Words You Lead By

Are you aware of what words you lead by? Are you using words that empower or disempower your employees? And are you setting a good example for your employees with a positive language?

As leaders, we not only set the tone for communication in our workplaces but our choice of words also affect our work culture. The impact of the words that you have chosen to lead by might be greater than you think. Hear more about it in our video “Words You Lead By”.

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1-Minute Playbook: Don’t Play “the Blame Game”

_DSC0305-2Blaming other people or situations for difficult circumstances in our life is an energy-draining and counterproductive way of dealing with life. And it will not get you out of your unfortunate situation.

On the contrary, by blaming someone or something else for what’s going on, you put yourself in the position of a victim who is not in control. And since you are not in control, you can’t take action to change your circumstances, right? Wrong.

“Victim thinking” affects not just individuals but entire organizations. It’s a paralyzing way of thinking that hinders individuals, teams and organization from successful progress. But there’s an easy solution to it. By acknowledging that you are ultimately responsible for the results of your life, thoughts, and actions you will create a level of freedom not experienced by anyone who chose to be a victim.

By taking ownership of your own life, you will be empowered to act. Successful – and courageous – individuals are driven by the knowledge that they create their own success in life.

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How To Lead During a Change Process

Progress means change. It’s not always comfortable, it may challenges our assumptions and it demands having faith in the still unseen bigger picture.

As a leader, you have a critical role to play in managing change. However, as a conscious leader you’ll see that in the process itself, lies a fantastic opportunity to empower your employees to accept and embrace changes in their environment. In our video, we talk about how to lead during a change process.

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Gossip At Work – a Good or a Bad Habit?

What is it that really drives us to gossip at work? And is there any way to change the habit of gossiping?

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1-Minute Playbook: A Shortcut to Boost Your Confidence

Did you know that you can boost your confidence by assuming a specific pose? Research at Harvard Business School shows that by simply holding your body in expansive, “high-power” for as little as two minutes stimulates higher levels of testosterone, the hormone linked to power and dominance, and lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.

So if you are feeling a bit tentative but want to appear confident, try standing with your legs and arms stretched wide open for about two minutes. In addition to causing hormonal shifts in both males and females, this pose lead to increased feelings of power and a higher tolerance for risk.

The Harvard study also found that people are more often influenced by how they feel about you than by what you’re saying. Regardless, a tips for you to sound authoritative before an important phone call or speech, is to keep your voice down. Allow your voice to relax into its optimal pitch by keeping your lips together and making the sounds “um hum, um hum, um hum.”

Also watch that your voice doesn’t rise at the ends of sentences as if you are asking a question or seeking approval – females typically do this. Instead, when stating your opinion, use the authoritative arc in which your voice starts on one note, rises in pitch through the sentence and drops back down at the end.

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1-Minute Playbook: How To Connect With Someone Instantly

You might know that a touch is the most primitive and powerful nonverbal cue. But did you know that by touching someone on the arm, hand, or shoulder for as little as 1/40 of a second creates a human bond?

Handshake communicationAt work, physical touch and warmth are established through the handshaking tradition. And this commonly used form of contact makes a lasting and positive impression. A study on handshakes by the Income Center for Trade Shows showed that people are two times more likely to remember you if you shake hands with them. The trade show researchers also found that people react to those with whom they shake hands by being more open and friendly. So, to connect with someone instantly – shake hands.

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So You Got Your Dream Job – Now What?

hand-648445_1280Congratulations! You’ve landed your dream job – now what do you do? Relax – we’ve got you covered with 9 tips on how to become an invaluable part of your new team.


1. Do your job
It may seem obvious but an employee have to be reliable and do their job. Your new boss does not want to – and should not have to – worry about if you’ll do what you are hired to do.

2. Be a team player
A really good employee does not seek attention or their “15-minutes of fame” at work. Employers want employees that are able to function well in a group – cooperation is key.

3. Receive feedback
Learn to receive advice and feedback the right way. If someone complains about something that you did or did not do, reflect on the feedback that you’ve been given and act accordingly.

4. Be a challenge-seeker
A great employee is not only positive to learn a new skill but also show a willingness to learn the most difficult ones. Be on the lookout for opportunities to develop your potential.

