Don’t miss the mark on empathy, says Julia Kerr Henkel, MD of Lumminos

Empathy is the skill of the future to create greater belonging and cohesion, she says. We all tend to think of ourselves, perhaps somewhat generously, as being empathetic – maybe even great listeners. But are you really? What does it take to be…


Is it the thief of time? Understanding why you procrastinate

The tendency to procrastinate is a problem for many people. The solution to overcome procrastination can be simple and with practice, the method can become second nature. People often procrastinate when a task is associated with a negative emotion…


Understanding motivation in ourselves and others

We often see self-motivation as a desirable trait in ourselves and others, and yet it can also be somewhat elusive, especially when we’re overwhelmed or easily distracted, and it can be difficult to harness and encourage in others. Motivation comes…


Feedback to move forward – a guideline to having those tough conversations

While many would agree that giving and receiving feedback in the workplace is important and necessary, it can feel really uncomfortable, possibly even leading to avoidance. However, avoidance is not the answer, especially when there are recurring…


The courage to REST – a toolkit to manage perspective

We cannot control our environment. We tend to allow our external circumstances to dictate our internal wellbeing and behaviour, which can be disempowering and unproductive. Since we can only control our perspective of our environment, the…


Answer the call to courage with Brené Brown's Dare to Lead online series

The world requires daring leadership, and leaders are having to develop new skills to meet the challenges of business in today's unpredictable climate. Julia Kerr Henkel, MD of Lumminos and a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, is hosting the next…


Motivating your team when traditional reward levers aren’t available

Julia Kerr Henkel, MD of Lumminos, offers 10 ways to maintain enthusiasm in tough times. While you and your team might have embraced the need to summon up additional energy during the first year of the pandemic, many people seem to be feeling…


What is psychological safety and why is it important in the workplace?

You may have made it through 2020 as a successful team leader, despite all the challenges, but how do you know if your team is feeling safe and engaged as we forge ahead into another trying year? Psychological safety is a key ingredient for high…


Setting your intentions for the year ahead

With the start of a new year, we may be tempted to set new year’s resolutions that often include things like losing weight, exercising more, sticking to a budget, becoming more organised, learning a new skill etc… But as our lives get busy again,…


How to set and maintain healthy boundaries as a leader

For both leaders and employees, the workplace (physical and virtual) is rife with emotional complexities, making it essential for all stakeholders to learn key communication and interpersonal skills. Arguably, one of the most important skills in…