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How a few words contribute to the nourishment of everyone

A skill with a price

What we say and do as we work with others has a profound effect on mindset and motivation in the workplace. We get to choose whether our presence is regulating and helpful or upsetting and stressful. A major challenge that stands in the way of this choice is our tendency to judge others. Human beings are masters of comparison. Our ability to think abstractly, which includes evaluating the similarities and differences between two or more things, is what distinguishes us from other animals. …


Our values tell us who we are. They also show us how to be more effective under stress—if we listen.

Our values, and the forces that shape them, remain unconscious unless we explore them.

Clarity about our values is a powerful tool.

Our values are the basic beliefs that define our purpose in life. They are the lens through which we see the world and judge people, events, and situations. Values also determine how we spend our time, money, and resources. For example, some people value family time over work and prioritize family dinners and weekend trips above working overtime. Others may value success in their career above all else and, as a result, spend less time with their family.

Centering our values in our decision-making can help us make better choices in stressful situations. The knowledge that we are living in…


New Covid-19 safety protocols require a reset of engrained work habits

by Roger Lis, Senior Consultant

As professionals, we know that safety is all about behavior. In order to achieve high levels of performance and create a culture of safety, we need to engrain safe habits.

Safety professionals and industry leaders spend years learning and forming safe habits with their workers. It is not enough to roll out revised requirements or procedures; we must also direct and motivate the behaviors to support them.

Today, we find ourselves in a new safety reality. OSHA has published guidance on dealing with a…


By Roger Lis, Senior Consultant, Kintla LLC

Unfortunately, many professionals must work during these difficult times. Medical workers, emergency personnel, warehouse and supply chain workers, power plant employees, and many others are continuing to deliver for all of us. I have been getting a lot of questions from safety managers on what we should be doing differently in this new safety and health environment for our employees who must work during COVID-19 times.

In my view, it is important to focus on both psychological and physical safety during the crisis. There is no doubt that it is not business as…


The secrets of the most effective people aren’t secrets at all.

It’s not magic—it’s habit.

It’s easy to think of resilience as a magical skill that appears for some people when a project or task becomes overwhelming. When stress levels rise, resilient people remain calm, manage setbacks, and analyze how to move forward. But this attitude doesn’t appear from thin air—resilience develops through the practice of regulating emotions and reacting rationally under pressure. With enough dedication and practice, anyone can learn how to employ these tools and become more resilient over time.

Resilience includes both a behavioral response to stress and the regulation of our emotions and body during stress. We can think about our…


by Joe Laipple, Ph.D., Kintla Senior Vice President

Managing stress and emotions is essential for helping others perform, produce, and think at their best. Questions can be used to help as you navigate the different stress states to stay in the green zone and get out of the gray or red zones. They can be used to help others connect their actions to results and optimize their performance. They also can be used to help us reflect as we build resilience and positively adapt to the challenges we face.


by Joe Laipple, Ph.D., Kintla, Senior Vice President

Resilience can be learned. How we respond to stressful events and challenges can lead to positive outcomes. Times of persistent stress present risks and vulnerabilities, but also provide an opportunity to develop practices and routines to stay calm, present, and alert during potentially traumatic events and crises. These times present opportunities and risks to individuals, communities, and organizations. Which path do you want to be on? The one that leads to resilience or the one that leads to hypersensitivity?

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the smartest, but those most adaptive to change.”

Attributed to Charles Darwin

Recent neuroscience research and practice provide a path forward for positive adaptation to create better outcomes during challenging times.

Resilience is how we respond to challenges and stressful…


Help Your Team Get to Green

by Joe Laipple, Ph.D., Kintla, Senior Vice President

How do we help our teams perform at their best as they work from home and as they strive to be productive during challenging times? Being productive requires managing stress, distractions, and threats that can derail us. Helping your teams get to the top of the green zone is more important now than ever before.


by Joe Laipple, Ph.D., Kintla, Senior Vice President

We are all trying to get a handle on how to best work from home. How can we get productive during a time when we may be stressed out, have a lot to worry about, and feel disconnected? Fine tune your routine so you can get good at working from home during challenging times.

Stress and threats influence thinking. Our best thinking, productivity, and performance occur when we are calm and alert. Being able to regulate is how we manage stress to gain access to our best thinking. The model of our…


Get to the Green Zone

by Joe Laipple, Ph.D., Kintla, Senior Vice President

If you want to perform at your best, get good at regulation. It is only after we regulate — how we manage stress — that we are able to think, perform, and produce at our best.

The Regulation Curve, based in neuroscience research, shows we need the right amount of stress to perform at our best. Too little stress (lack of interest or attention) and too much stress (frustration, anxiety) create low performance. How do we get to and stay in the green zone and get out of gray and red zones…

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