last five years gone? Since 2015, Pivot Strategies has focused on keeping pace with rapid change, growing and overcoming challenges. Those values got us through the last five years, and they are guiding us now as we face an uncertain future.
Flexibility has always been central to Pivot’s culture. Our adaptability has enabled us to thrive even when our team members are oceans apart. So, you can imagine my surprise to discover how deeply my team and I have been impacted by COVID-19.
These are unprecedented times. The rapid changes in our world are upending our norms and making us rethink how we function under new constraints. My hope is that we will come out of this pandemic with new abilities, new solutions and new ideas that make us better.
What makes goals achievable? Setting small daily priorities to make progress each day. Recently, at our very first Huddle, we discussed setting and protecting priorities. One of our panelists, Beth McGuire, vice president of provider marketing and communications at United Healthcare, provided some incredible insights on how she sets well-rounded priorities.
As a consultant, I’ve been asked to share tips from working with our various clients. What has worked well or what are the challenges? I often find that the challenges are the same and so I thought – what if we all got together and started to share, discuss and grow together? What if there was a place for corporate communicators to connect with each other, to share their strategies for creating magic or mitigating crises?
These conversations have inspired us to start The Huddle – a unique venue for corporate communicators to gather and discuss the questions and challenges that are keeping us up at night. We will bring together curated topics and speakers that will help us all feel re-ignited with new ideas to put into practice.
The upcoming new year is a great time to reflect on 2019, and plan for the year ahead. It’s amazing how each year brings new lessons and discoveries. Taking the time to reflect is important – we cannot really learn without pausing to recognize these lessons and let them sink in. With a new year (and a new decade) on the horizon, I thought I would share three learnings I had this year.
Fall is my favorite season. More than any other time of year, we are encouraged to take a breath and think about all the things we’re most grateful for – friends, family and everything else that make life worth living.