Hi,

I hope you had a safe and wonderful 4th of July weekend and have good plans for the weekend coming up. Despite everything happening out there, we can still find ways to enjoy the summer, right?

Here are the stories we found most interesting that we wanted to share with you and other business owners striving to “do it right” even when things are extra challenging:

  • What do you do when someone is crying at work? This article by Deborah Grayson Riegel is pitch perfect: why it makes us uncomfortable, what not to do, and lastly, what to do to help them and the situation.
  • The art and science of great listening is getting a lot of attention these days. Owlthena clued into this wonderful gift we can give to each other 2 years ago when we launched our “release valve” approach to listening, business owner to business owner, without trying to relate or give advice. We listen and help you work through the challenge in a one-time, one-hour, 1:1 video session designed to help you truly hear yourself. This article from Harvard Business Review talks about how ill-prepared many managers are to really listen, and shares advice for getting better at what one business leader calls “the grandparent rule.” We really like this one.
  • Have you ever taken the Enneagram personality assessment? It’s been popular on and off over the years, and it’s been back in the buzz again. This quick read by Marisa Gerber for The Los Angeles Times takes you through it
  • Fast Company has a podcast. Varied list of topics, check it out!

Do Good Spotlight on: New York Common Pantry (NYCP)

NYCP is dedicated to reducing hunger throughout New York City while promoting dignity and self-sufficiency. In 2019, NYCP distributed nearly 6.5 million meals to those in need. Additionally, NYCP provides a broad spectrum of support for individuals and families, which include distribution of fresh produce and groceries, nutrition education, and case management to help clients find housing and other vital services. We gave, and you can too.

We hope this issue was helpful.

Have a great rest of the week. Stay healthy, stay strong.