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 […]
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 […]
January 27, 2011

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 […]
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 […]
December 2, 2010

Every Word Has Power (Watching Your Language Can Change the Way You Feel at Work)

“But words are things, and a small drop of ink, Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.” ~George Gordon Byron Words are powerful. What we say reflects what we think.  Our spoken word originates in our thought.  Typically, most people don’t think consciously.  In fact, the common knowledge is that we use only […]
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 […]