When the ‘New Normal’ isn’t New Anymore: Four Steps to Stay the Course in 2021

January 18, 2021By Mike MillerEngagement, Future Of Work, General, Leadership, Mindset, Reflection

It’s been close to a year since the US experienced the effects of the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic. After a month or so of lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, work-from-home, and shelter-in place mandates, the phrase, “New Normal,” was everywhere. It was a phrase that frustrated me because it was only half true. Our experiences were ‘new,’ … Read More

Choosing Victory in 2021: Three Ways to Think Differently about Goal Setting

January 6, 2021By Mike MillerConnecting, Engagement, Goals, Leadership, Mindset, Performance

Now that 2020 is in the rearview mirror, how will you define victory in 2021? January is when New Year’s resolutions are made and yet I’ve heard very little about people making resolutions this year. Perhaps it’s because most of us are just looking for a simpler and less complicated 2021 compared to 2020! Then … Read More

Connecting during Social Distancing Part 2: Four Steps to the Next Level

March 30, 2020By Mike MillerConnecting, Engagement, Leadership, Mindset, Strengths, Team Effectiveness

As we continue down the path of social distancing working virtually and further apart from each other physically, the need to connect with each other at another level than just casual conversation or the, “To Do,” list becomes even more relevant. In Part 2, here are FOUR steps to take you conversation and work relationships … Read More

POB for ROI

September 5, 2019By Mike MillerCulture, Engagement, Leadership, Team Effectiveness

The #1 medical diagnosis over the next 5-10 years in the US  will be anxiety and depression.   In one of the most prosperous and free countries in the history of the world, anxiety is growing at a clip to outpace the ability to treat it effectively!  There are a variety of factors that may be … Read More

The Importance of Stretching Employees

November 19, 2015By Mike MillerLeadership

Today’s article originally appeared on strengthspartnership.com, written by the co-creator of Strengthscope, James Brook *** The Importance of ‘Stretch’ in Talent Development In the same way that a professional athlete needs regular practice and ‘stretch’ to build their physical and psychological strengths to remain at the top of their game, so do employees, particularly those with strong … Read More

The Elephant In The Office

November 12, 2015By Mike MillerEngagement, Leadership

Perhaps in the past, high engagement was enough to propel employees to the highest levels of performance. But that’s no longer true, based on the results of an engagement study of 32,000 employees in 29 international markets conducted in 2012 by the consulting firm Towers Watson. Tony Schwartz, president and CEO of The Energy Project, … Read More

The Best Managers Focus On Strengths, Part 2

October 15, 2015By Mike MillerEngagement, Leadership

I’ve been re-reading a book by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval, The Power of Nice, published in 2006.  (The two co-owned an advertising agency at the time the book came out. In 2012, they merged with another New York firm, Publicis, and the company is now called Publicis Kaplan Thaler.) Chapter 6 of The Power of … Read More