Team Building For Leadership Transition: A Case Study

Team Building For Leadership Transition: A Case Study

  What happens when a colleague and team member gets promoted, and becomes the one in charge? It can certainly present challenges, but it can also lead to a more united and productive team. Just ask Sarah Waddle, State Director, AARP Indiana and Vida Aventura...

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Top Tips for Leading a Virtual Team

Top Tips for Leading a Virtual Team

"There’s a misconception that people who work from home let their home-life distractions spill into their work. For many remote workers, however, the opposite is often the case. " - Robert Glazer   How do leaders create a company’s culture and unique remote work...

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How Practicing Gratitude Impacts Everything

How Practicing Gratitude Impacts Everything

Gratitude. I sometimes get an eye roll or a sigh from a Vida Aventura client when I mention the importance of gratitude, just because the word is used so often. Keeping gratitude journals and having an “attitude of gratitude” have become automatic suggestions by...

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New Global Fortune 500 Remote Work Policy Hits The Mark

New Global Fortune 500 Remote Work Policy Hits The Mark

Have you started day-drinking yet? I’m only half-way joking. In a recent Vida Aventura blog, I discussed ways executives, leaders and managers are changing things up a bit by breaking the rules - and recreating what the workplace looks like. I also shared how I’ve...

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22 Quotes You Need Right Now

22 Quotes You Need Right Now

I recently had to make the grueling decision to put my beloved Ani, an 18-year-old Lhasa Apso, to sleep. Her health had been failing over the past year, and while I knew the day would eventually come, it was beyond challenging to get through it. I’m still trying to...

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WFH 2020: Day Drinking & Breaking the Rules

WFH 2020: Day Drinking & Breaking the Rules

Are you a rule breaker, or a rule follower? There’s certainly a time and place for everything, but right here, right now - when everything seems like it’s been turned upside down and inside out - maybe it’s time to break a few rules.  As Mary Engelbreit famously said,...

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5 Tips on Making Boring Tasks More Engaging

5 Tips on Making Boring Tasks More Engaging

Are you doing a task that’s taking forever to complete because you don’t find it exciting? Whether you have a dream job or doing something you aren’t passionate about, boredom often creeps in. When it does, performance can nosedive. Luckily, there are ways to make any...

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It’s Time To Do the Work

It’s Time To Do the Work

Deseri Garcia, Founder of Vida Aventura, shared this message with clients and business partners on June 2, 2020  in response to recent global protests, racial injustice, and the Black Lives Matter movement.   Like many of you, my heart is breaking from the...

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5 Coping Tips For 2020: Coronavirus, Protests and Uncertainty

5 Coping Tips For 2020: Coronavirus, Protests and Uncertainty

Hardly a day goes by without a client or friend calling me to talk about the unusually high level of stress and anxiety they’re experiencing right now. It’s not a coincidence. Researchers and mental health professionals are sounding alarms because stress and anxiety...

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The Significance of Developing Strong Company Culture

The Significance of Developing Strong Company Culture

The term “company culture” gets thrown around a lot in the business world, and it’s not uncommon to not fully grasp what it actually is, and how it fits into the workplace. Basically, company culture defines an organization’s values; it’s the personality of the...

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21 Quarantine Quotes to Help Get You Through The Day

21 Quarantine Quotes to Help Get You Through The Day

I’ve always been a quote lover and sharer. There’s something wonderful about a powerful sentence or paragraph that succinctly describes a feeling, experience, or thought.  Over the past few months, I have found them even more helpful in my shelter-at-home routine....

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5 Leadership Tips for Managing Work From Home Burnout

5 Leadership Tips for Managing Work From Home Burnout

When was the last time you heard about a Fortune 500 leader telling all employees - almost 119,000 of them - to take the day off? For me, the answer is ... well, never. But that’s exactly what happened last week when Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced a company-wide...

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Mental Fatigue and Boxing with Ghosts

Mental Fatigue and Boxing with Ghosts

If you’ve ever worked with me, read my blogs, or heard me speak, you know that, under normal circumstances, I’m a big fan of setting goals and finding ways to increase productivity. But right now, things are not normal. COVID-19 and quarantine are presenting new and...

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Coaching as a Career

Coaching as a Career

"I got this, Coach!" is music to a coach’s ears. Whether you are coaching a pro sports team, a Little League team, a corporate executive or an individual, that saying never gets old. Have you dreamed of building a career in coaching? Recently I was asked to...

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Virtual Team Leadership Tips: Remote Working Q&A

Virtual Team Leadership Tips: Remote Working Q&A

It doesn’t matter how sophisticated your virtual team software is, or how creative your video conferences are, there’s something that will always be missing when business is conducted remotely, and that’s face-to-face communication. Yes, it’s a big deal. According to...

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4 Ways To Use Personalization In The Workplace

4 Ways To Use Personalization In The Workplace

Business leaders everywhere know how valuable personalization can be to their customers. Your clients expect you to create meaningful moments for them when they’re purchasing products and services from you, based on their interests and needs. The more relevant you...

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Disengagement Derailing Your Team Dynamic?

Disengagement Derailing Your Team Dynamic?

Many leaders struggle with disengagement, dysfunction and destructive behaviors with their teams. If you've ever managed someone who always "seems to be working" but doesn’t have much to show for it. Or if you have team members who are unable to accept authority,...

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