John Utter

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About John Utter

I help people thrive at work as a trainer, coach, and consultant. I specialize in creating high performance work teams through collaboration strategies, personal awareness, motivational wellness, and psychological safety.

The Power of Relatedness

By | April 5th, 2017|Categories: How effective, Uncategorized|

This article is the first in a series on basic human needs and the workplace.

Relatedness is one of three basic human needs. It refers to the need we all have to be cared about, to be cared for, and to be part of something greater. When we feel a sense of relatedness with the organization we’re serving, […]

Gallup Q12 Study Summary

By | April 5th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Gallup did a great study on what makes great workplaces. However, the information is published in the online Gallup Business Journal in such a way that makes it difficult to read the whole thing. What follows is a summary with links to back to Gallup’s original text.

12 Keys of Successful Workgroups

An associated research effort, in which […]

Fight or Flight versus Build and Broaden

By | January 8th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

“Tell me something you did that was meaningful today”

“Tell me something you did that was energizing today”

“Tell me something you did effectively today.”

The above three questions tend to do the job most of the time. I think they work well because they are action oriented and about the immediate past rather than the more distant past. […]

Balance Your Life for Better Results & Satisfaction

By | November 25th, 2016|Categories: Career, Creativity, Growth|

Getting a good sense of what it takes to live a balanced life keeps everything in perspective and helps strengthen your life.

Directions: The wheel below contains eight areas that, together, represent one way of describing a whole life. This exercise measures your level of satisfaction in these areas today. Taking the center of the wheel as […]

Unconditional Positive Regard: The Key to Powerful Relating

By | November 6th, 2016|Categories: Career, Growth, Relationships, Spirituality, Team Work|

We’ve all had interactions with people that believe in us, that really connect with us somehow. Those interactions are inspiring and energizing. They can bring out the best in us. The connection can also inspire a sense of loyalty to that person.  This is the power of unconditional positive regard.

Do you have a person like that […]

9 Keys for a Thriving Career & Life

By | October 20th, 2016|Categories: Career, Creativity, Growth|

I’m a believer in following dreams and also a fan of the cautionary phrase, “be careful what you dream of.” The good dreams have a grounding in reality, even though they may seem incredibly difficult, and they have a service ethic of some kind. Fantasies, on the other hand, tend to be self-aggrandizing, and when they […]

Listening: How to Develop the #1 Most Powerful Skill

By | October 6th, 2016|Categories: Career, Creativity, Growth, Relationships, Spirituality|

If you’ve played music in any kind of group you know how important listening is. You listen actively so you can play accurately. Your success in your relationships at home, at work, or anywhere else also depend greatly on the quality of your listening. Listening is an incredibly important gateway. It’s how we receive the world […]

How to Stay Engaged in Difficult Situations: The BOAT Process

By | September 1st, 2016|Categories: Career, Creativity, Growth, Relationships, Spirituality|

Here’s a simple four-step process that can help you get engaged. It’s called BOAT (Breathe, Observe, Accept, Think) because it can keep you afloat during turbulent times and help prevent you from sinking into the energy draining patterns of resistance. The BOAT process can be used during times of duress and throughout the day to […]

Energize Draining Activities

By | August 6th, 2016|Categories: Career, Creativity, Growth, Relationships, Spirituality, Uncategorized|

Step 1

Does it need to be done? Check to see if the task actually needs to be done. If the task doesn’t need to be done, you’re done with it.

Step 2

Do I need to do it? If the task does need to be done, see if there is a person more suited […]

What is a Growth Mindset and Why Does it Matter?

By | August 6th, 2016|Categories: Career, Creativity, Growth, Leadership, Relationships, Spirituality|

A growth mindset is an attitude of curiosity, and even eagerness, when facing a challenge. It is cultivated by focusing on one’s growth, process, and efforts whereas a fixed mindset is reinforced by:

  • tying one’s personal value to the results one can produce
  • focusing on efforts to prove whether one is talented or […]