This third blog in the Healthy Me Series is focused on boosting our exhausted systems through healthy connection with others.

Social Connection in Times of Physical Distancing

A time of physical distancing quickly brings home the power of and need for people connections in our lives. Interpersonal relationships are central to our healthy psychological development and ongoing resilience. Over the past several months, many of us have found it to be increasingly difficult to connect in meaningful ways (no, Zoom doesn’t cut it) and are experiencing the resulting feelings of emotional exhaustion — loneliness, rage, grief and/or despair.


This is the first post in our “Healthy Me” series designed to encourage each of you to rethink what success looks like personally and professionally in today’s world. We start by asking: What is success in an era of geographic distancing, political and social unrest, social media overload, continuous change, conflicting values and priorities, and polarization on every front? How can we have the energy and insights to be all that we can be for ourselves and others? Andy why do I feel so compelled to reimagine a better way? This series is for those who are feeling the disconnect…


Do you feel surrounded by strong opinions that are interpreted in hundreds of different ways? Are you feeling and/or expressing righteous indignation when people do not acknowledge the rightness of your thinking? Or, have you been the victim of someone else’s “truth”?

How can so many people be so right and so many people be so wrong?

A good time to rethink the past is following a major shift of the ground we stand on. It is then that we are more willing to look back and see the impact of our collective thinking and actions that got us to…


Innovation Series — #4

Series Introduction

Our world has changed. Things are different now. We all need to be innovators to some degree, challenging the past based on our new reality, and finding ways to improve our personal and professional lives as we move forward.

This blog series to date has talked about getting your head in the right place to get involved with challenging the status quo — learning that a new logic and an innovator’s mindset is necessary in our ever-changing world. We’ve explored how to build courage and establish credibility in the workplace so that you will…


Starting Small but Getting Started

Series Introduction

Our world has changed. Things are different now. We all need to be innovators to some degree, challenging the past based on our new reality, and finding ways to improve our personal and professional lives as we move forward.

In our last two innovation blogs we talked about the need for new logic and an innovator’s mindset in our ever-changing world, as well as ways to create the personal courage and credibility needed for innovation. This week, we’ll focus on beginning the innovation process — starting small but getting started, learning innovation as we go.

Design Thinking

Design…


Did you ever dream that your open world could so quickly close down and stay closed for this long of a period? Did you ever think a simple hug could be so deadly? Neither did we — but since it has about a year since it all began, we thought it was the perfect time to revisit the topic of fences and boundaries.

We have always lived in the paradox of wanting our freedom and individuality (self- determination) and craving relationships and the support of others. We go back and forth between “don’t fence me in” and “don’t fence me…


Part of Our Innovation Series — Series #2

Series Introduction:

Our world has changed. Things are different now. We all need to be innovators to some degree, challenging the past based on our new reality, and finding ways to improve our personal and professional lives as we move forward.

Get Your Head in the Game: Develop an Innovator’s Mindset

Innovating can be scary and challenging! While many people thing about innovation as getting wildly creative, it’s much more (and less) than that. It’s about discovering, designing and implementing creative solutions that solve a problem, meet a need or fill a…


Series Introduction:

It doesn’t require much convincing these days to see and understand that our organizations and systems are, and will continue to be, inundated with shock waves of change for a long time to come. These shock waves are shaking the earth beneath us, shifting both our thinking and our activity. They require us all to consider new and better ways to live, lead and learn — ways that weren’t even considered a year or two ago, or perhaps were considered but not accepted as viable options at the time.

Things are different now. We all need to be…


Has your predictable world been altered into another universe of new and ambiguous expectations? Are you having a hard time living in the mess? You are not alone.

As much as many of us don’t like a boatload of expectations thrust upon us, these expectations create orderliness and predictability in our lives. To have an expectation is to envision something that is reasonably certain to come about. Expectations are built into our daily routines, roles and strategies (Weick & Sutcliffe, 2007). When they are present, we are often unaware of them. …


“It’s too easy to let our health (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) go as we focus on meeting everyone else’s needs, but this is counter to healthy living and leading. It’s important to put on our own oxygen mask first because without oxygen, we cannot think clearly or survive.”
Stupid Gone Viral — When Science and Reality Collide

Resilience is making positive adjustments under adversity and/or challenging conditions that result in our ability to bounce back. Resilience is restorative. It is the ability to respond, absorb, adapt and recover from a disruptive and/or traumatic event.

Ideally, we’ve been working on…

Kathy Scott, PhD and Bridget Sarikas

Dr. Kathy Scott & Bridget Sarikas write about healthy living, leading and learning for women. It’s relatable, fun and evidence-based — so not just our opinion!

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