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May 17, 2017 | By: Grace Lyman

If You Want to Focus, Unfocus.

In today’s world of noise and distraction, focus is one of the more coveted traits among leaders. Indeed we chug coffee, drown out office banter with our headphones, and glue our eyes to screens for hours to concentrate on the task at hand. Yet as praised as it is, there ...

May 4, 2017 | By: Grace Lyman

3 Lessons on Love from Bob Goff

In April, we had the distinct pleasure of hosting Bob Goff—author of the NYTimes bestseller “Love Does,” global philanthropist and honorary consul to Uganda—for a sold out event. Bob’s visit drew listeners to Wellspire from across the Southeast, and now we know why—his electric energy and empowering stories touched ...

Apr 13, 2017 | By: Grace Lyman

Are You the Person Colleagues Always Vent To?

Since conflict in organizations is inevitable, it’s likely that most of us have lent an open ear to a venting colleague from time to time. Those of us with a knack for conflict management, however, may have adapted this skill into our daily role and routine. Enter what ...

Apr 5, 2017 | By: Grace Lyman

Are You a Modern Day Martyr?

We all know that person, the “yes man” who offers to stay late, arrive early, pick up supplies, and take care of all other to-dos, only to complain about it and demand praise afterwards. Meet the modern day martyr. When we hear the word martyr, we typically think of historical ...

Feb 27, 2017 | By: Grace Lyman

3 Steps to Creating a Culture of Feedback

Let’s face it: feedback can feel awkward for both the giver and the receiver. Maybe that’s why fewer than 6% of companies report feedback as a daily process. But the days of once-a-year feedback sessions are long over. New research from Gallup suggests that the best managers around the ...

Feb 10, 2017 | By: Grace Lyman

4 Steps to Having a Difficult Conversation with Nonviolent Communication

We’ve all been there: so desperate to avoid the discomfort and frustration of a difficult conversation that we’re willing to skip it altogether. Oftentimes, we bring so much emotion to a difficult conversation that we forget what it is we were trying to get across in the first ...

Jan 19, 2017 | By: Grace Lyman

This Behavior Is Costing You $7500 Per Employee

Turns out it’s not what you’re doing—but what you’re not doing—that’s impacting your bottom line the most. According to new research by HBR and VitalSmarts, a “culture of silence” — wherein employees and leaders feel that they cannot give voice to the problems they see — wastes the ...

Jan 9, 2017 | By: Grace Lyman

What We Learned From One of Nashville’s Boldest Businessmen

Michael Burcham’s resumé is proof of his business expertise: Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, founding CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Co-Chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the US Secretary of Commerce, and most recently, founding CEO ...

Dec 13, 2016 | By: Grace Lyman

Ever Feel Like You Don’t Belong? Here’s Why.

Have you ever felt utterly unequipped for your role— like you got to where you are based on luck or connections, rather than on your skill set? While “Imposter Syndrome” has made its way into mainstream jargon recently, the concept of an “Imposter Phenomenon,” or IP, dates back to the ...

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