Archives For Relationships

If you haven’t seen the 2012 Valentine’s Day Reese’s commercial, watch it now before reading further. Yes, we’re no longer in 2012, but it just caught my attention.

According to the delectable chocolate-peanut-butter-cup candy maker, the three words your Valentine wants to hear are:

“I got Reese’s”.

You know what?  Given our politically-correct, sue-happy world; those three words are certainly more acceptable than “I love you” for your Valentines-at-work — your team.

Here are 21 other appreciative, thoughtful, full-of-gratitude #ThreeWords…

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Are You A Character Based Leader?

Are You A Character Based Leader?

It was a kick to the abdomen. Negative energy spiked across the room. The collective shield went up. The message they heard was that they and their work were nothing special. None of their efforts counted. All because THAT word was used at an all-hands meeting to explain the reason for outsourcing.

That word was “commodity”.

Per ~ A reasonably homogeneous good or material, bought and sold freely as an article of commerce.

And yes, this actually happened!

The outcome (even with outsourcing as part of the plan) would’ve been very different, if our executive had followed Jane Perdue’s advice. Continue Reading…

Photo Corporate Warrior ID 10024867 by Sura Nualpradid

Should a Corporate Warrior, with a Cold or Flu, Go to Work or Stay Home?
Photo Credit: by Sura Nualpradid

DayQuil®, Musinex, Kleenex®, orange juice and bottled water – check!  These are your Corporate Warrior’s weapons of choice against the dreaded cold or flu.  Throw them into your brief case and you’re ready for another day at the office.


What if you didn’t go into the office?

What if you looked at the cold or flu as the “gift of a pause”? Continue Reading…

Photo Credit: by Benjamin Miller

Don’t Let Stress Overwhelm You
Photo Credit: by Benjamin Miller

“Jackie will have a full report and recommendation for a financial and accounting system on your desk in 2 weeks”.

That was the confident voice of my boss’ boss. I had no such confidence. I had no clue how to start, what to do. I was just a programmer, not a senior business analyst, not a manager. I had no background in finance or accounting, unless a couple of classes in college counted. I was just a few years into my professional life. Back then, there wasn’t much on the Internet, nor was Internet access easy.

Shaky, sweaty and hunched down. I felt overwhelmed. While there was no Staples® Easy Button™ to push to meet this or any challenge, I did discover that there are things I could do to get over the overwhelm… Click here for my tips for reducing the overwhelm of stress in my second guest post at Will Lukang’s blog.

So please tell me.

What do you do when you feel the stress building?  Is there something that works for you? Please do share your tips in the comments.

And remember…
#TakeThisMoment and breathe deeply. Exhale the stress. Inhale the calm. ~ Jackie Yun
Listen to Your Gut

Hello Leader. Your Gut Is Speaking. Are You Listening?
Photo Credit: by Darren Hester

“I’ve been mandated to shut down the office by next June, after we deliver on our key project this upcoming April”.

All eyes quickly turned my way.  It was as quick as a door slamming shut and I hoped that wasn’t what it would portend.  I knew conventional wisdom would not have approved of what I had just said.  Our HR Generalist’s shocked reaction re-confirmed that.  Instead, I had taken my direction from my gut.

Would my team walk out and make an already terrible project situation disastrous?

Was the Gut Wrong?

Will Lukang graciously encouraged me to write about it at his blog. Please read more.


Leaders in the corporate world are taught to get as much information as possible before making a decision.  What if that information comes from your gut?  What would you do?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section.

And remember…

#TakeThisMoment and create a partnership with your gut. – Jackie Yun