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Monday Fire Takeover: Consciousness with Amy Woodall

Happy Monday! Every Monday we drop some #MondayFire to help you get excited about your week. Amy Woodall, Founder of Conscious Habit and President at Sandler Training Trustpointe takes over to give insight on how to measure your consciousness to move yourself forward. Here we go!

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Monday Fire Takeover: Drama with Amy Woodall

Happy Monday! Every Monday we drop some #MondayFire to help you get excited about your week. Amy Woodall, Founder of Conscious Habit, takes over to give insight on how to handle workplace drama and remind us to own our 50% of the problem. Here we go!

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Monday Fire Takeover: Ego with Amy Woodall

Happy Monday! Every Monday we drop some #MondayFire to help you get excited about your week. Amy Woodall takes over to give insight on how to think about and control your ego. Here we go!

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Monday Fire: Schedule the Uncomfortable

Happy Monday! Every Monday we drop some #MondayFire to help you get excited about your week. Here we go!

Our question for you today:

How can you schedule the uncomfortable in your day? 

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Monday Fire Takeover: Growing, Even When It’s Hard with Jason Cochran

Hi again, everyone! This is Jason Cochran with Dulead. 

Wouldn’t it be great if we all could just grow and develop when life is mostly rainbows and unicorns? If that were the case I think we’d all sign up for that reality right now! The truth is that sometimes our moments of transformational growth occur after bad things happen to us in life.

But don’t just take my word for it. This concept is an actual psychological phenomenon discovered by two renowned psychologists, Richard Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun, in the mid 90’s. 

They called it Post-Traumatic Growth.

Simply put, it’s positive psychological change as a result of adversity and other challenges that leads to a higher level of functioning. 

And believe it or not, it can actually change our DNA….like flipping certain switches on or off. We now know this through epigenetic studies.

It turns out there are 4 primary factors that often lead a person to experience post-traumatic growth:

  • Brutally honest optimism – this is having a reduced sense of helplessness by confronting the most brutal facts of your current reality
  • Perception of Control Over Events – this is regaining control through primary control (taking action to change a situation) or secondary control (changing your orientation to the situation)
  • Coping Style – the best approach is acceptance and positive reinterpretation
  • Strong Sense of Self – this is making sense of your story, even the parts that suck

So why is this topic so important to me?

Well, I’ve experienced post-traumatic growth in my own life. When I was 10 my grandpa took his own life. This set me on a path to become a psychologist.   Three years ago I came up a day short of delivering a hand-written letter to my mother before she passed away from cancer. I had the letter written to give her at our Christmas celebration…but she slipped into a coma the night before I saw her. The letter now sits on my desk as a reminder everyday to not be a day late in doing what’s most important. This inspired me to help co-found a software company called Dulead that focuses on helping people become the best version of themselves, including showing appreciation on a daily basis.

I still live with the grief and regret every single day. But those four factors (brutally honest optimism, regaining control, accepting and reinterpreting, and making sense of my story) all helped me to take that pain and do something positive with it.

It’s my small way of trying to help folks not come up a day short like I did with my mom.

Whatever your story is, we’re all unique in how we adapt and respond to traumatic events. But there are some common signs that often point toward post-traumatic growth in your own life. Here are a few:

✅ Deeper appreciation of life

✅ Deeper relationships with others

✅ Seeing new possibilities in life

✅ Discovering personal strength

✅ Spiritual change

I challenge you today to pause, be thankful, and reflect on the #growth you’ve experienced during some challenging times in your life!

After all, the hardest times can often lead to the greatest moments in our lives!

Monday Fire Takeover: Why Work? 4 Principles of Connection with Jason Cochran

Hello again, everyone! This is Jason Cochran with Dulead.

Do you ever wonder why humans work in the first place? Yes, we all need a certain amount of money to do things, but that’s not at the core of why we get up in the morning to offer our best efforts most days. And it’s not because of perks either. In their book, The Why of Work, Wendy and Dave Ulrich state that people find meaning when they see a clear connection between what they highly value and what they spend time doing.

So it turns out we really aren’t that complicated. We’re all hard-wired to desire meaningful, purpose-driven work. Leaders – this is why we need to get ridiculously simple in order to become more effective with our people strategies. And the 4 Principles of Connection model I helped create gets to the core reasons for why people want to work and offer their best.

The 4 Principles of Connection™️  model focuses on healthy connections to self, others, role, and the organization. And there’s a core rhythm of employee and leadership experiences which help strengthen these connections leading to #fulfillment, #meaning, and #purpose from the work people do.

Let’s briefly go through each principle and some example experiences for each:

Principle #1 – Connecting to Self:

  •  People want to work for organizations that help them develop as a whole person – not just in the rote skills of their job
    • Examples:
      • Dream Manager programs
      • 20% Autonomous time
      • Pursuing and achieving goals
      • Wellness programs
      • Encourage personal branding

Principle #2 – Connecting to Others:  

  • People want to work where they’re accepted for their authentic selves and where they experience a level of connection with the leadership and their team that creates strong bonds
    • Examples:
      • Mentor programs
      • Onboarding experiences
      • Frequent, meaningful recognition and appreciation
      • Essential Skills Coaching (Empathy, Humility, Emotional Intelligence)

Principle #3 – Connecting to Role:  

  • People want to work where there’s clarity around their role and importance in the ecosystem and that their contributions matter
    • Examples:
      • Stay Interviews
      • Advancement Paths
      • Opportunities for Professional Development
      • Role mapping including target behaviors and alignment plans
      • Special projects

Principle #4 – Connecting to the Organization:  

  • People want to work where they know the greater whole, of which they’re a part, is doing important work in the world – especially their own communities
    • Examples:
      • North Star/Core Identity
      • Service projects
      • Employee Stock Ownership Programs
      • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion experiences

And here’s the beautiful part of the 4 Principles of Connection. It isn’t just the right thing to do for your people – it’s the smart thing to do for your organization. In doing so you’re moving the levers which drive employee engagement, hone your culture, and strengthen your employer brand.

Bear in mind, the most important customers are your internal ones…your employees. It all starts with them. They decide every day whether they’re bought into the organization and what it stands for and the work that is accomplished.

So leaders – let’s make things ridiculously simple and focus on the levers that matter – the 4 Principles of Connection. When you get it right for your people, they get it right for the organization and the external customers.

Let’s go forth and nurture these healthy connections in your organizations!

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Monday Fire: Live a Hell Yes Life

Happy Monday! Every Monday we drop some #MondayFire to help you get excited about your week. Here we go!

Our question for you today:

What are your foundational phrases?

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Monday Fire Takeover: The Definition of Optimism with Dr. Renee Thompson

Happy Monday! Every Monday we drop some #MondayFire to help you get excited about your week. In this episode, CEO & Founder of Healthy Workforce InstituteDr. Renee Thompson, takes over to give some advice. Here we go!

Our question for you today:

How can you redefine optimism?

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Monday Fire Takeover: Changing Your Environment with Dr. Renee Thompson

Happy Monday! Every Monday we drop some #MondayFire to help you get excited about your week. In this episode, CEO & Founder of Healthy Workforce InstituteDr. Renee Thompson, takes over to give some advice. Here we go!

Our question for you today:

How can you change your environment from negative to positive?

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Monday Fire Takeover: The Negativity Bias with Dr. Renee Thompson

Happy Monday! Every Monday we drop some #MondayFire to help you get excited about your week. In this episode, CEO & Founder of Healthy Workforce Institute, Dr. Renee Thompson, takes over to give some advice. Here we go!

Our question for you today:

How can you be deliberate about acknowledging the positive?

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