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New Ways To Navigate The Increasing Complexities of Work

About two years ago, while reading Jennifer Garvey Berger’s Simple Habits for Complex Times, I was introduced to the distinction between complex and complicated. This distinction, more than anything I had previously learned, helped me to understand why we often get stuck and frustrated by the challenges we face. What was most liberating for me […]

Ronni Hendel-Giller
The Struggles of Remote Work — Addressing Employee Anxiety

Remote work can feel like flying blind sometimes. The regular stream of verbal cues we get from those around us in an office are absent.

Jane Watson
The Best ‘Back from Vacation’ Ever

For too many people, the stress of trying to get away, and then catch up when they return, makes the process of taking a vacation counter-productive.

Lora Crestan
Do you have a mission? Or just a job?

There are people who just have a job, and there are others whose work is part of a bigger personal mission. Sadly, there are far more people with just jobs.

Dionne England
Relationships that Work — Align Values to Find Perfect Fit

Think about the most enjoyable business relationships you’ve had. I am going to bet that you shared similar values, expectations, and more.

Shawn Shepheard
Crossing the Cultural Rubicon

Courage and faith are required of the leader, because once you commit to crossing the cultural Rubicon, there is no turning back. But you won’t want to.

Michael Darmody
Celebrating Actionable’s Culture

I’m so proud and grateful to be part of a team that understands their role in cultivating the culture that we want and need.

Jane Watson
How to Make Sure Your Meetings Don’t Suck

Meetings don’t have to suck. Meetings, when done right, can be a great way to foster collaboration, creativity and engagement.

Carolyn Ellis
How Actionable Improves the World of (My) Work

I don’t work for Actionable in an effort to fulfill a job description and get paid. I work for Actionable in order to be a part of something so much bigger.

Alysha DeMarsh
The Costs of CYA Behavior

CYA behavior is a clear indication there is a lack of trust on our teams, and manifests in sending too many emails, and attending too many meetings.

Dionne England
In the Face of Incivility, Choose to Thrive

If incivility chips away at health and performance, and if, collectively, we are feeling bombarded by incivility, what can we do?

Ronni Hendel-Giller
The Intimacies of Remote Working

Actionable is a completely remote working environment—many of us have never met in person. And yet we know each other on a deeply personal level.

Andrew Speer
Values in Action — How We Embody Our Ideals

Watching our company values in action at Summit deepened my understanding and connection to our culture as an organization.

Sara Saddington
Fresh Perspective — The Power of Stepping Away

Stepping back from anything—a dilemma, a relationship, or yes, even a job—is really valuable. It provides a lot of clarity and fresh perspective.

Andy Budgell
Actionable’s Learning Culture: How Learning Has Helped Expand My Role

Actionable walks the talk on our values—we don’t just write about why organizations to create a learning culture, we embed these lessons in our daily work.

Alysha DeMarsh
Managing the Bubble: How to Cultivate Presence

We all have one: that cartoon-like bubble above our heads, filled with thoughts, beliefs, judgments, assumptions, fears, biases, and experiences, that colors our ability to be present and engaged.

Catherine Harrison
Redesigning Roles: Leaving the Traditional Org Chart Behind

The ability for organizations to change is not a luxury. Yet the notion that we can put people into little boxes and then be ‘agile’ and adaptive is completely at odds with that reality.

Jane Watson
Brand Matters — How Actionable Built a Visual Identity

We set out to create four logos that would embody the spirit of Actionable, while at the same time creating a new and consistent look—a clear brand.

Anna Schmohe
Make Every Day a Good Day — At Work and Beyond

Research shows that resilience is directly linked with happiness. And, it’s important to note that we’re talking about actually experiencing positive emotions, rather than avoiding negative emotions.

Ronni Hendel-Giller
Forget Bean Bag Chairs—Millennials Want to Make an Impact

My managers don’t need to provide bean bag chairs or ping pong tournaments—the opportunity to do great work that matters is more than enough to keep me engaged.

Alysha DeMarsh
How Leaders Can Create Healthy, Resilient Teams

If your team is struggling with engagement, try one of these techniques to encourage a healthy work environment.

Sara Saddington
Introducing Jane Watson, Talent Vanguard

I was delighted to chat with Jane about the extensive experience she brings to the Actionable team and her vision for the future of the company.

Sara Saddington
Finding My Tribe—Why It’s Ok To Get Personal At Work

We need to be having more of these conversations at work. We can’t keep leaving our personal lives at the door, and expecting people to be engaged and passionate about our work.

