Slow Down To Do More: “How Everything Is Interrelated When It Comes To Our Energy” with Ashley Graber and Sarah Deane

As a part of my series about “How to Slow Down To Do More” I had the pleasure to interview Sarah Deane, the Founder of EffectUX and the creator of EMQ — a research-based system that rapidly and accurately pinpoints de-energizing behaviors and transforms them into positively energizing habits through informative content, coaching, and behavior modification. 

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How to Build Resilient Leadership: A Q&A with Sarah Deane, Founder of effectUX

When considering making any type of organizational changes, gathering data is certainly the first pertinent step. However, have you ever wondered how to effectively analyze and action the gained results? Sarah Deane, Founder of effectUX, does precisely that. After identifying a trend within the feedback gathering process – namely, that organizations cared about and spent considerable resources obtaining data but hit a wall when attempting to make sense of it – Deane now spends her time using technology and data to help people, teams, and organizations meet their goals. Deane also shares her expertise to help underrepresented people, suppressed voices, and underestimated women achieve their full authentic selves and goals.

To better understand the factors that shape this complex matrix of measuring and leveraging data to effectively work towards and achieve goals, we asked Deane a series of questions about how best to empower leaders with the necessary tools for building and maintaining authentic and resilient leadership.When considering making any type of organizational changes, gathering data is certainly the first pertinent step.

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Gather Better Workforce Feedback to Improve Workplace Culture

A key component of any successful employee engagement strategy is understanding your employees’ needs and delivering what you can to address them. This requires leadership to actively ask for workforce feedback on the workplace. The best leaders stay attuned to their employees’ needs with frequent check-ins.

With these ideas in mind, what are some employee engagement strategies, and how can leadership best leverage them to gather workforce feedback and improve organizational culture?

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5 Ways That Managers Can Help Decrease Burnout and Stress for Their Employees

Levels of burnout and stress are concerning to say the least.  A Gallup study found that 23 percent of employees reported feeling burned out at work very often or always, while an additional 44 percent reported feeling burned out sometimes, leading to decreased wellbeing and health as well as increased health-care and business costs.  There are several approaches that can be used to proactively avoid burnout as well as deal with it if you do find yourself in a state of burnout, from both an individual and organizational level.  The Gallup study also found that employees who felt supported by their managers were overwhelmingly less likely to experience burnout on a regular basis.  From our work helping managers cultivate leadership skills that empower a positively energized and productive culture, here are some considerations for those who want to support their employees feel less stressed!

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Making 2019 Your Best Year Yet!

As the new year rolls around, the usual reflections take place.  Did I lose those 10 pounds? Did I eat healthily? Did I achieve my professional goals? Did I spend time with friends and family?  We have all been there. Set our new year resolutions for the changes we want to see in our lives, just to find that we lose motivation and give up not too soon after.  In 2019, to make it your best year yet, try instead changing “how you change”. By changing the process of how you engage new behaviors, you can create lasting habits that lead to a happier and healthier you.  Developing the mindsets and behaviors that enable you to achieve your goals will allow you to best attain them. 

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5 Morning Routine Hacks for a Positive and Productive Day (Even During the Holidays)

We are all busy–struggling to divvy up the 24 hours in our day for our demands at work, life responsibilities, sleeping, eating, and exercising…not to mention trying to spend time on ourselves and with others. Then along comes holiday season (which, each year, I swear arrives faster and faster) and it becomes even more hectic. With events, gift-buying, and year ends added in, levels of stress can increase, and we can feel so overwhelmed that we don’t even know where to begin. In fact, a survey from Healthline showed that 62% of respondents experienced elevated stress during the festive season. Extra stressors include family dynamics and relationships, financial demands, and maintaining other responsibilities–basically, fitting it all in.

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Making Your Inner Voice Work For You

That inner voice…telling you that you can’t do something or that you should be doing something. Telling you how badly you messed up or telling you what an idiot you are. We all have one. We all have a voice telling us what we should have done differently, wondering and questioning how good we are, or reminding us of past mistakes. It comes from years of experiences and interactions with parents, friends, and colleagues.

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The Innovative Organization: Environment, Mindset, and Behaviors

“We do innovation” or, “we are innovative”, and numerous other phrases are used time and time again by leaders to explain just how innovative their organizations are. However, sometimes upon further discussion, sadly, you come to find that in reality they may have an Innovation Lab, rooms filled with white boards, lots of sticky notes, and sleep pods, but do not really have the environment, people, processes, or infrastructure in place to enable ideas to thrive, be tried, vetted, and brought into fruition strategically – for the benefit of their customers, employees, or the business…

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3 Traits of Managers Who Empower High Performance and Engagement

A focus on Employee Success

Billions upon billions are spent on leadership training and development and studies demonstrate that many companies plan to increase this, with priorities including growing the succession pipeline, retaining high potential employees, and fostering innovation and creative thinking. Even with all of this investment, with the state of the leadership landscape, 77% of organizations are experiencing a leadership gap. Going beyond the typical skills you associate with leadership, in 2017 the Engagement Institute identified stressed leaders as a large cause of employee disengagement, however, stress is on the rise with as many as 8/10 Americans afflicted by stress….

