February 25, 2014

Becoming More Empathetic – (Bringing Down Some of the Barriers)

Most scientists agree that we are born to cooperate with others.  In other words, we are born to be more “WE”  than “ME.”  Sometimes we wonder. The mounting research continues to paint a much rosier and more positive picture at least for the potential of a kinder, gentler workplace, society and planet. According to Dr. Thomas Tomasello, author of “Why […]
February 10, 2014

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. […]
January 27, 2014

Are We Addicted to Work?

The scene – the window from my midtown Manhattan hotel facing an office building. The time – 6 am –  the usual time I wake up when working in New York City (unless I can help it!)     More than a decade ago, when I started staying at this hotel, the offices were mostly dark at 6 am.   But in recent years, more lights […]
April 11, 2013

10 Quotes To Work By

The Road Ahead   Quotes can have a wonderful way of reminding you of what is deep and important in your life. I like to think of quotes as guiding principles – reflections of values – actively lived or lying dormant waiting to be rekindled. We put quotes on walls and desks for a reason. Social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr […]
February 28, 2013

You Don’t Have to be Motivated or “Productive” Every Day

Somewhere along the line I absorbed the nearly universal belief that hard work is a defining value of a person’s worth.   Intellectually, I don’t buy into this meme – but emotionally I can feel its pull and weight for every hour “wasted” on “non-productive” work. Although the nature of work has changed dramatically since I was a child, the thinking […]
February 11, 2013

WHO DO YOU TRUST? And Why It Matters

“Trust is a delicate property of human relationships. It is influenced far more by actions than words. It takes a long time to build, but it can be destroyed very quickly. Even a single action – perhaps misunderstood – can have powerful effects.”   Douglas McGregor, author of the business classic, The Human Side of Enterprise The Wharton School of Business published […]
January 13, 2011

The Language We Use in the Workplace

 “I can remember many conversations at work where former bosses would start to pull out the war metaphors—“This is a life and death struggle,” “We are in a battle for our very existence,” and “This is all out war.” The only problem was that it wasn’t actually war—it was computer software, TV news and corporate training videos.                                  Bob Rosner, Today’s Workplace […]
November 18, 2010

Living Your Values at Work

“The most important thing in life is to decide what’s most important” Ken Blanchard                            People don’t seem to write or talk much about values anymore, do they?  Yes, the word value is often used – creating value, adding value, etc., but what does it really mean to the user?  While most organizations still use values words in their mission […]
September 16, 2010

Creating a WE vs. ME Workplace

“The power of an organization is the capacity generated by relationships. Positive or negative organizational energy is determined by the quality of relationships. Those who relate through coercion, or in disregard of others, create negative energy. Those who are open to others and who see others in their fullness create positive energy.”    Margaret Wheatley, Leadership from the New Science Do […]