What’s on Our Minds: Saying “No” and Meaning it

Turnover, burnout, understaffing, and a host of other reasons contribute to the mounting volume of responsibilities that many of us are buried under these days. While certain opportunities may offer a boost in making progress towards or achieving our goals—every time we say “yes” to tasks that potentially lead to advancement, it increases our accountability… Continue reading

What’s on Our Minds: Crying “Wolf!”

Why is the Aesop Fable of the “Boy Who Cried Wolf” such a powerful example about trust? Because it demonstrates how quickly trust can be permanently destroyed sometimes with grave consequences when we maliciously prank others. In the fable, a bored boy who is tending sheep thinks it would be amusing to pretend he sees… Continue reading

What’s on Our Minds: Empathy is not Coddling

In our workplaces, to build resilience, empathy has an important role. Adapting to, persevering through, and learning from adversity leverages trusted relationships as a support system—it’s important to lean on others when things are particularly hard. As leaders we strive to have an open-door policy where others can come to us and speak freely about… Continue reading

What’s on Our Minds: More than “I Hear Ya”

Hearing is not necessarily listening—sometimes we can be heard without uttering a word. Listening is not about ear function; it’s noticing, tuning in, and responding to others.   While not much time is spent teaching how to listen in traditional educational settings, so much of what we need to feel valued and supported in our… Continue reading

What’s on Our Minds: Leadership is a Relationship

How we interact with people that we lead—and how we build and maintain those relationships—has a direct effect on followers’ well-being. As individuals, our moods, our energy, our time, and even our interest in others can fluctuate day-to-day. A poor night’s sleep, a fight at home, a missed workout, or one too many drinks the… Continue reading

What’s on Our Minds: Coaching Ourselves from Scared to Stoked

The role that fear plays in our lives can be huge if we let it. Fear of missing out. Fear of other people’s opinions. Fear of the unknown. We have been talking all week about overcoming fear, especially by developing courage. Brian Johnson, CEO of the personal development platform Optimize, recently called our attention to… Continue reading

What’s on Our Minds: Eisenhower’s Box and Delegating Personal Responsibilities at Home

Yesterday, we shared a short video on the Eisenhower box as a decision-making tool to decide how to prioritize your time based upon the urgency and importance of tasks. Triaging responsibilities as urgent, but not important suggests that delegating those duties to others may maximize the effectiveness and productivity of your own time. Delegating means entrusting a… Continue reading

What’s on Our Minds: “Taking it Back”—Overcoming a Regretted Decision

Over the thousands of decisions that we make each day—some very superficial in nature (like whether to drink juice or water with breakfast) or some potentially more substantial (ride my bicycle or drive to work), we know that impulsivity, uncertainty and complexity can lead us to make bad decisions.  Even if we didn’t realize it… Continue reading

What’s on Our Minds: Growth After Loss Is Possible

The idea that anything good can come from grief, loss or trauma may be difficult to grasp. So much messaging around life’s most harrowing events is that sadly, life will never be the same again. And while life will never be the same again— “not the same again” does not mean it won’t get better.  While… Continue reading

What’s on Our Minds: Trying Hard vs. Growth Mindset

This week, we have been unpacking the psychological concept known as growth mindset—the belief that while genetics impact our talents, interests, abilities, character, and intelligence—they can all be developed through effort and perseverance.  Every RCI weekly theme has multiple layers, and this week is no different.  To expound a bit…while the impulse to support other… Continue reading

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”

- Norman Schwarzkopf