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

What’s on Our Minds: Building Healthy Habits, One at Time

It can be very easy for some to go “all in” on positive change to increase the number of healthy habits we hope to adopt—as soon as possible. We know how it can feel to go through a period of feeling down on ourselves….the entire New Year’s resolutions annual ritual, vowing to start the new… Continue reading

What’s on Our Minds: Reality Checking Our Self-Talk

Whether it’s positive or negative self-talk, too much of either—especially the harmful negative self-talk type—is not very good for us. Researchers’ most recent findings: People have about 6,200 thoughts a day, and 70% of them are estimated to be negative leaning. Negative self-talk is clearly more common for many people. However, some kinds of negative self-talk when used motivationally can also encourage… Continue reading

What’s on Our Minds: Exercise Is Medicine

We spent this week diving into clinical depression and anxiety, with a specific focus on when sadness + stress are more than just the blues or passing worry. Clinical diagnoses of mental health conditions are common and treatable with clinical mental health resources, including telehealth options, widely available these days. While clinical resources are important to access when… Continue reading

What’s on Our Minds: A Balanced Approach to “Controlling What You Can Control”

Controlling what you can control is an important part of building resilience because when we face adversity, believing that how we respond will make a difference helps us to cope with stress. But being in control of certain things does not mean we need to be in control of everything, especially all of the time.… Continue reading

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

- Norman Schwarzkopf