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Self-Esteem, Part I: What is Self-Esteem?

Author:
Will Schutz, Ph.D.
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Self-esteem is the feeling I have about my self-concept.  When what I want for myself matches what I perceive myself to be, I have a positive self-concept, which in turn helps me feel as alive, self-determining, self-aware, significant, competent, and likable as I want to be.  Self-esteem comes from successfully choosing to be the type … Continued

Assumptions of The Human Element Approach

The key principles of The Human Element—truth, choice, and awareness—when applied, change many of our common beliefs about the way people work.  These new assumptions can have a profound effect on our work, our relationships, and our lives. Self-Esteem Common belief: Focusing on self-esteem, per se drains energy from productive work. Feel-good activities should be … Continued

Turnaround of Boutique Resort & Spa to Multiple Award-Winning Employer of the Year Organization

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Lorin Gold
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Organization: Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa, an award-winning, 5-star oceanfront boutique luxury resort, located on Vancouver Island, Canada. Issue: Natasha Richardson was hired as General Manager to turn around the resort and to change brand caché for potential guests. Employee turnover was at an all-time high of 72%, and the reputation amongst locals was as … Continued

Attitude Adjustments: Don’t Change People, Inspire Them!

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Ethan Schutz
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In part 6 in our series on corporate culture and attitudes, we established that coping with our fears allows us to form continuous positive attitudes. But how do we get everyone to master their fears and change their attitudes? Not everybody is going to do this, right? Maybe not. But, maybe more will than you … Continued

Attitude Adjustments: Mastering Coping

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Ethan Schutz
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We left off in Part 5 of our series on corporate culture and attitudes discussing how imperative coping is when we are seeking to adjust attitudes and quit the blame game. But mastering coping doesn’t happen overnight. Nor do we learn to cope in moments of crisis. Instead, we must learn ahead of time so … Continued

Attitude Adjustments: Coping is the Cure

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Ethan Schutz
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In our last installment in our series on attitudes in the workplace, we explored how corporate cultures free of blame are much more pleasant and productive. So then why we do we blame at all? Often, we claim that we blame others in the name of justice or fairness. Sometimes we blame others because we … Continued

Attitude Adjustment: Nobody Wins the Blame Game

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Ethan Schutz
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“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” — Victor Frankel, survivor of a Nazi concentration camp, Man’s Search for Meaning Attitude is the lubricant that makes our organizations hum. When we have … Continued

Attitude Adjustment: Start with Yourself

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Ethan Schutz
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In our last installment, we discussed the role of the Behavior Police and the fact that their presence can hinder productivity and have a negative effect on your company culture. Moving forward efficiently requires an alternate approach. Returning to our example of the healthcare organization in the process of launching a new facility, we find … Continued

Attitude Adjustment: Look Out for the Behavior Police

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Ethan Schutz
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In our last installment, we began discussing the impact attitudes have on company culture and employee performance during stressful, high-pressure situations. Our examination of a health care organization’s process as they launch a new facility revealed that everyone has an attitude – leadership and employees alike – and that there are several types of negative … Continued

Attitude Adjustment: Maximizing Potential and Solving Problems

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Ethan Schutz
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It’s a classic dilemma: the situations where you and your team need to perform at your best – high pressure, high performance business growth scenarios – are inherently stressful, which leads to negative attitudes that slow productivity, stifle creative thinking, and make hitting target goals and objectives much more difficult. It doesn’t have to be … Continued