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Some Takeaways from a Fireside Chat with Amazon Leadership

We were recently invited to participate at the United State of Women Summit, partnering with equallet and Amazon who sponsored our prize draw. We were there to conduct some live data analytics to explore the various challenges, mindsets, and behavioral blockers that were most frequently being experienced by women. During our time there, we were lucky to be invited to a fireside chat by Amazon’s Glynis Moore, with some of their female leadership - Miriam Daniel and Meeta Mishra. Their stories definitely resonated with the audience and there were many great points made - so here are some that can serve as good reminders for anyone!

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The Wonders of Setting and Maintaining Boundaries

There is always so much to do. In life and at work, the demands and responsibilities seem to be never ending. For years in corporate it was so easy for me to get consumed by what “needed” to be done, those fires to put out, the 50th iteration of a deck, the meeting to plan for the planning meeting for another meeting....

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This One Thing Could Be Causing You to Be Unhappy and Less Productive, Even if You Excel at What You Do

Think about this situation... you created a presentation for a meeting. During the meeting some of the other people question you in what seems like an attacking way. After the meeting you think about, what could you have said? What should you have presented? Maybe you do not know the subject as much as you think you did? What should you have said to them in the moment? You go home, and along your drive you are still thinking about it. You try and forget it so that you can watch a show with loved ones, or eat dinner with your family, but you are still thinking about it. You go to bed, but you are still thinking about it. This, is rumination. Rumination is any situation where you replay an event repeatedly in your mind, mulling it over and over.

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Executive Presence for Women - Panel Takeaways

Recently I was honored to be a part of a panel during the inspirational Allison Kluger’s workshop on Executive Presence for Women at Stanford - where she covers topics such as how people carry themselves, present themselves, communicate with others, and project competence and calm. I was joined by some incredibly talented women, who had many nuggets of wisdom to share - Yolanda Mangolini (Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Google), Kathrina Miranda (CEO at MiMA), and, Nadine Terman (CEO, Solstein Capital). There were so many great points made, here are just a few that I took away!

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3 Reasons Why Your Investment In Leadership and Employee Development Are Not Achieving The Desired Outcomes

We have been working with many organizations and individuals on growing their behaviors and mindset to enable them to better take lead of their lives. As such, we have been privy to many conversations about the challenges faced by leaders, managers, and individual employees alike when it comes to development that helps drive the business and personal outcomes that matter to people. While there are several reasons that we came across, we wanted to share the top 3 most commonly found to be hindering the value that development efforts delivered.

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The Top 3 Reasons People are not Feeling their Best Selves

The word mindful--or mindfulness --has exploded in recent years, for many reasons and most importantly for many benefits - even though the concepts and practice has been around for ages. That seems to be the trend with many industry crazes, a concept that has been around for some time, which when applied in the right way can be incredibly valuable, arises, gains popularity, and spreads like wildfire. Opportunities like this often arise in the world marketplace, and before you know it, the core message of what made that thing beneficial in the first place soon becomes lost in all the noise. As with many "buzzwords" before it, such as customer experience, mindfulness has also morphed into all sorts of implementations beyond its initial intention, which of course has brought around some potential pitfalls, if, mindfulness is not done 'mindfully'.

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Being in the moment, when you don't have a moment.

We often joke in the office that the word “busy” would appear to need a new definition as it seems to have become the standard response to the question: “How are you?”

Think about it, when you are asked ‘how you are,’ or you ask someone ‘how’s it going?’ What are the most common responses? We asked around and got a plethora of “things are just so busy at the moment,” “I’m good, you know the usual, busy,” “Same old here,” for which they all simply meant tired.

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Making New Behaviors Stick.

Changing behaviors is no easy feat. It takes a lot of effort, time, and patience. While we work on driving behavioral changes in individuals and teams on a daily basis, I personally have experienced three things that have helped me when I myself am working on engaging new behaviors and making them stick...

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The 12 Factors of Energizing Behaviors

Life seems to be becoming increasingly overwhelming and stressful. It is clear that if we do not start working on behaviors and strategies to cope with these challenges, the levels of disengagement, depression, and stress will continue to reach new highs. In fact, a national survey of 614 HR leaders, including CHRO’s, VP’s, Directors and Managers, found that 95% of participants admit that employee burnout is sabotaging workforce retention. It is no wonder that Gallup found that 51% of the U.S workforce is not engaged, the impact of which is not only on individual wellbeing, but including massive losses in productivity costing between $450 and $500 billion a year according to Mental Health America...

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