Quote of the Week: Leadership

Let me define a leader. He must have vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity.-P. J. Abdul Kalam



Blog Updates of the Week

Here’s our roundup of some interesting blog posts for this week. Note: We don’t necessarily endorse any of the authors or their perspectives.

Bilingualmadrid. (2017, May 03). Unit 2 – Summary. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://bilingualmadrid.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/unit-2-summary/
Brennan, C. (2017, May 04). Here are preexisting conditions you could pay more for under AHCA. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/dozens-diseases-pre-existing-conditions-affected-ahca-article-1.3137561
Catalejoweb. (2017, April 28). Jam de improvisación. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://catalejoweb.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/jam-de-improvisacion/

Chassagne, N. (2017, May 01). Home is where the heart is. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://plantifullife.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/home-is-where-the-heart-is/

ClearingCustoms. (2017, April 26). When It’s Hard to Want to Want to Be Back [at A Life Overseas]. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://clearingcustoms.net/2017/04/26/when-its-hard-to-want-to-want-to-be-back-at-a-life-overseas/

DrFitnessIn. (2017, May 05). Runner’s knee. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://drfitnessin.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/runners-knee/

Expatpowerlifterrandommusings. (2017, May 04). 5 hard-earned tips for alleviating culture shock. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://expatpowerlifterrandommusings.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/5-hard-earned-tips-for-alleviating-culture-shock/

Gingabrasileira. (2017, May 03). Cook of the week. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://gingabrasileira.net/2017/05/03/cook-of-the-week/

Harmony. (2017, April 26). Featured Parents: Why boarding school? Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://aliensathome.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/featured-parents-why-boarding-school/

Heater, B. (2017, May 05). Will science and good shoes help break the two-hour marathon barrier this weekend? Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/05/will-science-and-good-shoes-will-help-break-the-two-hour-marathon-barrier-this-weekend/

Hoerster, A. (2017, May 03). Vulnerability. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://abuddhistyear.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/vulnerability/

Intercoolturality. (2017, May 03). Nómadas del siglo XXI. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://intercoolturality.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/nomadas-del-siglo-xxi/

‘Intuitive’ prosthetic hand sees what it’s touching. (2017, May 05). Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://orthofeed.com/2017/05/05/intuitive-prosthetic-hand-sees-what-its-touching/

James, A. (2017, May 04). Do we consider the person as a whole – Shawley by now? Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://ashjamesphysio.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/do-we-consider-the-person-as-a-whole-shawley-by-now/

Jnbaldonado. (2017, April 29). Parenting is a Cultural Thing. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://jnbaldonado.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/parenting-is-a-cultural-thing/

J∆mes, M. (2017, May 05). How We Make Choices | Robert Sapolsky. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://syntheticzero.net/2017/05/05/how-we-make-choices-robert-sapolsky/

Kaufmann, B. K. (2017, May 05). Kayakers buoyant over resurrection of flood-ravagedHarvie Passage. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/kayakers-buoyant-over-resurrection-of-flood-ravaged-harvie-passage

KimViNa. (2017, May 03). Alcohol Consumption. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://globalmindsetrmit2017.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/alcohol-consumption/

Lastglass. (2017, May 05). Another tale from the father and son toilet conversations: The bidet-driven society and the ‘others’ Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://lastglass.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/another-tale-from-the-father-and-son-toilet-conversations-the-bidet-driven-society-and-the-others/

Marilyn. (2017, May 04). “The Only Way to Go, is To Go Back”. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://communicatingacrossboundariesblog.com/2017/05/02/the-only-way-to-go-is-to-go-back/

Mclernon, M. (2017, May 04). Eminently Coachable. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://hardalltheway.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/race-plans-2017/

Mdmomsblog. (2017, May 05). Happy World Laughter Day! Here’s Why Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://mdmomsblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/happy-world-laughter-day/

Migreenparty. (2017, May 05). Pre-Existing Condition. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://migreenparty.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/pre-existing-condition/

Minimalistgrandma, /. (2017, May 05). Blackberry Winter. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://minimalistgrandma.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/blackberry-winter/

Mountainstomainstreetblog. (2017, May 04). Culture of being an Appalachian Trail hiker. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://mountainstomainstreetblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/culture-of-being-an-appalachian-trail-hiker/

Nacklo. (2017, May 05). Where I’m From. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://informedbabbling.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/where-im-from/

Orthobuzz.jbjs. (2017, May 05). High Rates of Return to Play and Patient Satisfaction after ACL Reconstruction. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://orthobuzz.jbjs.org/2017/05/05/high-rates-of-return-to-play-and-patient-satisfaction-after-acl-reconstruction/

