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The paradox of company values

Most of us that have occupied the cubicles of corporate America have experienced the paradox of company values. They grace the walls of the office, are read in new-hire documents and sales support and heard talked about during all-staff meetings. They're meant with the best of intentions. They're intended to guide and measure and provide character reflection for how the company intends to hold itself. Infrequent does that intention and impact measure up. Perhaps that's because values are infrequently reinforced. Perhaps, in reality, company values often show up as their opposite: everyone for themselves vs. teamwork; reactionary vs. visionary. This is often the case, albeit unintended. Y

Are you a high-quality "thanker"?

High-Quality Thanks vs. Low-Quality Thanks Experiencing gratitude, whether receiving or giving, is one of the greatest catalysts for experiencing a sense of well-being. It would make sense that we'd want to experience gratitude, whether giving or receiving, as "effectively" as possible. Turns out there's a couple of different ways to "say thanks." Low-Quality Thanks (L-QT) – Let's start with an example: Christy buys me a new pair of running shoes and gives them to me at dinner. It's not my birthday, she simply wanted to show appreciation for "us." She bought my favorite brand, favorite color, everything... she put a lot of thought into it. A low-quality thank you sounds like this: "Oh,

By choosing to suffer, we prepare ourselves for when suffering chooses us.

What I'm Learning, Part 1 Part of the experience of pushing ourselves physically and experiencing discomfort is to prove to ourselves that we can. That we're strong enough. Tough enough. That we can "handle it." When we choose to suffer, our beliefs and sense of self-efficacy keep us pushing forward, allowing us to cross that proverbial finish line. But what about when suffering chooses us? When the pain and suffering isn't something that we opted for. Like losing a job, or a loved one. What then? Are we any better prepared for it because we've chosen to train our suffer muscles? I think so. A huge part of moving forward through life's "un-chosen" challenges is the lens through which we

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