Executive Development Blog

Leadership Exercises to Build a Resilient Organizational Culture

Posted by Kip Kelly on Apr 16, 2014 10:10:00 AM

Below is an executive summary from a white paper written by Marion White, an Account Director here at UNC. To download the entire paper, click here.


A recent Towers Watson study found that in most organizations, only 35 percent of employees said they were engaged. In other words, 65 percent of employees have mentally checked out, causing productivity, innovation, and creativity to plummet. 

While this is never good news for employers, the timing could not be more critical as organizations across the globe continue to struggle to survive. Thought leaders are increasingly calling today’s turbulent business world a “VUCA” environment—one that is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. To succeed in this environment, organizations must be more adaptive and agile than ever before—they must be resilient. Organizations that lack resilience—that ability to bounce back after setbacks—are often stressful places to work, a situation in which far too many employers and employees are well versed. 

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Topics: VUCA, UNC, talent management, burnout, leadership development, organizational culture

Leadership Development, Mindfulness & the Key to Happiness

Posted by Kip Kelly on Feb 27, 2014 9:30:00 AM

What is the secret to happiness?  Turns out, there's an app for that.

Five years ago, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, which prompts users to report their feelings in real time.  Here's how it works: users receive a text or email asking to record what they are doing and how they are feeling at that moment.  The app records these responses over time and creates a personalized "Happiness Report" which details what activities are associated with greater happiness.  In addition to providing the individual, personalized report, the app collects data that fuels Killingsworth's research at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  To date, over 35,000 people have participated in the study.

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Topics: executive education, emotional intelligence, burnout, mindfulness, stress