August 4 workshops coming up!

The Be Effective workshops are coming up on Tuesday, August 4 (from 9-3) at the Madison Concourse Hotel.  I hope you can join me!

A Job Worth Engaging: In the morning we’ll dive into employee engagement using a work systems approach. We’ll start with an overview of the foundational theories guide organizational research to this day. Then we’ll go into the specifics of how to create an engaging work environment with Richard Hackman’s fantastic book, Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances.

I love, love, love this book. If I could only recommend one leadership book, this is the one. Hackman is a giant in organization research, and he wrote this how-to book using examples from decades of research projects inside real companies. He understands how complex and creative leadership is, and how it can never be a one-size-fits-all quick fix.

This book… even if you can’t attend on August 4, buy this book and read it with me in our private Be Effective Facebook group! It will be worth every minute you spend on it – dense with wisdom and practicality. A must-read for everyone who shoulders the responsibilities of leadership and management.

Enlivening Work-Life Balance: In the afternoon we attend to the other half of the equation for a healthy working life – building in space for joy at home and at work! It sounds easy, but we are all sitting/walking/working examples of the fact that it’s not.

I teach this stuff, work from home and create my own job every day, and I still have to use phone apps to remind me to do the things I need to thrive. Why is that?

Let’s talk about it together – in the session, and afterwards online. I’ll gift you with a copy of Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, written by award-winning journalist Brigid Schulte. Schulte sets out to discover what’s driving the societal love affair with busy-ness and uses what she learns to transform her own life.

And if this all sounds great, but August 4 doesn’t work for you, consider joining me this fall for Be Aware: The Research Behind Leadership & Management. We spend 12 weeks in a small group exploring what makes work healthy and productive… We have time to talk about the BIG issues: what work means to people, what trust is and how it forms, the impact of performance reviews, and so much more. This is the place where the research meets your lived experience.  If you’re ready for this, online registration is ready for you!

Katherine Sanders, systems engineer

I’ll be speaking at the InBusiness Expo on October 21, 2015!

I’ve happily accepted an invitation to speak at the InBusiness Expo & Conference on October 21, 2015 at 3:30PM at the Alliant Energy Center. I’ve got 25 minutes to talk about “occupational stress, job design and health with evidence from the research and what business people can do to create healthier workplaces.”  

It will be a fun challenge to address all those topics in a meaningful way in such a short session!  I’ve got my fingers crossed there will be some fun folks there willing to start a conversation about Healthy Work. I’m thinking about including my “Worst Practices” list… We all know what makes people want to quit. The tricky part seems to be doing the opposite consistently.  🙂

You can find more info about the Expo and speakers here.