April 17, 2014

How Many Hours Do We Need to Work to Be “Productive?” Reprise

“Work is no longer a place; it’s a state of mind. It’s become less about when I turn off the office lights and more about when I turn off (at least mentally) the inbox.” Christa Carone, Chief Marketing Officer, Xerox Is the private life dead? When you hired me, did  you buy my evenings, weekends and holidays? Now that you can […]
March 27, 2014

Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?  

Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver’s haunting question should become a mantra for life in the 21st century. Seemingly inured to stress, too many of us speed through each day without taking the time to stop and ask – what have I traded a day of my life for today? Jumping on the mindfulness bandwagon dozens of articles still ask, “Can […]
March 13, 2014

BeFriending Anger – The Emotions Series Reprise

“Anger can be a wonderful wake up call to help you to understand what you need and what you value.” Thich Nhat Hahn For seven years I regularly facilitated seminars on conflict resolution.  Most of the group participants wanted answers to problems they saw as the source of their conflict. Usually this had to do with fixing the behavior of another person. Imagine […]
February 27, 2014

Living with Permanent Uncertainty

Here’s what I have noticed lately ~ more and more people are talking about living in “uncertain” times.  It’s now called, “the new normal.” The anxiety over our predicament of uncertainty appears to be a new discovery. The economic earthquake of 2008/09 rearranged our thinking – and long-held assumptions about the future. We haven’t been the same since; our collective […]
February 20, 2014

5 Reasons Why Business Can’t Afford to Ignore Psychology for Another 100 Years

“The problem with business is that it is afraid of dealing with the business of people.”   W. Edwards Deming Honestly, I  don’t get it. Why is so much of business still in the dark about the basics of human dynamics? Appyling awareness of human psychology to work is moving at a glacial pace while technology flies by it at […]
February 6, 2014

What Have We Learned from 20 Years of Emotional Intelligence?

In 1995, Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More than IQ by Daniel Goleman was published. The introduction of Emotional Intelligence (EI) generated excitement and hope. Nearly twenty years later, it’s time to look at the progress and future of this work. As a student of psychology and social systems, EI (Emotional Intelligence) had immediate resonance with my experience and offered some […]
January 30, 2014

Why Neuroscience Should Change the Way We Work~ Pt.2

Since I published Part 1 in April 2011 the article has consistently been in the blog’s top  10.  I’m grateful for the response and I’ve been inspired to write more about the fascinating, emergent world of neuroscience. While I am a very informal student of the science, what I’ve learned has reshaped the way I approach my work.  As I wrote in […]
January 16, 2014

10 Quotes to Inspire Your Work

It’s easy to become cynical in these times – even about our own aspirations and possibilities. It’s more important than ever to understand what we believe and how our actions are aligned with our behavior. Here are ten quotes that are food for thought – opening up the fields of possibility in how you think about your work every day.  […]
January 2, 2014

THE Diet for a New Year ~ the 7 Day Mental Cleanse

Sometimes someone else captures the essence of what is on your mind –  this time it’s from Dr. Ken Druck’s New Year’s post “ With all due respect to the procrastination-ending promises, spirited goals, deeply-held commitments and news-making fresh starts, I’ve decided the opt out of this annual ritual and treat Jan. 1st as just another (precious, irretrievable) day. On January 1st, […]