How the Things We Value Shape Our Identity 

Each of our companies has a set of values. These are listed on our websites, shared when new members join our teams, and put on posters around our offices. Those values guide us and shape the identities of our companies. For instance, at GAN we have the value of “celebration”. When we describe the value […]

The New Non-Work Schedule for an Energetic Life

Over the last three months, I’ve had more energy than I’ve had in the previous three years.  The reason is twofold: first, my work schedule is “under control.” I wrote about this a few months ago— Regan (who oversees my calendar) and I spent a lot of time prioritizing the things that need to be prioritized, […]

The Right Kind of Time Off

Time Off and Our Mental Health As I talk with people about the last few weeks, I don’t hear many stories of people taking time off work. And, this isn’t just true in COVID-19 times. In 2018, a record of 768 million vacation days went unused by employees. That is 768 million days that could have been taken to […]

Learning to Listen

My Mother-in-Law’s Story My wife was talking to her mom last week, who mentioned that she had just finished talking to a colleague. My mother-in-law, a white woman, shared that she had reached out to her colleague because she was hearing countless CEOs and companies say that they’re going to be “listening” a lot more […]

Why We Might Be Feeling a Little Off

This past Monday, our team had our daily morning standup. And, when I joined the call, everyone seemed a little down. There wasn’t the normal banter that we have. As we started to go around the call and ask how everyone was doing, no one had any real highlights. It was a weekend (like most weekends […]

When Things Don’t Feel Right

My family, team and I just finished week two of being homebound. You probably did too, or maybe you are several weeks or months ahead of us.  Lately, I’ve started to feel the sadness, frustrations, and loneliness of being homebound. I miss my friends. I miss going to the gym. I miss going out to […]

An Introduction to Happiness: Work

Over the last few weeks, I have been sharing this idea of being happy at work. Why? Because when you ask the members of Generation Z (the next generation coming into the workforce) what they value most in life, most have a simple answer: Happiness. Happy people are “12% more productive” than those who aren’t, […]

An Introduction to Happiness: Relationships

Over the last few weeks, I have been sharing this idea of being happy at work. Why? Because when you ask the members of Generation Z (the next generation coming into the workforce) what they value most in life, most have a simple answer: Happiness. Happy people are “12% more productive” than those who aren’t, […]

An Introduction to Happiness: Rest

Last week, I shared this idea of being happy at work. Why? Because when you ask the members of Generation Z (the next generation coming into the workforce) what they value most in life, most have a simple answer: Happiness. People who are happy are “12% more productive” than those who aren’t, according to a comprehensive study from the University of Warwick.