Watch this FREE mini-course about stress influencers, also called Energetic Influencers

It's a module out of my signature program, Career Breakthrough Bootcamp!

Exercise 1: Complete The Worksheet

Download the Energetic Influencers worksheet to identify what's creating what's enhancing and what's detracting from your energy.

Exercise 2: Reflect one of the two articles

Read the article and reflect, for example answering questions like:

  • How true has this been in your experience?
  • Who are the key energizers in your orbit?
  • How would you describe your role in energizing or de-energizing your organization?
  • What is ONE thing you will do differently now that you’ve read this article?

Article A) MIT Sloan “What Creates Energy in Organizations?” (HTML article linkPDF Link)


Most people are quick to acknowledge that they have both energizers and de-energizers in their lives. Equally quickly, they relate energy to important managerial concerns such as team performance, innovation, employee motivation and job satisfaction. Yet while the term energy is pervasive in much of organizational life, it is also a highly elusive concept in that context.1 Usually when people describe energizing conversations, they refer to ones in which they are mentally engaged, enthused and willing to commit effort to possibilities arising from the discussion. But is energy truly related to performance or learning in organizations? And how is it created and transferred in groups?

Article B) HBR “Want to be more productive? Sit next to someone who is” (HTML article link)


We saw that neighbors have a significant impact on an employee’s performance, and it can be either positive or negative. In terms of magnitude, we found that approximately 10% of a worker’s performance spills over to her neighbors. Replacing an average performer with one who is twice as productive results in his or her neighboring workers increasing their own productivity by about 10%, on average.