Blog

Reflections on Meaningful Work and Relationships

The Human Connection Behind Morality: 4 practices to build your moral compass

By
Todd Hall
In
Leadership
Posted
October 5, 2017

Some say intense pressure for results caused Volkswagen to install software that covered up diesel emissions during testing by the EPA. This raises the issue of how we make moral choices when under pressure. When under pressure, we sometimes lose connection to our moral compass and to its source: our attachment figures. However, it’s possible to build our moral compass and safeguard ourselves against moral drift in pressure-filled moments. In this post, you'll learn four practices to build your moral compass.

Read More

If You Want to Find Meaning, Develop Eulogy Virtues

By
Todd Hall
In
Personal Development
Posted
September 4, 2016

Society pressures us to strive for what David Brooks calls "resume virtues"--external success. This works in the short run, but often leaves us feeling empty. What we need to develop to find meaning in life is eulogy virtues--the virtues that lead to a life well lived. In this post, you'll learn four practices to develop eulogy virtues.

Read More

5 Practices to Promote Deep Engagement in Your Work

By
Todd Hall
In
Leadership
Posted
May 8, 2016

We all want to be engaged in our work, but too often our basic psychological needs aren’t met and we lose our way. Sustained engagement is ultimately about being intrinsically motivated to do your work. In this post, we take a look at the landscape of motivation at work, and discuss five practices to promote deep engagement in your work.

Read More

3 Ways Story Can Help You Create a Meaningful Life

By
Todd Hall
In
Personal Development
Posted
April 14, 2016

While good stories always have meaning, our lives are not automatically meaningful—especially in real time. We don’t always live a good story. But we can. In this post, you'll learn 3 steps to help you create meaning in the story episodes of your life.

Read More

6 Ways to Minimize the Impact of Work Stress on Health

By
Todd Hall
In
Leadership
Posted
April 2, 2016

Job stress is by far the leading source of stress for US adults, it's steadily increasing, and it negativley impacts our health, well being, and performance. In this post, you'll learn 6 practices to help you and your organization minimize the negative impact of workplace stress.

Read More

Do You Ever Get Discouraged?

By
Todd Hall
In
Personal Development
Posted
March 31, 2016

In this guest post, Dr. Paul White shows how we can help others overcome discouragement by showing appreciation.

Read More

5 Research Backed Practices to Build a High Performing Team

By
Todd Hall
In
Leadership
Posted
March 19, 2016

All too often we put teams together based on subject matter expertise and hope they somehow gel, but this usually doesn't work. A growing number of research teams have been trying to crack the code for how to build a high performing team. It turns out it has everything to do with emotional connection and safety. The data are pointing us back to our human instinct to connect. The good news is we all want to connect, and you can learn specific practices that promote high performing, connected teams.

Read More

If You Want to Succeed in Life, Don’t Ignore Emotions--Train Them

By
Todd Hall
In
Personal Development
Posted
February 13, 2016

We typically think of emotions (particularly negative ones) as a disruptive force and believe the best we can do is ignore them and hope they disappear. Emotions are what give life meaning and connect us to ourselves and others, but they need to be trained for wisdom, which is expertise in living a life of meaning. In this post, you'll learn 4 practices to help you train your emotions for a life of wisdom and meaning.

Read More

To Promote Positive Change, Start with Grief

By
Todd Hall
In
Leadership
Posted
February 5, 2016

Grief doesn't respect the personal vs. work boundary we erect in our hearts to cope with the pain of loss. All significant losses will impact your work and the way you influence others. In this post, you'll learn 3 practices to help you and your organization move through the stages of grief.

Read More

To Improve Employee Engagement, Focus on Building Bonds of Trust, Not External Incentives

By
Todd Hall
In
Leadership
Posted
January 18, 2016

When there are no bonds of trust at work, our collective energy for compassion, creativity, and productivity is drained. Emotional bonds at work matter. They impact employees’ overall well being, engagement and the bottom line. In this post, you'll learn 4 practices to help you create bonds of trust with your employees, co-workers, friends and family.

Read More

Leadership Lessons from Bear Grylls: 3 Ways to be a Secure Base

By
Todd Hall
In
Leadership
Posted
December 16, 2015

One the foundational jobs of a leader is to create a secure base for employees and the team. A great example of this is Bear Grylls in his show called “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.” In this post, you'll learn what a secure base is and learn 3 practices for promoting it that are exemplified by Bear Grylls.

Read More

4 Practices to Nurture the Gift of Friendship

By
Todd Hall
In
Personal Development
Posted
November 28, 2015

With the pressures of building a career and, for some, raising a family, we often drift into becoming unintentional disconnectors when it comes to friendships. In this post you'll learn 8 characteristics of friendship, and 4 practices to nurture friendship.

Read More

5 Mindset Shifts to Promote Connection

By
Todd Hall
In
Personal Development
Posted
November 11, 2015

We’re often so focused on “what’s next" that we miss the opportunity to connect with people in the here and now. If we slow down to be physically and emotionally present, we create moments of meaning that build our well being and have the potential to develop deep friendships. For leaders, being present is crucial to create a culture in which people feel connected to each other and to the vision of the organization. In this post, you'll learn 5 mindset shifts to help you promote connection in your life and leadership.

Read More

3 Ways to Build Your Foundation for Well-Being and Positive Influence

By
Todd Hall
In
Personal Development
Posted
September 2, 2015

Awhile back I met with several leaders who had been shaken up by various experiences—being let go from a job, being moved to a different role, family health crises, and general burnout. To keep standing amidst change and challenge, you have to care for your foundation. The problem is we tend to ignore the foundation of our well-being because there’s not an immediate payoff for spending time and energy building it when we’re doing “OK.” In this post, we'll look at 3 ways to build your foundation for well being and positive influence. If you do this, then when the storm hits, you'll able to weather it, and maybe even become a better person because of it.

Read More

6 Research Backed Practices to Create a Connection Culture

By
Todd Hall
In
Leadership
Posted
May 10, 2015

The emotional and relational culture of the workplace drives organizational effectiveness to a significant extent. Because it’s hard to measure and not urgent, however, it often gets placed on the back burner as a “nice-to-have” aspect of the organization. Recent research suggests otherwise. In this post, you'll learn the 6 biggest predictors of improved effectiveness and 6 reflections to help you put these connection practices into action.

Read More

3 Practices to Repair Relational Ruptures

By
Todd Hall
In
Personal Development
Posted
June 18, 2014

Relational ruptures are inevitable, so it's important to learn how to deal with them effectively. In this post, we talk about 3 practices to help you repair relational ruptures.

Read More