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I Don’t Do Mondays: Part II -Set Boundaries and Keep Them!

May 12, 2020 | Uncategorized

This is the second in a three-part series--why I don’t “do” the dread associated with the first day of the week--and how we can make Mondays more productive. If you’ve ever had, to quote a line from Office Space “a case of the Mondays,” this series is meant to be the antidote. In Part 1, I discussed prior planning: how some forethought can help us stay ahead of some of the challenges that seem to plague most people’s Mondays. Today, I’ll focus on setting boundaries. Boundaries Lead to Freedom When it comes to protecting our time, the greatest enemy we…

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A Full Court Press on the Government Marketplace May Save Your Business

May 5, 2020 | Uncategorized

Photo by Penn State on Flickr We have all see what the Coronavirus has done to our economy. No one, me included, saw this coming or understood the effects a pandemic could have on how we do business. While the states and Federal government continue to sort out when and how we should start opening up the economy, two facts remain: The Federal government is the largest customer in the world. Yes, the world! History has shown the Federal government spends more money than usual in hopes of reviving the economy during recessions. The CARES ACT shows this pandemic is…

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BURNT OUT AT WORK? PART 4 OF 4.

April 7, 2020 | Uncategorized

Late last year, I began a series of posts about workplace burnout. At the time, my goal was to help those in my network enjoy a little more sanity in their work lives. Well, things have changed quite a bit in the past month, and we're facing very different challenges.  RECAP We begin to experience workplace burnout when we lose sight of any of these four pillars of workplace wellbeing: Setting Boundaries Gaining Perspective Connecting with my Mission Practicing Self Care. While this is always a challenge, these topics are perhaps more relevant than they’ve ever been in the midst…

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GAO Report Mandates DHA To Implement Required Elements of the Current TRICARE Contract

February 18, 2020 | Uncategorized

Currently, the Military Health System (MHS) is operating in the TRICARE 2017 (T-2017) contract. Recently, a report was released from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). This release indicates that DHA has only partially implemented six of the 13 elements required by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 (NDAA 2017) for T-2017. A full copy of this report can be found here. Partially Implemented Elements As a result, the GAO found six partially implemented elements which are as follows: Provider Networks Medical Management Telehealth Value-Based Methodologies Prevention and Wellness Incentives Beneficiary Involvement. Elements Not Yet Implemented However, the GAO found…

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Burnout at Work? Part 1 of 4

December 16, 2019 | Uncategorized

Photo by Phil Robinson on Flickr As defined by healthgrades.com, burnout is "a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest and motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place." Specifically, workplace burnout can have devastating effects on your company but, more importantly, on a person as well as your people, their family, and their friends. A recent survey by Gallup found that 23 percent of workers…

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Recommitment With A 2 Month Head Start (Part 1 of 3)

October 29, 2015 | Uncategorized

Photo by American Baking Company on Flickr. The season is close. If you think I'm referring to the Christmas commercial season, I am not. That has already started. The Hallmark Channel just promoted that they were going to begin the Countdown to Christmas next week?! Seriously? We haven't even celebrated Halloween yet?! I digress. The season I'm referring to is the "eating season". I did not come up with this term. I first heard it from Dane King, an expert in the wellness industry. In the interest of full disclosure, Dane is also my 1st cousin. He says that the eating season begins…

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Millennials: They Want Engagement, Not Entitlement

October 8, 2015 | Uncategorized

Photo by Ted Eytan on Flickr Without completely giving my age away, let's just say that I am slightly removed from the Millennial generation. That is to say, I am at the tail end of Generation X. Given the fact that most of my friendships and professional relationships are with Gen Xer's, I have not had a lot of direct experience with Millennials as it pertains to their professional lives. The complaint I hear from just about everyone including clients is that they have an entitlement problem. They want the top job and top money but don't want to work for it.…

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At What Point is the “Human Element” Needed? (Part 3) – Intense Pain

June 22, 2015 | Uncategorized

Photo by Stefson on Flickr  Some have told me that real change doesn't happen in someone's life until the pain of keeping the status quo hurts more than the pain of changing ones habits. I am sure we have all experienced this phenomenon at some time. As it relates to the "human element" of ones organization, it is the point where the culture is so broken, so toxic that change must happen immediately and intensely. Not addressing the culture means the company will likely perish. The first "to-do" in this situation is the leader must own the problem. They must address all of their employees…

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Changing The Culture: The Employee Opinion Survey

May 21, 2015 | Communication, Leadership, Trust, Uncategorized

Photo by David Bosshard on Flickr [embed]https://youtu.be/9uwZVyptIIE[/embed]

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