Work satisfaction

The Power of Everyday Sabbatical

by Jesse Lahey on March 1, 2017

Several years ago, I called to reconnect with one of my mentors from my college days at Xavier University. Early in my conversation with Gene, I mentioned that I thought I recalled reading in Xavier’s alumni magazine that he’d recently completed a one-year sabbatical. (As at most colleges and 15% of US companies, Xavier periodically provides what is essentially an extended paid vacation so that a staff member can recharge and perhaps focus on a special project, such as writing a book or learning something new. The typical sabbatical program provides 2-12 months of paid leave for every 5-7 years worked, but the details regarding length, frequency, and pay vary greatly among employers.)

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Starting a new year is a great time to start healthy new habits, quit unhealthy ones, or just try something new that may improve your life’s satisfaction or effectiveness.

But it’s already more than a week into the new year. Many of us have already tried and failed on our resolutions. For many others, the holidays came and went, and life is happening so fast that we didn’t get a chance to reflect and consider what next steps could help us achieve the life we truly want.

Fortunately, there’s an app for that … somewhere. In an app store near you, there’s an app that’s a near-perfect fit for you to make that next step easier and quicker to jump start, make it more fun, and help you stick with it. [click to continue…]

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134: Under New Management: Upending Business As Usual | with David Burkus

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Great leaders don’t innovate products, they innovate the factory. Through most of the 20th century, great leaders focused on reinventing the factory. From Frederick Taylor to Henry Ford, the industrial age was made by people who could envision the best way to design the organization around the product. Today, much of the world has moved […]

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WHE28: Avoiding Workplace Burnout | with Bill Holston

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One of the surprising things about workplace burnout is that no one is immune. Even the most engaged, productive, and passionate people can experience burnout — in fact, their dedication may cause them to be even more susceptible than others. In Engaging Leader episode 019, How to Help Your Team Have More Great Days at […]

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105: Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace | with Ron Friedman

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As a leader, how can you create a great place to work that not only attracts great people but also promotes smarter thinking, greater innovation, and stronger performance? As you probably already know, there’s a popular annual survey about great places to work that boils everything down to trust. But is there more to it […]

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Who Has the “Why”?

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All of us at some point wonder if what we’re doing matters. – Jeff Goins, You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)   Some time ago, author and career coach Kevin Brennfleck told me about a time when he and his wife Marie noticed construction workers installing underground pipe near their home. When […]

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018: How to Have More Great Days at Work | with Chris Rice

January 3, 2013

Christopher Rice is the President and CEO of global consulting firm BlessingWhite, which helps create high-performance cultures that drive results and reinforce organizational values. Chris has been recognized in each of the last two years as a “Top 100” thought leader by Leadership Excellence. In the first part of the two-part interview, Jesse and Chris […]

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3 Ways to Enjoy Work and Achieve More in 2013

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I like to make an impact. And I’m very good at getting things done, solving problems, and achieving excellent results. As a result, on any given project or initiative, my natural tendency is to become the project team’s hub rather than one of the spokes. That means practically every decision or significant activity will require […]

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3 Ways to Motivate Employees [video]

November 13, 2012

According to Daniel Pink’s bestselling book DRIVE, the three greatest intrinsic motivators today are autonomy, mastery, and purpose. When these three circles come together, your employees will find an intrinsic satisfaction in work that matters. And rather than mere compliance, you will have something much more powerful than mere compliance — you’ll have engagement. New […]

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010: What Every Leader Ought to Know About DRIVE

November 1, 2012

In this episode, Jesse’s cohost is Marty Lahey, who is not only his father but is also accomplished in the business world. Marty has an MBA, spent many years in leadership roles at a Fortune 500 company, has been CFO of several organizations, and 10 years ago he started up a restaurant and catering business […]

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