Anese Cavanaugh

5 Areas for Creating Cultural Health that Business Leaders  Can Use to Determine if They Have a Culture & Leadership Problem

Anese Cavanaugh

My team and I have been both deep in the trenches with and also witness to many organizations going through big changes right now. There are several things, many very nuanced however VERY LOUD, to pay attention to in order to truly create organizational and cultural health NOW.

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Is the way you (or your people) are showing up ruining your sales/influence/leadership abilities?

Anese Cavanaugh

If you are working with customers, hiring (and retaining) people, leading people, selling products or services, applying for a new job or promotion, enrolling people in an idea, or essentially wanting to influence anyone about anything — you are in "sales." (I


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Self-care IS a leadership skill — but what about when the people around me don't agree?

Anese Cavanaugh

Fresh off a keynote* last week where I talked about the IEP Method®, self-care as a leadership skill, and how our impact is dependent on our ability to lead our Intentions, Energy, and Presence, I received multiple questions from members of the audience. I love it when this happens.

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Navigating Ambiguity, Toxic & Healthy Culture Makings, and Updates (video)

Anese Cavanaugh

My team and I get asked questions all the time about the quickest three things to do for this or that or all of the above. Building a healthy culture and an authentic Positive Energy Workplace™ takes awareness, honesty, intention, energy, presence, and action.

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Employee Open Enrollment Letter Template

When it comes to benefits, communication is critical. To help you easily explain your offerings at open enrollment, Paycor created an open enrollment sample letter (and a few tips). Download this free Employee Open Enrollment Letter Template today.

Creating an (authentically) Positive Energy Workplace™ & Leadership (video)

Anese Cavanaugh

Why is positive energy important? How do we create it? How does it impact our culture? For years we've worked with leaders and organizations on building healthier more positively contagious cultures and authentic positive energy leadership.

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What is Your Relationship with "Busy"?

Anese Cavanaugh

"Gosh, you are so busy!” is a statement I often hear from people. It’s an assumption people make based upon how I design my time and what I say YES and NO to.

IEP Leadership & Culture Resources Available NOW

Anese Cavanaugh

Hi Everyone, I hope you are staying safe, sound, being kind, and taking care of yourself and those you love and lead. This moment in time is surreal and I'm grateful to be in it with you. I am clear that we will get through this together and I, like you, am.

Navigate Conflict with Those You Love and Lead by Working These Three Things

Anese Cavanaugh

I had what I call a “growth experience” with my daughter recently. Some would call this an argument.)

How are you Showing Up for the Great Resignation?

Anese Cavanaugh

There has been a lot in the media lately about "the Great Resignation" and people leaving the workforce to start their own companies or move to others. Burnout, stress, overwhelm, feeling unseen, unappreciated, and not on purpose being some of the key reasons cited. This checks.

The Energy of a Reset

Anese Cavanaugh

People often wait for a big thing to happen to start to reset their life, their goals, their health, their relationships, their whatever. I'll start fresh after the weekend." I'll start eating well after vacation." I'll put more energy into showing up better after I finish this project."

10 Ways to Keep Your Hourly Employees

Getting and keeping hourly workers is no longer as simple as offering them more cash. Employees have options. But this guide from Paycor will help you put your best foot forward to recruit, retain, and develop hourly workers so you can remain competitive.

Updates, news, and. What are you choosing? Really?

Anese Cavanaugh

Oh gosh. friends. The fodder for today is so rich. I've had so many things happen this last quarter that have informed much of my thinking, inspired me, and given me so many answers to questions I've been grokking literally for over a year.

Navigating Today: Kindness as a Leadership Skill + Culture Builder.

Anese Cavanaugh

I think we have to be extra kind to each other right now. I'm noticing in my work with clients, with things my friends and family are going through, and in my own life that there is this extra level of buzz, tenderness, and sensitivity that seems to go with more things than not right now.

The value of doing your "inner work" to RESET right now

Anese Cavanaugh

We had the final Contagious Culture Book Club meeting today. I love these sessions as the people who show up -- show up, the questions they ask make me think in new ways, the situations shared are real, and the dialogue is rich.

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Are you burning out? Are your people?

Anese Cavanaugh

“It’s naive to think in today’s day and age that an organization does not play a part in their employees’ wellness.” -- Tara Ataya, chief people and diversity officer at Hootsuite.

Navigating the new "busy" now.

Anese Cavanaugh

For some, right now is a moment to pause, take a breath, and intentionally consider what they want to put back into their life to be "busy" with.

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7 Ways To Avoid Today's HR Compliance Risks

With remote work on the rise, salary history bans in effect, and Fair Workweek laws passed, HR compliance has become more challenging. Discover the 7 most prominent HR compliance hurdles of today, and learn how to avoid them detailed in Paycor’s recent guide!

Teaming Takes Time: 3 Considerations for Teaming Well

Anese Cavanaugh

I've worked with my team for years; one member has been with me for almost fourteen years now, another just two. Some vendors for years, some for short bouts. All of them I've learned from -- they've each grown me as a leader in their own ways.

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That "Little" Voice: Do You Listen to It?

Anese Cavanaugh

You're in a conversation with a colleague, maybe on a first date, maybe you're meeting someone on the plane, or you keep noticing that every time you think about this person or that situation, you get a funny feeling in your gut. The context may be personal, it may be professional.

Stop. Breathe. Consider your leadership contagiousness.

Anese Cavanaugh

Resources I'm finding useful right now

Anese Cavanaugh

Navigating this year has been tricky -- I know I'm not alone.

The HR Playbook: How to Decrease Costs & Increase Engagement

Learn how to reduce costs while simultaneously increasing employee morale.

