Blue Ocean Brain Blog

Finding Balance: Tips for Putting Stress in Its Place

Finding Balance: Tips for Putting Stress in Its Place

Emotional Intelligence, Company Culture, Employee Well-being   — 4 MIN

How to Set Bigger and Better Goals in 2023

Leadership Development, Hybrid Workforce, Company Culture, Employee Well-being  

4 MIN

When thinking about goal setting, especially creating bigger goals for yourself and your team, one of the first things to consider is this: What is your organization's status quo? And is your hope to...

How to Ask for Feedback

Leadership Development, Company Culture, Employee Well-being  

4 MIN

Research has shown that employees tend to avoid people after they give us negative feedback, and this can lead to performance declines and feedback phobia for the giver and receiver. Leadership...

Becoming a Mindful Leader

Leadership Development, Company Culture, Employee Well-being  

4 MIN

Though mindfulness in the workplace may seem like a new buzzword, it has influenced business practices for decades. You may have heard of scenario planning or scenario and contingency planning—a mode...

The Power of Cognitively Diverse Teams

Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Development, Company Culture, Diversity Equity & Inclusion  

3 MIN

Cognitive diversity is the inclusion of people who have different problem-solving styles and perspectives than our own. Studies have shown that cognitively diverse teams achieve better results and...

Starting Fresh to Push Beyond DEI Fatigue

Leadership Development, Company Culture, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Employee Well-being  

3 MIN

When you consider the fatiguing experience people who have lived a lifetime of inequity and exclusion must feel, the idea of talking about diversity fatigue might seem illogical to some. And yet, as...

Becoming an Empathetic Leader

Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Development  

3 MIN

We have all heard of the soft skill “works well with others.” But what does that mean? And what role does empathy play in it? In today’s world, being a successful leader is more than simply focusing...

How to Build Learning Buy-in from Leaders

Leadership Development, Employee Learning & Development, Company Culture  

4 MIN

HR and L&D professionals are tasked with executing and monitoring learning programs to ensure employees engage and implement the training. For some topics, the “why” behind them is easier for the...

How to Disagree Respectfully in the Workplace

Leadership Development, Company Culture, Employee Well-being  

3 MIN

Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world where we agree on everything that matters? Or to work in a conflict-free environment where everyone feels heard and every idea is good? Unfortunately, that’s...

Traditional DEI Training Doesn’t Work Post-2020—But What Does?

Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Development, Diversity Equity & Inclusion  

5 MIN

The verdict is in: Diverse teams come up with better, more innovative ideas, with a growing body of research showing that these groups produce measurably better output by drawing on the expertise of...

Navigating VUCA in the Workplace

Leadership Development, Hybrid Workforce, Company Culture, Employee Well-being  

4 MIN

You may not be familiar with the acronym VUCA, although you likely have experienced this up-in-the-air feeling when faced with volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. We are living and...

How to Measure the Success of Your L&D Program

Leadership Development, Company Culture, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Employee Well-being  

4 MIN

With recent studies revealing that one of the top reasons employees leave an organization is a lack of development and advancement opportunities, a robust learning and development (L&D) program is...

Quiet Quitting: What it Means for Company Culture

Leadership Development, Employee Learning & Development, Hybrid Workforce, Company Culture, Employee Well-being  

4 MIN

These days, terms like Great Resignation, unplugging, and remote work are all over the place. From navigating transitions back to the office, creating fully remote positions, or adopting hybrid...

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