Last month, the majority of LinkedIn’s 15,900 employees worldwide got a paid week off.

I’ve been a LinkedIn Learning (course) author for the last 5 years and have been fortunate to work with many of LinkedIn’s internal teams as well. I know firsthand, LinkedIn has always played the long game of attracting and retaining exemplary talent.

While not everyone has the ability to shut it down for a week, there are several things to learn from LinkedIn’s bold PTO move:

1. “Vacation Guilt” is real. When you’re the “only one” on vacation, it can feel like you’re leaving your team…


*Burnout* seems to be the word of the year. For many organizations, the shift to virtual work, an onslaught of urgent changes, and the ominous shadow of an uncertain future have contributed to a workforce that is exhausted.

Much of what has been written about burnout is directed at managers. How to give employees praise, offer flex-time, keep morale high, etc.

But what happens when it’s your boss who is missing deadlines, raining on parades, and falling asleep during meetings?

Working for a burned-out boss can quickly lead to being burned out yourself. The mood of the leader has…


When teams that were used to working together in person shifted to virtual, they had a wellspring of mutual goodwill to draw upon. They’d been through change, challenge, and growth together. The existing goodwill enabled them to power through virtual work even when it may have been frustrating or isolating.

Newer teammates do not have those same benefits. In many cases, they haven’t met a single person outside of a Zoom call. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be successful. …


If you’ve ever tried, and perhaps succeeded in achieving a big goal, you know that great results require hard work (and lots of it). The sacrifice and struggle associated with accomplishment are part of the puritan work ethic, bootstrap-it-up mythology many of us have been marinating in since birth, both in our culture and in our family of origin.

But what if that collective tough-it-out story and the beliefs behind it are making things harder for us than they need to be?

In the new book, Effortless: How to Make It Easy to Do What Matters, author Greg McKeown puts…


What if you could change the way you experience your work by simply shifting your lens? What if someone else’s perspective on your work could bring you more happiness and energy even when circumstances seem to be working against you?

Years ago, when I was a corporate trainer, I was on the road most weeks. One night, after a delayed flight to Dallas, I arrived at my hotel at 1AM. The desk clerk couldn’t find the training manuals I’d shipped ahead. I knew they were there; I’d already checked for proof of delivery. I needed them by 7 AM. So…


I’ve seen incredibly talented people not get the job, miss the promotion, or even lose business to a less skilled competitor. You probably have too, or maybe you’ve even been one of them yourself. It’s not that these high achievers aren’t motivated or talented enough; it’s that they succumbed to some of the traps so common to high performers.

Here are 4 traps that often weaken otherwise A-players and how you can avoid them:

  1. Being terrified of big, public failure.

Being afraid of failure, especially public failure, can keep otherwise ambitious people on the sidelines. Yet the innovators and entrepreneurs…


As we approach what is typically “performance review season” many high performers are faced with two seemingly competing inner voices:

  • I should be grateful I even have a job
  • I still want to climb the ladder

It’s not a false dichotomy. You should be grateful. And you should also continue to build your career, even if seemingly nothing this year went “according to plan.”

For months, the 2020 mantra was, “let’s kick the can down the road.” There was an assumption that we can wait until this is “all over” to be strategic, focus on learning and development, grow…


If you woke up to today’s to-do list and felt a wave of tiredness come over you, you’re not alone. For many, once fulfilling roles and engaging teams morphed into a crowded inbox, devoid of inspiration and purpose.

The reason is often lack of meaning. Meaning stems from a belief that our work matters to someone. It’s hard to feel inspired when you’re just checking the boxes.

The ability to create shared belief is a hallmark of top-tier organizations, be it a company, a family, or a community. When the hearts and minds are aligned towards a higher purpose…


Think about who you trust. Your parents? Your spouse? A handful of friends?

What makes you trust those people?

It’s probably a lot of things, like they kept your secrets, helped you out on something important, or maybe they’re a great listener. All these things make you know — they’re on your side.

Having people you trust makes you confident and happier in your personal life. Trust has huge benefits at work, too.

Paul Zak, a neuroeconomist, reported people at high-trust companies are 74% less stressed, 106% more energized at work, 50% more productive, and 40% less burned out when…


How often do you feel like you’re coming up short? Whether it’s at work or at home, with your professional prowess or your weight, it’s easy to fall into the trap of grading yourself on everything.

Let’s face it; we live in a performance culture. As someone who works in business, in sales no less, and who has also raised children, I am well acquainted with the various ways we evaluate ourselves and each other. Even the words “coming up short” imply that there is a place we should get to, and we’re clearly not there yet.

Our world is…

Lisa Earle McLeod

Lisa is an advisor, consultant, and speaker who works with senior executives and sales teams around the world. She is the author of five bestselling books.

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