work life balance

Does work-life balance actually exist?

This term has been thrown around time and time again. It’s work-life balance and it’s something that I’ve got a bit of a gripe with. I’ll proudly jump on my soapbox and let you know why. In fact, I’ll do that right now. I’m Ryan, the Lead Facilitator of our Science of Recovery program, and …

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How to help your high performers avoid burnout

One of the key responsibilities of a leader is to cultivate, encourage and grow high performers. This investment in a high performer is usually a reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationship as the high performers in our teams often become our go-to people. They end up being the ones we rely on to get through the …

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growth mindset vs fixed mindset

The differences between a fixed and growth mindset

Moment by moment, day by day, we choose our mindset. When we start our day, begin a conversation or enter a meeting, we have a choice to make.  Will you approach the situations that lay ahead of you with a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? If you’re unsure of the differences between a fixed …

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atomic habits

Atomic Habits book review + powerful insights

Looking for an extremely practical, incredibly interesting read about habits? Well, look no further than Atomic Habits by James Clear. This book has had prime placement on the Pragmatic Thinking bookshelf since it was published back in 2018, so we figured it was about time we shared this gem with you. Read on for a …

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strengths-based approach

How to start a strengths-based approach with your team

Taking a strengths-based approach with your team can lead to some pretty awesome results, but where do you even begin? Today we’re going to look at what goes into a strengths-based approach and how managers and team leaders can get started with it. Curious to see what’s possible when we focus on developing and using …

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developing your strengths

The importance of developing your strengths

How often do you spend time developing your strengths? Neurological studies indicate that we are hardwired to excel when we are focusing on our areas of strength. Despite this, we often spend most of our time and energy on trying to get from bad to merely mediocre in our areas of weakness. Keep on reading …

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perfectionism

The truth about perfectionism in the workplace

As well-meaning as the term sounds, perfectionism is far less than perfect. It’s actually pretty destructive and can be the invisible thread that is holding your people back from achieving their full potential. If you’re curious as to how perfectionism could be impacting your team or hindering your own performance, keep on reading.   What …

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reset your focus

How to reset your focus in a stressful moment at work

If you want to achieve peak performance in your work life, you’ve got to find ways to reset your focus. Things will crop up; mistakes will be made; projects will challenge you and situations might give you a headache from time to time. Whatever is causing you to stress at work, give yourself the tools …

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saying no at work

Getting comfortable saying no at work (and why it’s difficult)

If you struggle with saying no at work, you’re not alone. Many people struggle to say no to both work-related requests and personal commitments, regardless of how much they actually don’t want to do that thing. As homo sapiens, our brains are wired to say yes to our peers thanks to a little thing called …

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