How to Stay Focused on Your Work

Jessica Seburn

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I’ve become increasingly aware of how many distractions many of us encounter at work. With all the messaging apps, emails, phone calls, and Zoom meetings, there are so many possible interruptions that can prevent us from being productive. This is why one of the most important things I’ve learned over the last several years is how to stay focused. I … Read More

How to Embrace Change

Kristen Deuzeman

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Change and unpredictability can sometimes weave their way into nearly every facet of life. Whether it’s one’s career, workplace, finances, family life, or social interactions, there are often no scripts for navigating the world our new normal. The constant change and need to adapt has felt chaotic, leaving me to merely tolerate it and pivot accordingly when required. When we … Read More

Why Reading Together Is Important

Eric Stutzman

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Those of us in leadership at ACHIEVE have often found our thinking propelled by what we read. In fact, we often exchange good books with each other to sharpen our thinking and work. Many of our innovations in marketing, management, and the services we offer have been informed by the books we have read. As many of you know, we … Read More

How to Learn a New Skill in 4 Steps

Jessica Seburn

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been undeniably challenging for many but has also presented the opportunity for learning new skills – either by choice or as a requirement. If I am completely honest, I have become increasingly resistant to learning new skills as I get older! To be clear, I love the learning once it has actually occurred, but in those … Read More

How Setting Goals Can Help You Make Tough Decisions

Deanne Kaar

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When faced with a tough decision, it is common to sometimes feel stuck and not know how to move forward. Whether you are thinking about changing jobs, starting a new hobby, or branching out from your social circle, it can be uncomfortable to try new things. At times when I’ve had to make a tough decision, I have found myself … Read More

How to Manage Difficult Emotions During COVID-19

Kristen Deuzeman

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As this pandemic continues to unfold, we have been called to action, adapting to changing career and financial statuses, caring for our health and that of our loved ones, managing relationships, and trying to make this summer fun amidst social distancing protocols (just to name a few). These challenges and the ensuing emotional strain have affected our overall sense of … Read More

Positive Psychology: 5 Strategies for Improving Your Workplace

Janelle Jackiw

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I’ve been looking forward to Monday all weekend! Although this may seem like an unlikely statement to some leaders, with the right strategies applied to your workplace, you can create a productive environment where people want to work. This can be achieved by applying the concepts of positive psychology to your workplace. Think of positive psychology as the science of … Read More

How to Cope with a Crisis by Using Your Values

Jennifer Kelly

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We will all experience crises during our lifetime – whether they are global or personal. One strategy that can build resilience and perseverance during a crisis is using your personal values as a coping strategy. I learned how to use my values to cope with a crisis when my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. At the same time, I … Read More

How to Stay Motivated While Working From Home During Covid-19

Wendy Loewen

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Studies have shown that working from home can have positive effects – and even increase productivity. However, working from home under normal circumstances is very different from being forced to work at home due to a global pandemic. Many of us are now faced with significant shifts to our daily lives and new worries and stresses. Every time we turn … Read More

4 Ways to Practice Trauma-Informed Care During COVID-19

Nathan Gerbrandt

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The pervasiveness of trauma and its impact on our local communities and the world has seldom been so visible. The outbreak of COVID-19 has exposed cracks in how vulnerable and fragile our global community can become. Our thoughts are taken up with concern for loved ones, uncertainty about work and our personal health, and anxiety about what tomorrow will bring. … Read More