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 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 […]
March 14, 2011

Why Do We Continue to Think Self-Compassion is Self-Indulgent?

Writing in her column in the health section (Go Easy on Yourself, a New Wave of Research Suggests) author Tara Parker-Pope wrote, “Do you treat yourself as well as you treat your friends and family? That simple question is the basis for a burgeoning new area of psychological research called self-compassion – how kindly people view themselves.  The research suggests […]
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 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 16, 2010

If You Are Sick, Stay Home (and please get some sleep)

“We have clear evidence that if you consistently work long hours, you will get ill. And what we’re finding in the developed world is that increasingly the hours are upping that more and more people are working longer.”     Cary Cooper, Organizational Psychologist Recently, we’ve spoken with several clients who were sick. Physically ill.  Coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, sore throats – […]
October 14, 2010

FEAR in the Workplace

“Fear is an aggressive predator of joy and creativity in the workplace.” Terence Deal & M.K. Key The price tag on fear is high – for business and our own well-being. Emotional contagion is real. Fear is catchy. Old fears get easily activated. The way we talk to ourselves is a critically important factor in how we activate our fears. External […]