February 13, 2013

How is Your Workplace Limiting Your Emotional Freedom?

Note: In my last post, I Want to Know More About You, I referenced research that looked at the ways in which emotional repression is built into our social landscape, especially affecting men. So I decided to reprise the article below because the more I experience, the more emotional suppression I see in every type of workplace. It’s woven into […]
January 31, 2013

We Need New Models for Workplace Relationships Part 2

“We sense we’ve reached the end of something.” Lynne McTaggart, author, The Bond In Part 1 of this article I explored some of the forces that  have shaped our vision of workplace relationships.    There’s an increasing amount of rhetoric in business conversations today about the importance of optimizing people to maximize their strengths and  nurture  passion and creativity.  Hey, I’m […]
January 3, 2013

Living in the 4 Rooms of Wellness

This post was inspired by the simple, enduring work by the late author, Rumer Godden whose work has touched many lives with its wisdom. More than ever we understand that life is more than the endless to-do lists and bucket lists we create and then relentlessly pursue to achieve “success.”  As the poet Yeats said, “Life is not a problem to be solved, […]
November 21, 2012

Creating a Culture of Gratitude in the Workplace – Reprise

As we approach the holiday season, lots of heart-felt stories about kindness and giving start to appear.  Tis’ the season, so to speak.   It’s a time when even the busiest and most cynical among us pause (even if only for a short time) and reflect.   But too often, the feelings of gratitude that the holiday spirit may generate are focused […]
November 1, 2012

Why Worry? ~ the Emotion Series

Worry is a trap. Lately, I’ve been falling into the worry trap too often. I’ve found myself worrying about many things. I worry about ________________. I worry about the ______________. I worry when _________________. I worry about – OK, that’s enough because mental rehearsal is the engine that powers worry. Despite many years of dedicated effort to raise my level of […]
October 11, 2012

People Are Not Direct Reports – How Language Reflects Power

Some of my colleagues may not like this but I have to share one of my pet peeves – use of the term “direct reports.” A quick check of The Dictionary of Corporate Bullshit defines the term as “the junior staffer in a supervisory/employer relationship; a common term for the people “managed” by a particular person that underscores the senior […]
September 6, 2012

How are Today’s Workplaces Managing the Crisis of Mental Health?

I’m gobsmacked (as my British friends would say) after reading the recent Wall St Journal article, Managing Mental Health at Work. If you research the issue of mental health in the workplace you’ll turn up some alarming statistics and little in the way of hopeful solutions.  I’m not naïve, but honestly, I thought we’d be further along the evolutionary path […]
July 12, 2012

Breaking the Rules – Reprising The Slow Death of Authoritarian Leadership

While the blog is technically still on vacation, I couldn’t resist sharing a few thoughts triggered by some of today’s outrageous  headlines with you. This isn’t light reading, I know. But while some of you are at the beach or sipping a cool drink reading a summer novel (I hope) the drive for control and power doesn’t stop. Reading about the […]
June 21, 2012

WORKING SCARED

“There is no data showing that anxious, fearful employees are more creative and productive, but there is data proving that employees in a threatening environment are less engaged, less loyal and for the most part miserable.”         Mary Prefontane This post is inspired by Bill Maher. Yes, that’s right, Bill Maher, the irreverent, super-sharp, potty mouthed host of […]