December 1, 2011

Your Business Needs are Not the Same as Your Personal Needs

“People who are in touch with their needs do not make good slaves.”   Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D Needs are basic to life. Everything we feel and do is in service to our needs. In the moment to moment biological imperative to meet our needs we make choices – thousands of choices. Every choice we make is an attempt to satisfy […]
November 3, 2011

The Bullies Among Us

 In every nook and cranny of the workplace – private, public and non-profit – bullies are dominating their co-workers, often with the tacit and explicit approval of management. I feel compelled to write something about these toxic behaviors that are permeating our schools and workplaces.  Within the past two years, in nearly every public seminar my company conducts and in […]
September 1, 2011

Are Aggressive Workplace Cultures Enabling Bullies?

      “Nothing strengthens authority as much as silence.” Leonardo da Vinci Much has been written (thankfully) about the pervasive increase of bullying in the workplace.  Not as much has been written, though, about the tacit, even welcome, atmosphere of aggression in many workplace cultures. Throughout my years of consulting in organizational settings, I’ve been disturbed by the consistent reports from employees […]
May 13, 2011

Conscious Communication – It’s All About US

Underneath every communication is a feeling. This feeling drives your communication.  How conscious are you of the subtext of your communication and the impact it has on others? Every time we do a seminar or facilitate a meeting, people say they want better communication in the workplace.  What most people are hungry for is communication that is real, honest, clear, concise […]
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 […]