Alyssa Burkus
How to Stop Hiding Behind Busyness

Many teams never escape the “I’m busy” phase. What’s worse is they wear their busyness as a badge of honor. They seem to say, “I’m busy because my job is important.”

Shawn Shepheard
Why Knowing Yourself is Critical in a ROWE

There are three key things that I find help me be productive in a ROWE: timing, environment, and optimum stress level.

Alysha DeMarsh
The Limits of “Unlimited” Vacation

As with many great company policies, “unlimited” vacation in a ROWE does have its downsides. It’s not as simple as just booking a trip and hitting the road.

Cristina Melnik
The Downside of “Work Anywhere” Culture: Fighting The Urge To Work Non-Stop

With the contagious enthusiasm of the Actionable team, and with the values that make working with them an inspiring experience, I hope to improve a little every day.

Sara Saddington
8 Essential Conversations Leaders Need to Have With Their Teams

To create a great culture, team leaders need to be having regular conversations with their teams (and not just about project updates).

Sara Saddington
Communication Issue? Look to Your Culture

Effective communication strategies are crucial, but I’d also urge you to think deeply about what effective communication looks like for your team. Every group will have different ideas and goals.

Sara Saddington
Better Together: The Actionable Way

What makes us a cohesive, collaborative team is our respect for each others’ unique lifestyles, expertise, time zones, and leadership. We work with each other, never against or in spite of each other.

Alysha DeMarsh
Engaged Employees are Self-Managers

Allowing employees to manage themselves—to establish effective work flows and processes, and to manage their own time—is a crucial component of creating and maintaining employee engagement.

Sara Saddington
First, Define Your Culture

Within the teams you have established, it’s a practical business investment to take the time to ensure the members of your team have a clear sense of their role and the culture of the company.

Sara Saddington
Finding My Dream Job — Why Interviews Need to Be Honest Conversations

Finally, after many terrible interviews that left me feeling discouraged and deflated, I spoke with Chris Taylor. From our first conversation I felt that I could be myself, ask questions, and talk openly about my aspirations.

Alysha DeMarsh
What to Read to Become More Adaptable

These three summaries will give you the framework you need to create a learning, creative culture in your organization, and build an engaged team that is capable of navigating new challenges.

Sara Saddington
Protect the Culture

If you’re hiring for culture, look for impassioned people. People who will (respectfully) disagree on certain points because they know truly who they are and what matters to them.

Chris Taylor
Ask Why at Least Three Times: Better Employee Engagement in One Conversation

To avoid complacency and create engaged employees, it is crucial to step back and examine the purpose and processes (the why and the how) that inform outcomes.

Sara Saddington
Why Every Workplace Should Give Trust Freely

When I joined the Actionable Team, I quickly came to learn that autonomy is imperative in a Results Only Work Environment (ROWE), and closely tied with the core values of Actionable.

Cristina Melnik
It’s Your Results That Matter at Actionable

At Actionable, we have the power and responsibility to manage our own schedules. The highly collaborative and engaged teams own their projects and get a lot done.

Sara Saddington
How Long is Your Year?

When you’re going through bursts of growth, it’s important to set the heading (vision), and then schedule “annual planning” sessions for a more frequent schedule.

Chris Taylor
There’s Clear ROI to Having Great Workplace Conversations

The data is clear: teams in the top-quartile of engagement see higher customer metrics, higher productivity, higher profitability, and lower absenteeism.

Sara Saddington
A Sabbatical Dream Come True

I feel incredibly fortunate to work at an organization like Actionable where something like a sabbatical is not only offered, but embraced. Without the support of Chris and my colleagues, this wouldn’t be possible.

Andy Budgell
Hot Topics in Books: Building Engaging Cultures

Building a strong workplace culture with engaged employees is crucial for success. We have curated a list of great reads to get you started.

Andy Budgell
Recent Highlights from The 21st Century Workplace podcast

Over the last two years, we’ve had amazing guests join our 21st Century Workplace podcast. Check out some of the great authors who have joined us recently this year.

Andy Budgell
How Your New Hires Interpret Your Culture From Day One

Sink or swim. That was the onboarding philosophy of one company I started at. I was given a desk, phone and a database of cold files, and invited to start selling.

Nikki Barrett
The Truth About Working From Home

The expectations of working from home are the same as any other job. If you don’t get the work done, you’ll be replaced by someone who can. There are deadlines to be met, meetings to attend.

Andy Budgell