Lowkeyblog. (2017, May 05). Diverse people & minds. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://lowkeylokiblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/diverse-people-minds/

Pbrainmd. (2017, May 03). EKG findings in CNS Disorders. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://pbrainmd.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/ekg-findings-in-cns-disorders/

Pinoytransplant. (2017, May 02). Illusive Hope. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://pinoytransplant.com/2017/05/02/illusive-hope/

Politicsinpink. (2017, May 05). When Trumpcare meets the Gig Economy. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://politicsinpink.com/2017/05/05/when-trumpcare-meets-the-gig-economy/

Samiam7132. (2017, May 05). And we’re off… Again. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://greeneggsnsam.com/2017/05/05/and-were-off-again/

Shock culturale in Cina. (2017, April 28). Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://claudiamilariar.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/shock-culturale-in-cina/

Stephenhand2012. (2017, May 04). Introvert Power. Psychologist Laurie Helgoe. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://stephenhand2012.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/introvert-power-psychologist-laurie-helgoe/

The Typist. (2017, May 04). Dialects. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://phumpinating.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/dialects/

Whenyouliveinvienna. (2017, May 03). Viennese Coffee Culture. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://whenyouliveinvienna.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/viennese-cafe-culture/



How do you cultivate passion for what you do, even when times are challenging? Life is not always smooth sailing, and storms often come up. Challenges often try to tempt us to lose our passion for our workplaces, lives, and even dreams. They are obstacles, but they can be overcome with the right perspective.  You might be asking “How do you motivate your team to keep going when they start losing passion?”

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Remind them of the bigger company purpose and vision. Why does your company exist? What higher purpose does your company have? Does it have a humanitarian bent?  How does it serve others?  Get people back to the heartbeat of the company.
  2.  Work on cultivating your positive work culture. This goes beyone happy hours. It’s creating an environment of trust, collegiality and fun. What can you do with your employees to allow them to relax and have fun?  Can you plan a trip or a retreat?  What about a nice relaxing game afternoon on a weekend?  If your team is too big or people are on call,  you can break one event down in to several events  so that as many people can participate.
  3.  Explore new ways to improve your company and find new strategies to expand your automated and non-automated income sources.
  4.  Make small changes. These can lead to larger ones.
  5. Go outside of your comfort zone if needed to help someone.
  6. What’s the problem? Get to the root of it  and think about long term solutions.
  7.  Feeling a bit burned out?  Delegate and encourage teamwork.  As the old adage says, “There is no “I” in team.”
  8. Challenge yourelf and your team. Allow time for creative thinking and innovation.
  9. Mentoring, being mentored, networking and community are important.
  10. Reflection and meditation are very helpful.
  11. Celebrate achievments :).
  12. Listen.
  13. Show others you care.
  14. Rest.

Do you have other suggestions? Feel free to comment below. 

©Allison J. Weaver Consulting, LLC 2017

Research Tuesday: Culture Edition

This week’s research roundup has to do with culture. This is an interdisciplinary list. We trust that you will find these articles of some use and inspiration. NOTE: All articles listed are available on the websites of the journals listed, and some are in the public domain.
1.Becker, J. C., Kraus, M. W., & Rheinschmidt-Same, M. (2017). Cultural Expressions of Social Class and Their Implications for Group-Related Beliefs and Behaviors. Journal of Social Issues, 73(1), 158-174. doi:10.1111/josi.12209

2.Beecher, B., & Streitwieser, B. (2017). A Risk Management Approach for the Internationalization of Higher Education. Journal of the Knowledge Economy. doi:10.1007/s13132-017-0468-y

3.Bratianu, C., & Bejinaru, R. (2016). Evaluation of Knowledge Processes Within the Learning Organization. Challenges, Performances and Tendencies in Organisation Management, 125-135. doi:10.1142/9789814656023_0014

4.Katerattanakul, P., Hong, S., Lee, H., & Kam, H. (2017). The effects of web accessibility certification on the perception of companies’ corporate social responsibility. Universal Access in the Information Society. doi:10.1007/s10209-017-0532-1

5.Laskovaia, A., Shirokova, G., & Morris, M. H. (2017). National culture, effectuation, and new venture performance: global evidence from student entrepreneurs. Small Business Economics. doi:10.1007/s11187-017-9852-z

6.Lundin, R. M., Bashir, K., Bullock, A., Kostov, C. E., Mattick, K. L., Rees, C. E., & Monrouxe, L. V. (2017). “I’d been like freaking out the whole night”: exploring emotion regulation based on junior doctors’ narratives. Advances in Health Sciences Education. doi:10.1007/s10459-017-9769-y