Addressing "Busy," Burnout, Overwhelm, & Self-Care Through Culture

Anese Cavanaugh

I’ve been speaking about “busy” and burnout — navigating it, healing it, and avoiding it — for years. In my work, I’ve found there are several components, that when addressed proactively (and reactively as required), can support us in managing ourselves through it and even avoiding it all together. Self-Awareness Showing Up, IEP Method Stress, Overwhelm and Burnout

Meetings that Suck the Life Out of You (And what to do instead)

Anese Cavanaugh

I had a meeting today with a team who'd asked me for some feedback. Our meeting was to discuss some of the core challenges they were having and how we might address. This is an awesome company, great group of people, doing good and important work, and all totally wiped out. Exhausted.

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How we do one thing is how we do everything

Anese Cavanaugh

I once had a mentor whose grounding principle was "How you do one thing is how you do everything." When I heard it, it kind of landed. Not fully. Truthfully, I wrote it off to "personal development speak" and put it in my back pocket. started to pay attention to where this might be true.

Cultural health starts with individual health — and YES, it’s contagious.

Anese Cavanaugh

Years ago when I wrote CONTAGIOUS CULTURE (McGraw-Hill, 2015), people were surprised to find that when I talked about “creating a healthy culture,” I pointed them to first look at their own leadership health, and how they showed up, to actually create that culture.

HR in 2023: Survey Insights and Predictions

Nearly 6,000 people weighed in on the future of HR. Here’s what they said….

Honoring funerals, pandemics, leadership, and the light.

Anese Cavanaugh

I've got to say, this last month -- not to mention this whole year -- has been a. doozy."

Becoming in 2021

Anese Cavanaugh

Almost every year I write a big broadcast for our subscribers with special queries and exercises to close out the year and bring on the next. You can also search this blog for end of year posts and questions to support you as well.) Since 2020 has proven to be so. deliciously demandingly different.

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Out of Gas? The new OOG Reboot.

Anese Cavanaugh

It was 10 a.m. yesterday when I felt "done" with my day. The previous week had been physically, mentally, and emotionally intense with special attention being needed in the land of "being a mom," "leading a team," "completing" a vendor relationship early, working with clients, and finishing the book! Which is the picture on this post today. I've named it "Organized Meaningful Chaos." That is the book, and its many stages, cut chapters/sections, timelines, etc.

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How We Create Our Own Burnout and What to Do Instead

Anese Cavanaugh

“Am I truly burnt out, or do I just need a nap?”. I love the conversations I get to have with people about where they’re at in their leadership journey. This comment came from a group I’d worked with last year. We’d been discussing burnout, overload, and mindset. And after taking a minute to get away from everything and getting truly present to what was what in each person’s life (personally and professionally), one of the participants posed this question.

The 5 Stages of Account-Based Marketing — and How to Win Them All

Successfully complete the five stages of ABM: define, identify, engage, convert, and connect. We’ll show you how to create a unified system with your sales team to help them land more qualified opportunities and connect with prospects like never before.

What are you designing for?

Anese Cavanaugh

You have a board meeting coming up that will require answers to hard questions, thoughtful delivery, an ask for support, and, if all goes well, will result in a stronger relationship with your board and a solid next step plan at the end of the meeting.

How the conversation has changed this year (part 1)

Anese Cavanaugh

Are you focusing on the right things today to build resilient leaders and a sustainable culture tomorrow? Your intentions, energy, and presence guide your impact. Your focus today builds your leadership and culture today and tomorrow. Are you clear?" This is a question I used to ask clients.

Your Monday Morning (or any morning) Leadership Ritual

Anese Cavanaugh

One of the greatest things we can do right now for those we love and lead is to be able to hold and command our space, bring a solid and loving presence to our lives, and take care of ourselves so we can show up as our best and create a safe and trustworthy space for them. It starts with us.

10 Components of a Sustainable (Healthy) Culture as we Lead Into 2021

Anese Cavanaugh

As we navigate the new business and world environment of today, we'll need to focus more deeply on things we may have been able to dismiss, de-emphasize, or put off, in the past.

The Ultimate Guide to Executive Recruiting

Sourcing the right executive candidates and filling key managerial roles in an organization can be difficult, even in the best of times. Download this eBook to level up your discovery process, talent sourcing, and strategies for reaching your best-fit candidates.

The Financial & Cultural Cost of IEP (or no IEP)

Anese Cavanaugh

When I wrote CONTAGIOUS YOU * last year, I dug deep into data, science, research, and case studies. I wanted to help bridge the gap people often come to the edge of when tying the IEP leadership work (often seen as the "soft stuff") to tangible business costs and outcomes.

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A guide to using Contagious You & Contagious Culture during a Contagious Pandemic.

Anese Cavanaugh

CONTAGIOUS CULTURE, C ONTAGIOUS YOU. Who would have thought we’d be in a CONTAGIOUS PANDEMIC just four months after the release of CONTAGIOUS YOU (the follow on to CONTAGIOUS CULTURE )?

How your leadership will make or break this “reset” (+5 real things to do about it now)

Anese Cavanaugh

I met with a group of executives yesterday about what’s happening in their organizations as they navigate leadership, culture, and COVID-19. This morning I got a note about a CEO sending out a “panicked deck” before his meeting with investors.

A Letter to a Client (and anyone who finds it useful) for moving through COVID-19

Anese Cavanaugh

I've received several notes from clients and colleagues asking me what I think and feel about all that's going on. After all, my two biggest books talk about CONTAGIOUS YOU and CONTAGIOUS CULTURE, and this whole body of work is about SHOWING UP for ourselves and each other.

How to Write OKRs: 45 Effective Examples

Many companies are embracing objectives and key results (OKRs) as the best practice for committing to goals and following through. Objectives are outcomes that reflect current company priorities. Each employee should write OKRs that roll up to larger company goals.