Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

From everyone at 5.12 Solutions - we wish you and yours a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a reminder of the beauty of your dreams.

What Guides You? These Will Help...

Everything in life is a choice.

How do you make your choices? What are they based on?

When we are clear about what is most important to us, we can make choices that are aligned with what we want in our lives. Guiding principles help keep us focused throughout the year and give us a foundation to determine the choices we make every day. It is through those daily choices that we build our lives.

Here's a quick visualization exercise you can try to help you create your guiding principles. Journal about the following:

The Choices We Make Create the Life We Live

I wanted to share a quote from a book called The Rythm of Life by Matthew Kelly.

"Everything is a Choice. This is life’s greatest truth and its hardest lesson. It is a great truth because it reminds us of our power. Not power over others, but the often untapped power to be ourselves and to live the life we have imagined.”

He goes on to say that it’s a hard lesson because it causes us to realize that we have chosen the life we are living right now.

Create Your Best Year Yet!

In a recent post, I mentioned that we all respond to our environment in a natural way. Sometimes our responses produce effective, long-term results. Other times, our responses are short-term and reactive. I compared two stances in life - a Problem-Reacting Stance and an Outcome-Creating stance.

What is your Team's Stance?

In my work with Senior Leadership Teams, I've noticed that teams respond to their environment in a natural way. Sometimes their responses produce effective, long-term results. Other times, their responses are short-term and reactive.

Compare the following.

Problem-reacting Stance

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Tips for Onboarding Seasonal Employees

Today's post is from a guest blogger Kyle Lagunas. Whether you have seasonal employees or not, I think you will find this valuable.

Kyle Lagunas is the HR Analyst at Software Advice. On the surface, it's his job to contribute to the ongoing conversation on all things HR. Beyond that, he makes sure his audience is keeping up with important trends and hot topics in the industry. Focused on offering a fresh take on points of interest in his market, he's not your typical HR guy.

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Happy Thanksgiving: I am Grateful for You

Hello Everyone

I wanted to wish you all a very healthy and happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving for me is a time of reflection and a time to come back to the present. It is a time for me to be grateful for all of the wonderful things in my life- most importantly my wife, my family, and my family of friends.

How to Show Gratitude

There couldn't be a better week to talk about gratitude. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are some ideas to show gratitude toward your people.

How Effective Are Your Meetings?

The challenge in many organizations is not just that there are too many meetings, but that there are too many poorly run meetings. As a result people waste time and energy instead of getting "real work" done.

Here is a checklist I use in my strategic team building and team development programs as I observe and provide real time coaching.

Check it out and see how your team is doing.

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