7. Lungu, C. I., Caraiani, C., & Dascalu, C. (n.d.). Sustainable Intellectual Capital. Intellectual Capital Strategy Management for Knowledge-Based Organizations, 156-173. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-3655-2.ch009

8. Moya, M., & Fiske, S. T. (2017). The Social Psychology of the Great Recession and Social Class Divides. Journal of Social Issues, 73(1), 8-22. doi:10.1111/josi.12201

9.Rambo, L. R. (2017). Exploring Cultural Psychology: Introduction to a Book Forum on Towards Cultural Psychology of Religion: Principles, Approaches, Applications by Jacob A. Belzen. Pastoral Psychology. doi:10.1007/s11089-017-0765-1

10.Sengupta, N. K., Greaves, L. M., Osborne, D., & Sibley, C. G. (2017). The sigh of the oppressed: The palliative effects of ideology are stronger for people living in highly unequal neighbourhoods. British Journal of Social Psychology. doi:10.1111/bjso.12192

11.Sun, H. (2017). Business innovation and disruption in the music industry. Information, Communication & Society, 1-5. doi:10.1080/1369118x.2017.1301525

12. Vale, J., Branco, M. C., & Ribeiro, J. (2016). Individual intellectual capital versus collective intellectual capital in a meta-organization. Journal of Intellectual Capital, 17(2), 279-297. doi:10.1108/jic-05-2015-0044

©Allison J. Weaver Consulting, LLC 2017

Weekly Blog Roundup: Ep. 3

Welcome to the weekly blog roundup!  We hope that you have had a lovely week so far. Here are a few interesting blogs from the blogosphere this week:
1. ACGME: Clinically-Driven Standards
2. Dr. Dahlia: 24-hour Medical Intern Shift Reinstated 3.
4. Science Life:  Watch a neuroscientist explain one concept at 5 levels of difficulty
5.  Latest Science News: The hazards of English spelling
6. Medscape: Stimulants Enhance Cognitive Performance in Top Chess Players
7. Engaget: Airbnb might soon be legal in Japan
8. A Country Doctor:  EMRs are Dangerous: Let’s Change That
9. Dan Hodge: Creating a culture
10. K Brent Tomer:  Pink Floyd’s rock opera, as opera
12. Hours and Miles: Work, Culture, and Workplace Culture
13. Felipe Lima: Dois Dedos de Música com Antony Left
14. Embracing the diversity: Starting from the beginning. Bilingualism? It’s not easy.
15.Alien at Home : “TCKs in Transition”

©Allison J. Weaver Consulting, LLC 2017

Weekly Blog Roundup Ep. 2

Here are some of the most intriguing blogs from across the internet that we found this week. Enjoy! Blog perspectives listed here are not necessarily representative of our company’s viewpoints.
1. Musings of a Psych Geek: Occupational Psychology: So what exactly do you do???
2. Ariska Aditiara: CCU1
3. The Atlantic Monthly: The Internet’s Impact on Creativity: Your Thoughts
4. WEB MD: Excercise Addiction in  Men
5.  Ain’t Mine No More: 5 Lessons I’ve Learned From Connection Groups 
6. Ash James, Health and Exercise Medicine: A Day in the Life of… 
7. CraseFit: Goal Oriented Focus
8. J.S. Park: Note to self: How to Apologize 
9. Phil Heft: Changing A Company’s Culture
10. Bohemian Nation: Make A Space for Yourself
11.HayleyBrownsite: What’s Your Self-talk Like?
12. Dominic Sorace: The Neurology of Ambiguity
13. Wordsummit: Bruce Lee on the ‘Hard Part’ of Learning Language
14. Truth is Nature: True Strength
15.  KATRINA ANGELICAN – How can One be a Doctor and Still be Himself? 
16. Tiago Silva, Tales from the 1974 Lakes – The Finnish Social and Healthcare Reform
17. Su, Footprints of Burma-  Burmese Dinner Table
18.  Lillian Lee- Enjoy  the Best Cup of English Tea
19. Peter Coffaro:  A Digital Revolution in Healthcare is Speeding Up
20. Alliance health Company: Prevent Workplace Injuries

Do you have more that you’d like to share with everyone? Feel free to comment below. 

©Allison J. Weaver Consulting, LLC 2017

Interesting Video of the Week: “How To Change the World by Telling Stories” by Mushamir Mustafa

Here’s a fascinating presentation by Mushamir Mustafa, that both raises awareness of issues, and promotes the voices of people worldwide.

What do you think of the presenter’s argument? Feel free to share your comments below. 

©Allison J. Weaver Consulting, LLC 2017