Our Fitbit Challenge

by

Fitbit

A couple weeks ago, we decided to take on a 30 day “Fitbit” challenge at Thought Ensemble.  We thought it would be a fun way to stay connected and encourage everyone to stay active during our crazy season.  I have to say, I’ve been very surprised by the change it has made to my lifestyle (and our family’s as a result!).
I haven’t been inclined to take on any major workout goals lately since I’m still nursing a four month old.  I’m not going to mess with that 500 calorie a day burn to try to fit in more workouts; I can only handle so much right now.
But, I thought the team building would be a fun challenge and I was curious about the phenomenon of these little contraptions on people’s wrists.  My colleague John, who is our Fitbit challenge coach, asked us all to set a daily goal.  I stuck with the “recommendation”, which I figured was possibly on the low end, but all things considered, something reasonable for me to take on right now.  So I’m committed to 10,000 steps a day, which is just under 5 miles.  This is an easy goal to reach if you actually go exercise, but it is very hard to achieve sitting at a desk all day.
I’m 8 days in and have hit the goal every day, often just a couple steps over as I pace back and forth in my bedroom getting my last steps in before bed.  I love the simple lifestyle changes it has encouraged.  I take more calls while pacing outside.  I’ve had meetings walking around the park.  I get out for an evening stroll with the kids after dinner.  It is a great balance to working from home!

READ MORE

Your Personality Is Showing

Your Personality Is Showing

There I was, minding my own business one evening, digging into my organization's SEO performance (as one does), when I came across something interesting. Search terms related to "MBTI" — or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, developed by Katherine Cook Briggs and Isabel...

read more
Lessons From a Change Manager Who Hates Change

Lessons From a Change Manager Who Hates Change

Hello. My name is Monique, and I’m a change manager who hates change.   After years of receiving “consulting therapy” from various mentors, I am now able to say these words out loud and proudly. But for a long time, it felt more like an admission of guilt. I mean, who...

read more
Creativity as a Cure

Creativity as a Cure

The topic of creative solutioning has been front and center these days as we talk more and more about organizational adaptability in the face of dynamic and uncertain times. For example, I recently read about a project that got me thinking about specific priorities...

read more
Thought Ensemble, a Pariveda Company — Why Now?

Thought Ensemble, a Pariveda Company — Why Now?

Big news over here as we close out the year - we have been acquired by Pariveda, a 750-person consulting firm in 12 markets across North America! We are now “Thought Ensemble, a Pariveda Company” and I’ll be serving as the Managing Vice President continuing to lead...

read more
Thought Ensemble Joins Pariveda Solutions!

Thought Ensemble Joins Pariveda Solutions!

Dallas, December 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Pariveda, a leader specializing in solving complex technology and business problems, announces the acquisition of Thought Ensemble. With the addition of Thought Ensemble, Pariveda now provides holistic business strategy,...

read more
Thoughts on Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act

Thoughts on Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act

It was about a year ago that we first started hearing about Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (SB19-085) and I knew it was going to be national news. We’d just gotten past the “Rocky Mountain High” jokes, and our lovely state was trying to break new ground...

read more
Disruption Is the New Normal

Disruption Is the New Normal

By nature, disruptors are not popular. “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win, then they copy you.” We have all heard some version of this quote, and we have all seen it play out in real life. We've seen it with building...

read more
What Would You Say You Do Here?

What Would You Say You Do Here?

“I deal with the … customers so the engineers don't have to! I have people skills!” That famous Office Space quote from Tom Smykowski cracks me up every single time. I know Toms. I’ve been Tom. Change the quote to say, “IT Team” instead of “engineers,” and there’s a...

read more