Author Archives: Amy Kay Watson

How are you holding up?

I am privileged to feel a connection with several good-hearted people in my city. I’ve worked with some of them in past career stops. I’m partnering with some of them on community projects now. Some of them go to my church. Some I’ve just met through networking. They are lovely, caring people. And I’m noticing […]

Are you in?

When was the last time you asked yourself, “Do I really want to keep doing this?” You might have been feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, depressed, or exasperated, but I have a secret. That moment, when you are deciding if you are in or out — that’s a powerful moment! It’s a spiritual moment! When you decide whether […]

Get Better At Predicting Your Effectiveness

Just two years into my first dream job, I got fired. Like many new managers, I had been promoted because I was ambitious and good at the front-line work. But as soon as I was promoted I started using my authority to boss people around. I assumed I was right and they were wrong, and […]

Is your employee your customer?

Karla was tearing her hair out in frustration over two employees. “They just won’t get along. They’re constantly bringing me their problems. First one complains and then the other, always about each other. Neither of them is wrong, exactly. I just wish they’d focus on getting work done instead of worrying about what someone else […]

5 Immediate Use Strategies for Taming Email (BONUS VIDEO: Email as a spiritual practice)

Most of the time I write about how purpose-driven leaders can be more effective in their working relationships, and so a topic like “taming email” may seem like a strange departure. And yet, I believe that email overwhelm is at its heart about relationships. You might avoid an email because it contains something difficult, and […]

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