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The Change Decision 2023 Family Christmas Letter joy at work Jan 01, 2024

Dear Family and Friends,

As we sit here at the start of a new year and reflect on the last, we see this past year as a series of extremes. Chinese spy balloons drifted over North America, yet Presidents Biden and Xi met for the first time. Open AI brings science fiction-like capability to the...

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Holiday Joy joy at work Nov 21, 2023

Ed and Roxanne talk about what people say in answer to the question: What does Joy at Work mean to me? And how that might apply for you during the holidays.

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Accountability in Hybrid Work joy at work Apr 30, 2023

Written by Ed Cook

A growing tension exists between employers and employees. Many employers want their teams back in the office, while many employees are happy working at home. Employers highlight diminished culture and productivity with employees out of the office while employees shrug...

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Transcending Job Loss joy at work Feb 06, 2023

In this short video, Roxanne talks about her experience of being let go and having to let her team go. This conversation is with Bunny Young -- a coach, licensed therapist and all around wonderful person. Roxanne also talks about a technique she used to get to joy -- something...

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The Change Decision 2022 Family Christmas Letter joy at work Dec 28, 2022

Dear Friends and Family,

In previous years we have used the words “momentous” and “unprecedented” to describe the year. This year we are grateful to call the year Joyful. Many good things happened for us as a company. Much of that was because of the increase in the number...

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The Crisis of Emotional Capital joy at work team engagement May 22, 2022

Written by Ed Cook

The last couple of years forced two global experiments, one in remote education and the other in remote work. Much of these two experiments are about human interaction. They explore what it means to communicate, to lead, to teach. The final and full understanding of...

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The Joy of Managing Up joy at work Apr 10, 2022

Written by Roxanne Brown

For good reason, managing up gets a bad rap. When the concept was first introduced to me it was in the context of working for a difficult boss. Later it became a recommended strategy for getting promoted or keeping senior management happy. Applied in these...

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What's a Trust Fall? joy at work virtual teams Apr 03, 2022

Written by Roxanne Brown

What's a Trust Fall? Or rather, what’s the point of it? The trust fall is an exercise meant to increase confidence between people: “I can rely on you for my safety and success when I’m at risk personally. And you can rely on me in the same...

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How to Trust Your Team More (in 5 days) joy at work leadership Feb 20, 2022

Written by Roxanne Brown

Imagine if you trusted everyone you work with to do everything you need them to do, in the way you need them to do it. Imagine how liberating that would be. Imagine what you could accomplish, what your team could accomplish. It’s all about Trust.

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Joy at Work Monday Message: Joining Forces joy at work leadership Feb 07, 2022

Even in the worst situations you can spread joy by joining forces with others to shift the energy and atmosphere at work. And, what’s great about doing this with others is it can lift your spirits too!

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Employee Engagement Hinges on a Handful of Influencers change joy at work team engagement Feb 04, 2022

Written by Ed Cook

With the Great Resignation causing distressing amounts of employee turnover and dismal employee retention numbers, Employee Engagement is front of mind for many leaders. What employee engagement is, however, can be elusive.  Some see it as activities associated with...

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If You Want to Generate Smiles at Work Today joy at work leadership team engagement Feb 01, 2022

Written by Roxanne Brown

If you want to generate more smiles at work today, here are some ideas to help your team feel appreciated…

  • In conversations, hold space for your team members to gather their thoughts and share ideas: "In this conversation, please feel free to take a...
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