striving for consensus

Is Striving For Consensus Keeping You From Moving Forward?

Recently my wife and I were in Barcelona, visiting her family and 87 of their closest friends.  (Not quite, but there were a lot of people.)  We were outside, it was a beautiful day, and it was time to decide where to have dinner.  The only thing everyone agreed on was that we wanted to…

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Labor Shortage Article Jeff Havens

Having Trouble Hiring? 

In the last several months I’ve spoken at a few dozen conferences.  And at every single one of them – big ones, small ones, and basically every industry there is – the people at those conferences have been talking about exactly two things:  supply chain, and the labor shortage.  Your company probably is, too.  Those…

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Setting and Changing Goals

Why We Sometimes Give Up On Our Goals (And Why That’s OK)

When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut.  I also wanted to be a builder (which was my Lego-inspired term for ‘construction worker’), and I also wanted to dig up dinosaurs. I have done none of those things, and it’s perfectly OK.  I chose a different path, and I’m happy with it. …

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Three Things All Employees Want

Three Things All Employees Want

To be fair, there are probably more than three things all employees want.  Most employees would probably take a million dollars if you felt like giving it to them.  Or a jetski, the ability to talk to animals, telekinetic powers – the list goes on.  But in this article we’re going to talk about three…

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The Difference Between a Manager and a Leader

The Difference Between a Manager and a Leader

Every minute, approximately 765,000 articles about leadership are written.  That’s only a slight exaggeration, because we are collectively obsessed with the notion of leadership.  But I run across relatively few articles that contrast a leadership mindset against some of the other mindsets that are equally critical to a company’s success, and so I thought it…

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sorry

Do Apologies Really Matter?

Recently somebody got mad at me for something they shouldn’t have.  That’s not just my opinion, either; they even agreed with me that they were mad about something else and took their anger out on me. However, they didn’t apologize for getting mad at me when they shouldn’t have.  And it’s bugging me.  It’s still…

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goals and change management 2022

Why Do We Achieve Some Goals and Not Others?

So it’s a new year, which means it’s time to do something different.  At least that’s what everyone else seems to think.  So half the world has just joined a gym, or bought some language-learning program, or maybe signed up for those piano lessons they’re constantly putting off, and this is going to be the…

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positive thinking jeff havens

Reimagining the Power of Positive Thinking

Everybody’s heard of the power of positive thinking – and if you’re like me, then the phrase is vaguely annoying.  “So I’m just supposed to think happy thoughts and everything will magically work out?”  That’s kind of how it’s presented, but life doesn’t exactly work that way.  For example, I once had a happy thought…

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The Great Resignation

How ‘The Great Resignation’ Can Work to Your Advantage

By now you’ve heard the news – everyone is quitting every job everywhere.  Nobody is actually employed anymore, and the great engine that runs our global society is grinding to a shuddering halt.  In fact, it’s probably a good time to start stocking up again on toilet paper.  Chances are the people who make it…

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Jeff Havens Keynote Speaker 2022

How In-Person Events Look Now

Since many businesses are currently debating whether or how to return to the office – and meeting planners are debating how exactly to host their events – I thought it might be helpful this month to give you some insight into the state of in-person events today. My first live event post-apocalypse (my cutesy way…

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when is enough actually enough

When is Enough Actually Enough?

My wife is from Spain, and ever since I met her I have been fond of saying that the best way to live is somewhere between the American way and Spanish way.  I’m pretty sure that statement could be applied more broadly as well – somewhere between my way and your way is the best…

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work shortage

A New Explanation For The Current Labor Shortage

By now you’re undoubtedly aware of the latest pandemic paradox: at the same time millions of people are out of work, millions of employers can’t find workers.  The explanations for our current labor shortage have been chalked up to a variety of causes from health concerns to unemployment benefits to remote schooling.  I’m not going…

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How much control do you have

How Much Do We Actually Control?

(Hint – It’s More Than You Think) For most of us, the issue of control is a pretty big one.  We like the idea of being in control at all times – of our diets, our schedules, our financial future, our children.  There are times, of course, when we relinquish control and do wild and…

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remote work

Are Your People Really Happy With Remote Work?

In the last few months I’ve read countless articles and had dozens of conversations with people regarding the reality of remote work.  For the most part, there seems to be no good consensus.  Some people seem to love it and other people hate it, still other people like it a little but don’t want to…

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return to normal

How to Transition Back to “Normal”

It’s finally happening.  After over a year of living with some quite unexpected and unprecedented constraints, the world is finally, slowly opening back up.  Whether we return to a fully open state tomorrow or several months from now – and also regardless of whether you think it should have happened yesterday or should be put…

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perfection

How to Combat the Need for Perfection

I recently had a conversation with a friend I hadn’t spoken to in years.  I’ve always loved talking with this particular friend, but this time she was more somber when the conversation ended.  My friend was working herself to exhaustion – she couldn’t sleep, was losing more weight than she could afford to, and was…

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Why Boredom Is Good For You

It’s safe to say that most of us have experienced a higher-than-average level of boredom in the last 12 months.  Nothing like having everything closed and being forced to stay at home to make you wonder what exactly to do with your time.  For many of us, the answer was to complain about it.  I’ve…

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Moving Forward in 2021

Moving Forward When Everything Has Changed

And here we are.  It’s 2021, and the longest year in living memory is finally behind us.  Time to celebrate and get back to normal, right? Except that there really is no getting back to normal, is there?  Both personally and professionally, you’ve experienced too many changes for too long to just hit ‘reset’ and…

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Positive Thinkinging 2020

Looking On The Bright Side of The Worst Year Ever

We made it!  We are at the end of the longest, most annoying year any of us has experienced.  I think it’s safe to say 2020 has been thoroughly exhausting – and in case you don’t agree, I recommend keeping your thoughts to yourself if you want to keep any of your friends. And yet,…

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zoom fatigue article

Conquering Zoom Fatigue Once and For All

So, you’re sick of videoconferences.  You’re not alone.  Healthy percentages of us – between 25% – 35%, depending on which survey you read – are zoning out on calls, or doing other things, or simply staring at the wall and waiting to hear our names so that we can say, “Uh-huh” or “I agree” and…

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decision making article

Overcome the Paralysis of Making Small Decisions

Sometimes I spend ten minutes trying to decide which pair of pants I should wear.  My wife has been known to agonize for weeks about what theme to choose for our children’s birthday parties.  And my brother once spent two years debating which couch to buy for his living room.  None of these are life-altering…

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