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Author Archives: Karen Natzel

Creating a sense of community in the workplace (access required)

I recently returned from a 2,500-mile road trip. The two original objectives: attend the Red Ants Pants Music Festival in Montana and return to the Wind River Range in Wyoming for some climbing adventures. But as road trips tend to ...

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How to tap into the source of inspiration (access required)

I have had clients tell me, “Karen, it’s work. It’s not supposed to be fun.” I have heard employees lament, “Work is a 4-letter word.” And we have all heard the refrain “TGIF!” When I speak of fun in the ...

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Going deep: The price of entry for cultural transformation (access required)

Employees working together

Leading an organization, especially during turbulent times, requires clarity of vision and the changes required to manifest it. A vision isn’t just about where an organization is going, but what it is becoming. Changes might be strategic shifts in services, ...

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Grind to glory: Breathe new life into your work (access required)

Businessman crossing the street on crosswalk and honding a laptop bag and smartphone in the city

Operating in the day-to-day work world can conjure up more dread than desire. Clients have shared they find it harder to stay focused; they fear dropping the ball; and they have experienced diminished capacity in handling difficult situations or people. ...

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Giving ourselves productive space: 12 five-minute, value-added habits (access required)

The end of the year is a perfect time to pause and reflect on what has transpired — the impacts made and the insights discovered. You may find you pivoted from the original plan by experimenting with hybrid work environments, ...

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Examining retention strategies during ‘Great Resignation’ (access required)

There’s considerable consternation around the “Great Resignation.” This past spring, we witnessed job openings at an unprecedented 9.3 million. In August, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that “4.3 million Americans, or 2.9 percent of the entire workforce, quit ...

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Decide how you want to show up, then commit (access required)

When you think about the kind of professional you want to be, what comes to mind? What kind of impact do you want to make as a leader? As we navigate out of this pandemic and into our next chapter, ...

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So how do we work together now? Reimagine workplace collaboration (access required)

There’s been a buzz about post-pandemic work environments – establishing hybrid work models, using new collaboration tools, and finding ways to engage and connect that build a meaningful and satisfying organizational culture. While reading a recent article – “A Once-in-a-Lifetime ...

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