Love People, Use Things

by Erik on October 29, 2014

A few years ago, I went from the crazy busy life of a business leader, husband and father to, what Warren Zevon called, “splendid isolation” in the span of only a few months. The office job, where I spent 90% of my time interacting with others, presented the normal challenges of any leadership role with its […]


Welcome to the Perfect Work Culture

by Erik on October 21, 2014

Welcome to Widgeteam! We are very happy to have you on board with us and look forward to getting to know you better! Although it may sound slightly disingenuous now, we think you’ll find that our interest in you as a person is real and we look forward to making sure your strengths are put […]

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The Secret Service and V.A. – Cautionary Tales of Workplace Cultures

October 2, 2014

“If you want to transform an organization, it’s not about changing systems and processes so much as it’s about changing the hearts and minds of people.” -Pamela Weiss, Executive Coach The recent resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson after a series of events that put President Obama and his family at risk will likely […]

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How to Bring Accountability to Our Relationships at Work

September 9, 2014

  Even before the research punctuated it (Oswald et al, 2014), Google knew that happier employees could be more productive without sacrificing quality. Why? Their colleagues take accountability for dysfunctional relationship dynamics in the work environment and, by doing so, reallocate the time that would otherwise be spent on conflict resolution or mending fences and spend it […]

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5 Key Mindful Leadership Skills That Give HR Its Life Back

July 15, 2014

The professionals in Human Resources have traditionally served as de facto firefighters for their organizations and now their role as pseudo-psychologists seems to be increasing. In our new economic reality, businesses now have more employees whose engagement has been battered due to changes and additions to the responsibilities for which they were hired. Today, the stress […]

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Trigger Warnings in a Mindful Culture

June 23, 2014

As I get older and drift further into a state of “get off my lawn” consciousness, it’s not lost on me that the polarization of the American psyche has drifted beyond politics into virtually every facet of life. Pick a topic: Should we let our kid playing tackle football? Are we allowed to drink out […]

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Simple Ways to Manage Workplace Distractions

March 27, 2014

We know that today’s technology has connected us to our jobs in ways that can feel like we’re 24/7 employees. As leaders of teams or organizations, it’s even more acute. Research tells us that the average American office worker can’t work more than an average of three minutes without being interrupted. We are also in […]

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What is Mindful Leadership?

February 19, 2014

Before getting to what mindful leadership is, let’s start with the definition of mindfulness. After all, discussions of mindfulness are seemingly everywhere: in business magazines, psychology journals and even in mainstream media. To clear up any misconceptions, let’s first discuss what mindfulness is not: It’s not about religion, incense, pillows or candles; It’s not about […]

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The Sexiness of Listening

February 14, 2014

“You don’t listen to me!” We seemingly get accused of it all the time, don’t we guys? If we’re honest with ourselves, it’s an accusation we are probably guilty much of the time. Whether it’s because there’s a game on, we’re replying to a text from a buddy, we’re exhausted or simply not interested, we […]

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Growing Patience

February 20, 2013

As a leader, one of the hardest skills to maintain in today’s “do more with less” economy is demonstrating patience.  We face challenges everywhere we turn: Inadequate budgeting for critical business needs; Overwhelming workloads for the time allocated; Working with inadequately trained colleagues upon whom we depend to be successful. If our patience was only […]

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