5. Be reliable
Great employees are trustworthy. They do not engage in gossip and they are loyal to the company and to their leader. When issues arise, discuss it directly with your leader.

6. Confidentiality is important
Reliability is directly connected to confidentiality. Be confidential in your actions and protect the integrity of your organization.

7. Engage in the daily activities
A good employee participates in the daily work activities. Don’t skip meetings – with whatever kind of excuse – or neglect participating in team activities. There’s a reason your boss arranges a meeting or activity and you are expected to be part of it.

8. Mind your own business
Every workplace have an individual who interferes with others affairs, is loud to get attention, gossip and in generally, causes disturbances. These employees are obviously not very good for the team or the work culture. Mind your own business and be a good team member.

9. Have a great attitude! A good employee always has a great attitude. No one wants to be around a “downer”. Smile, encourage others, give feedback and treat others the same way that you want to be treated by them.

If you follow these tips you will have a great foundation in your new job and improve your chances of a future promotion. Keep up the good work!

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1-Minute Playbook: How To Excel Your Leadership

puzzle-654957_1280Most often the leadership of an organization is the main reason employees either love or hate their job. The leader is the one connecting the employee to the organization, and if that relationship is damage in one way or another, the employee will eventually decide to leave.

For many years we’ve been promoting an active and conscious leadership – a leadership that is goal oriented, energetic and humanistic. You might also know it as sustainable leadership, mindful leadership, centered leadership or heart based leadership. As the name implies, conscious leadership is about having a well of physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual strength that drives personal achievement and, in turn, inspires others to follow.

One of the greatest challenges for conscious leaders is to connect their personal development, with a deep understanding of the organization and its strategical challenges. However, we’ve got five easy to implement tips for you on how to do this:

  • Lead with a sense of purpose – it will emphasize your employees’ feelings of transcendence.
  • Move focus from “challenges” to “learning opportunities” – it will change your team members perspective and creativity.
  • Build relationships through trust – you will see your team members excel in their roles.
  • Motivate through faith, not fear – you will build a courageous organization driven by “possibilities”.
  • Spread your positive energy – it is very contagious.

Do you want to know more about how to excel your leadership? We can help – contact us to schedule a complementary Strategy Session with Ulrika. We will talk about your goals, challenges and desired breakthroughs for the next 12 months.  By the end of the call, you will walk away with “next steps” recommendations necessary to achieve those breakthroughs.

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Write for us

writers wantedDo you have a great learning experience to share? Or do you love to write about personal and/or professional development? Do you enjoy building relationships with people? And do you want to excel your writing skills? If so, YOU might be one of the new talents that we’re looking for.

We love and encourage new contributions to Gusto Life. We know from experience that we all face problems and challenges in our lives. But we also know that we can learn enormously from our challenges – they are truly valuable lessons that can help us move towards a more joyful, meaningful and fulfilling life. And what’s even better, we can learn from each other’s challenges too!

Since sharing is caring, we want and encourage people to guest post an article on our site or in our newsletter “Living a Gusto Life”. If you feel that you have some valuable wisdom to share with others, don’t hesitate to send us your contribution through the form below or via e-mail at gustolifegroup@gmail.com

We will reply to you as soon as possible and will let you know if we will post your article. We can’t wait to read one of your articles!

For your convenience, we’ve written some guidelines for the articles that we publish on our site and in our newsletter.

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  • Original and unique content: We do not post articles that have been previously published or submitted elsewhere on the internet.
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A Complementary Strategy Session

2H43Z0W1PSDo you feel lost in your life or your leadership and don’t know what to do next? Or do you want to move further along an already taken road towards success? Or do you simply want to learn a way to lead your life, your family, your organization or your community?

For a limited time period we offer a complimentary, 60 minute Strategy Session to learn about your goals, challenges and desired breakthroughs for the next 12 months.  By the end of the call, you will walk away with “next steps” recommendations necessary to achieve those breakthroughs.

On your call, we will also discuss if you are ready to move forward and whether our services can help you achieve your desired outcomes.  If we are not a good fit, we will gladly offer you other resources and recommendations that can help you take that next step.

Complete the form below to set up an initial talk and one of our team members will get back to you.

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You must fill out this entire form to qualify for our complimentary, 60 minute life strategy session.

Congratulations in taking that first step to make a difference in your life!