9 03, 2017

How Negativity Adversely Affects Your Health  

By | 2017-03-09T09:17:18+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Wellness|

For most of my adult life, I’ve believed one’s outlook affects one's health. My unscientific observation has been that pessimistic people have more illnesses and ailments than the folks who see the brighter side of life. I wholeheartedly believe part of the difference is self-fulfilling, and some of it is the harm negativity does to [...]

16 02, 2017

How to Create Volunteerism Buy-in

By | 2017-02-16T08:04:52+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Wellness|

I’m privileged to organize two annual events at TKO Graphix, a blood drive for the Indiana Blood Center  (Next Monday 2/20/17 from 9 am until 11:30 am, join us!) and the Salvation Army Indiana Angel Tree Toy Drive. Both are near and dear to my heart, but what’s more important is that many TKO teammates are [...]

15 02, 2017

Knockout Smoking

By | 2017-02-15T12:16:34+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Wellness|

We asked a few of our TKO Teammates, who have smoked and quit, to share their stories in the hopes that it might help those on our team that smoke to take the plunge to becoming tobacco free!   Becky Maners How long did you smoke? “Since I was 16-years-old.” How much did you smoke, [...]

8 02, 2017

Is It Time to Quit Tobacco?

By | 2017-02-08T10:16:03+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Wellness|

I quit tobacco in 1997. It’s been 20 years since I last took a drag on a Newport. At my peak, I smoked three packs a day. I survived, but there are lingering effects from my 20 plus years of tobacco use. I‘m luckier than many. My lungs haven’t been eaten alive by cancer; emphysema [...]

7 12, 2016

Ten Ways to Fight Holiday Stress

By | 2016-12-07T12:13:42+00:00 December 7th, 2016|Wellness|

Most everyone experiences some level of stress during the holidays. Last minute shopping, agonizing over whether Uncle Pete will get along with Uncle Bob at the Christmas party, and wondering if everyone will like your homemade cookies can lead to stress. But if we stop to think about it, most of our holiday stress is [...]

18 11, 2016

The Health and Wellness Benefits of Hiking

By | 2016-11-18T11:37:58+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Wellness|

Anyone who follows me on Instagram knows I share a lot of images from the trails. In his book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Happens at the End, Atul Gawande asks when is the price of living no longer worth the dividend? For me, it would be difficult to imagine a life without a walk in the woods. Eight [...]

20 10, 2016

7 Ways to Improve Working with Yourself

By | 2016-10-21T10:34:18+00:00 October 20th, 2016|Leadership Values, Wellness|

I’ve written about improving workplace communications and breaking down silos, but improving how you work with others may need to start with how you treat yourself. Someone said it’s hard to love anyone if you don’t love yourself. The same is true for leadership. It’s hard to lead if you don’t lead yourself, and it’s [...]

1 07, 2016

Thin it to Win it

By | 2016-07-15T08:44:09+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Wellness|

I originally wrote this as an internal newsletter article, but the more I thought about it, the more I believed it had worth as a blog post. There are lessons here for any organization, and besides I wanted to recognize a few of the great people I’m privileged to work with. It Starts with the [...]