April 28, 2011

Why Do We Have To “Promote” Kindness at Work?

 “I now realize I have been working with my eyes closed. I appreciate even more a professor with whom I work occasionally: he always makes the point that leaders, managers — everyone in fact — should never underestimate the importance of kindness at work.” Gill Corkindale, Harvard Business Review Recently an article by Harvard Business Review (HBR) author, Gill Corkindale,  “The Importance […]
April 21, 2011

Emotional Baggage at Work

“Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.” Anthony Brandt We all bring it – we all have it. It is a matter of degree – and awareness. In every interaction we have at work, we bring the dynamics of our families, culture, generation and gender with us.  The first problem is that most of us […]
April 14, 2011

Work Isn’t Life

“Most of us have jobs that are too small for  our spirits.”  Studs Terkel  A few of you might be reacting to the title thinking, “Hey, my work is my life,” or “My job is the most fulfilling thing in my life.” But that’s not what this article is about. Because life isn’t work. Yes, it can be a Big […]
April 7, 2011

What Rights Should ALL Workers Have – Part 2

In Part 1, we raised some basic questions about the rights of workers: Do we believe that worker’s rights are human rights – and if so, what are they?  As citizens, do we bear collective responsibility to ensure rights for other workers – or is this a matter of personal responsibility? How do you think the issues we face as […]
March 31, 2011

What Rights Should ALL Workers Have? – Part 1

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home…the factory, farm or office where he works…unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Eleanor Roosevelt, United Nations Remarks, 1953 The most important thing any business has are its people – right? Lately, I have thought a great deal about the rights of […]
March 21, 2011

Fear’s Everywhere: How Are You Managing It?

“Fear does not predict the future: it only tells you that you are afraid.  The trick is to recognize the emotion of fear when it emerges, accept it, discover its source and decide what to do with it.” Jay Uhler   Last week was powerful.  It felt like fear was everywhere. Living in California, I was sensitive to the non-stop […]
February 17, 2011

Why Neuroscience Should Change the Way We Work

Most organizations and their leaders take pride in updating their systems with the latest technology and equipment. They devote significant resources to ensure their employees are using state of the art processes and materials.  Most organizational leaders would agree that without constant upgrades, they would be trying to achieve success with their hands tied behind their backs. That’s why it […]
February 10, 2011

21st Century Workplaces – Democracies or Autocracies?

“Most of us don’t think about workplace rights. We think because we live in America we have the rights we need. There are no constitutional protections in the workplace.  Federal laws protect you from being fired because of race, gender or disability, but it doesn’t protect you for saying the boss is overworking you or the company’s actions are immoral. […]
February 3, 2011

Leadership and Emotional Contagion

“Employees are not emotional islands. Rather, they continuously spread their own moods and receive and are influenced by others’ moods. When they work in groups, they literally can catch each others’ emotions like viruses, a phenomenon known as emotional contagion.” Wharton @ Work, University of Pennsylvania In the past decade, there has been an important finding in neuroscience that should […]