Last week of January, how are you doing with those New Year resolutions? For what it’s worth, I’m progressing on most of mine, finding daily journaling (which is one of my goals) helping me stay on track. Some days I get 30 minutes in, sometimes only 5-10, but it always helps.

Onto this week’s briefing:

  • As a business leader, are you getting enough sleep? This article from Forbes provides tips to make your nighty night time more restful.
  • What about loneliness? Expect to keep hearing about this. 18% more people report being lonely according to new research by Cigna, than when the survey was last conducted in 2018. Boomers tend to be less lonely than Gen Z folks. What can we as business leaders to help people feel more included and valued? Here’s an article by Elena Renken for NPR on the topic.
  • This piece I found on Fast Company is written to the employees’ perspective, but I’m sharing it here for you to consider how your employees go about getting raises at your company. As business focus shifts from “all about the financial bottom line” to success metrics with multiple factors, including healthy cultures, it’s a good time to rethink practices around rewarding employees with raises, and what happens when they feel forced to get an outside offer to start the ball rolling.


Do Good Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Shout out to the oldest mentoring organization for children and teens in the US: Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 5 through young adulthood in communities across the US. They encourage the development of strong and positive relationships that have real and lasting impact on the lives of the Littles and their Bigs too. We donated our dollars, perhaps you can donate dollars or learn about giving your time here.  #mentoring  @BBBSA


I hope this issue sparked some new thinking. And remember, if you need an easy path for making sure you’re really hearing yourself as you work through a business opportunity or challenge, a one-time, one-hour, Owlthena video chat is just a few clicks away.

Let’s enjoy the rest of the week!