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Should We Call Burnout Something Else?

Should We Call Burnout Something Else?

Scrolling through social media I saw this quote, “Instead of burnout, let’s call it ‘I changed my mind.'” It was centered around a person’s professional ambitions. Well, I had a visceral reaction to this statement! In this week’s video I share more about my reaction, along with the research to support it, so that you can possibly reframe how you think about professional ambition and burnout in your own life.

Keep Them Happy Before January

Keep Them Happy Before January

The number of job searches skyrockets on the first Wednesday in January, reaching 70% more searches vs. the average day. It will be here on January 4th – that’s less than 5 weeks away! Before this date and as you’re preparing for your employees to head out for the holidays, let’s revisit the four ingredients to keep employees happy. Perfect time to plan and communicate prior to the biggest job searching day of the year!

Maximize Your Leadership Time in the Office

Maximize Your Leadership Time in the Office

My husband, Matt, commutes nearly 60 miles to the office – ONE WAY! So you better believe if he’s going to spend time on the road driving nearly 120 miles for one day in the office, he’s going to maximize his time. And you, as a leader, better do the same. Here are four specific actions to take that will benefit you and your team to capitalize on the time in the office.

3 Exercises to Build Your Leadership Muscles

3 Exercises to Build Your Leadership Muscles

I love to work out! But all those years of cardio weren’t supporting what I, and you, really need in order to develop healthy bodies and bones – strong muscles! So I’ve integrated strength training as a way to focus on muscle building. This got me thinking about the other muscles I love to build – my leadership muscles! And just like the rest of my training, we need exercises to build those. That’s why I’m giving you three exercises in this week’s video that you can implement to build your own leadership muscles.

The Magical Way to Enforce RTO Mandates

The Magical Way to Enforce RTO Mandates

Earlier this week, I posted an article on LinkedIn that shared results from a recent survey stating that 1/3 of managers and executives want employees to return to the office full-time because, “they think employees are more motivated when they know management is watching them.” While this reasoning is absurd within the majority of professional environments and we also know that this clashes with what employees want, there certainly is a case for RTO mandates. So how can organizations and leaders get employees to return to the office in a way that aligns with what employees want? In this week’s video I share one of the most effective ways to do so, based upon what people have missed most that working from home doesn’t provide.

Mental Health Resources Alone Won’t Cure Burnout

Mental Health Resources Alone Won’t Cure Burnout

Warning: The mental health resources alone that your organization is offering won’t cure burnout! A CDC study shows that employees at risk for depression had the highest healthcare costs, even after taking risks such as smoking and obesity into account. Depression had the highest healthcare costs! So it makes sense that organizations are offering mental health resources, such as sleep improvement programs, meditation workshops, and therapy sessions. However, these are primarily reactive strategies, after many are already on the verge of burnout leading to depression. Instead, in this week’s video, find out the three actions organizations can take to proactively fight against burnout and ultimately depression.

Simple Solution to Develop High-Potential Leaders

Simple Solution to Develop High-Potential Leaders

Organizations and managers don’t have to go at it alone when it comes to the development of high-potential leaders. Yet, it’s a mistake made all too often! Here’s an extremely simple solution in this week’s video.

A Special Gift on my Birthday

A Special Gift on my Birthday

It’s true, it’s my birthday! I’m celebrating 47 years of life today and I’m asking you for a special gift. But you have to watch this week’s video to find out what it is!

How Can a Mentor Accelerate Women in Leadership?

How Can a Mentor Accelerate Women in Leadership?

I’m excited to be coming to you from the Sundance Resort in Utah. It’s a spectacular place to recover and reset, but that’s not why I’m here this week. I’m here because of my mentor, Bo Eason, and there’s a reason why you and your organization should be listening to this week’s video. Find out why this mentor could help accelerate women in leadership!

Where are the Women in the Leadership Pipeline?

Where are the Women in the Leadership Pipeline?

One of our obsessions at The Corporate Refinery is the acceleration of women in leadership, yet one of the challenges organizations share is the lack of ready-now female leaders in the pipeline. While we know several of the major causes, there’s one culprit that’s been on the radar recently, and could be the main reason your company is experiencing this issue. In this week’s video, I address this issue and what organizations could be doing to shift and create change today.

Fixing the Broken Rung for Women in Leadership

Fixing the Broken Rung for Women in Leadership

I’m thrilled to be at the Advancing Women in Leadership Conference for Pharma & Healthcare in Philadelphia this week. Several of the day-one topics really hit home on the challenges we see when it comes to the acceleration of women into senior leadership and the C-suite. One of which was the “broken rung,” a topic we discuss quite often at The Corporate Refinery. Listen in on this week’s video as I share the number one strategy to repair the broken rung, in order to have equal women and men entering the first level of leadership. Now is the time for change, and we can support your organization in doing so. If you’d like to learn how, simply email me at colleen@tcrefinery.com – let’s connect!

Hiring & Retaining Women in the Workforce

Hiring & Retaining Women in the Workforce

When you leave the workforce, the cost of this decision follows you for LIFE! After taking into account the potential wage growth and lost retirement savings over time, a woman who leaves the workforce loses up to 4x their annual salary per year. For the average woman, that’s a total of $600K and for a woman in leadership that’s a total of $1MM! We are stalling overall economic growth if we’re not investing in women in our organizations. What are you, as a leader, doing to hire and retain women in the workforce?WARNING: The answer we should be considering may not be what you think.

First Step to Mitigate Burnout

First Step to Mitigate Burnout

In last week’s video, I shared the signs that indicate you’re on the verge of burnout. So what happens if they’re happening to you? What next? Since burnout occurs when workplace stress is not properly managed, your first step will take place at work. Find out exactly what that is in this week’s video!

How to Know if You’re Burning Out

How to Know if You’re Burning Out

I believed that what I was experiencing were signs of approaching burnout, but it turns out that I was already over the edge and what I was experiencing were SYMPTOMS of burnout that consumed me mentally and physically. If you’re wondering what burnout’s early signs look like before you’ve crossed over, be sure to watch this week’s video.

Trapped at a Dead-End

Trapped at a Dead-End

I’m frequently asked, “Colleen, what can I do if I’m feeling burned out or stuck, yet I can’t leave my job?” I wondered the same thing immediately after I crashed that December evening in my office! For the several months of post-burnout recovery, I felt like I couldn’t leave my position. Our family built a life primarily based upon my income, so unless we were willing to completely change that, I would need to figure out how to take control of my current situation. If you’re feeling stuck, in this week’s video I provide you with one practice to implement that will get you unstuck.

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