Shrink the Worry POW

A POW is something internal or external that feels like a heavy blow. Think cranky coworkers or missed deadlines or worrying. Unfortunately, for many, worrying about things before they even happen can become a Perpetual POW.

powA Perpetual POW is a challenge that occurs over and over and over. POWs of all kinds can lead to disengagement at work (and home). Have you noticed how unproductive worrying is and how much it adds stress to your life unnecessarily?

Some people might say that worrying helps them get ready for when bad things happens. They say they are mentally prepared. To that, I say, “No Way!” There’s a big difference between preparation and worry.

Let’s say you have a presentation to give at work. Your boss and important customers will be there. You start to worry. The dreaded “what if’s” keep circling around.

What if I forget something?

What if they don’t like my ideas?

What if I take too long?

You get the idea. I suggest that you shrink the Worry POW through preparation.


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Shrinking your POWs is a great way to be more satisfied, energized & productive at work. I’m not talking total optimism; I’m talking about sensible POW shrinking where you turn worry into thinking ahead and preparation. Because it is always good to have your umbrella on a rainy day!

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Behavioral Interviewing: A Tool for Hiring Engaged Employees

behavioralassessmentsThe first step in creating a culture of engagement is finding employees who will fit with the job they have been hired to do and whose values are consistent with those of the organization. That sounds like a challenging task, but it’s by no means impossible!

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Are you addressing the emotional toll from the Ebola virus?

Conversations about the Ebola virus that occur in the press range from hard facts and figures to downright scary real-life stories of illness and death. The CDC has provided helpful information for caregivers ( and hospitals are ramping up quickly to educate their leaders & staff. This is all necessary & good.


What’s missing is helping staff members deal with this very real challenge at an emotional level...(read the rest of my article in Becker’s Hosptial Review by clicking HERE).

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Shift Stories – CJ Marbley

ShiftStories_croppedDid you enjoy the SHIFT Stories video where I interviewed Susan Bindon?

Well I have great news!

This month in the series, I interview CJ Marbley. CJ is the Administrative Director of Perioperative and Invasive Services at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. CJ shares insightful ideas about what it takes to be a successful nursing leader.

Just click HERE to watch the latest video.


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An Open Letter to All Chief Paradise Officers (CPOs)

Dear Chief Paradise Officer,

Thank you!

I know it can be challenging to come to work every day to connect with what gets you satisfied, energized & productive. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to get sucked into the negativity of the Chain Gang members and other negative folks in our lives.

CPOs – Here are 7 things I appreciate about you.

  1. You set an intention for creating your own Professional Paradise each day. (For an easy way to do this, check out the 28-Day Professional Paradise e-Diary).
  2. You recognize the WOWs (internal events that make you feel satisfied, energized & productive) in your workplace and talk about how grateful you are for them.
  3. You work to shrink the POWs (internal or external events that feel like a heavy blow) that you create yourself (think worrying, fretting, procrastination, etc.).
  4. You SHIFT the really tough POWs to WOWs – or at least you try your best. (To download the SHIFT steps, visit
  5. You empathize with those around you who are feeling negative but you don’t let them change your Paradise mindset.
  6. You take great care of yourself outside of work so you have more energy at work (You get a good night’s sleep, exercise, eat well, have fun!).
  7. You give yourself permission to feel bad and then you quickly bounce back (cause we all have a little bit of the Chain Gang in us – haha).

In addition to me, your coworkers, boss, neighbors, friends, family & customers all appreciate the effort you put into creating Professional Paradise. We all like being around you. We feel a positive connection to you and we trust you. Coming in contact with you makes us feel happy and positive.

Thank you Chief Paradise Officers!

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What Advice Did Your Mom Give You?

Many of you that have heard me speak know that I often talk about my mother as the “first Chief Paradise Officer” I ever knew. I share ideas that she taught me in my youth that still impact me today. Well in today’s post, you have the opportunity to hear what Susan Bindon, my special guest on SHIFT Stories, has to share from her mom.

SHIFT Stories is a video series where real nurses share real-world stories of what it takes to stay satisfied, energized & productive in these topsy turvy times. And you DON’T have to be a nurse to benefit from the interview.

It’s short, it’s full of great ideas. In fact I think about one of them frequently. Listen for the part where Susan says, “it’s from the neck up”. That was a great insight for me.

Just click on the video to enjoy my interview with Susan Bindon.


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