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 […]
October 14, 2013

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 […]
October 10, 2013

Forgiveness at Work – Cleaning our Emotional House

“Forgiveness is a lovely idea until you have someone to forgive.”  C.S. Lewis I’ve thought a lot about forgiveness lately. Often when we face life’s major passages, a flood of old thoughts and feelings suddenly reappear. But I must admit that I am not at the place where I started when I began to think about the concept of forgiveness for this […]
September 9, 2013

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, we don’t get it.  Why is business still so ignorant about the basics of human dynamics? Awareness of human psychology as it applies to work has evolved at a glacial pace while technology flies by it at the speed […]
December 6, 2012

Resolving Conflict: Going Beyond "Who Started It?"

“When patterns are broken new worlds emerge” Tuli Kuperberg What does a “who dunnit” in a work team have to do with a global conflict, or for that matter, any conflict? Looking at any major conflict one easily sees that they are usually convoluted, long-standing and seemingly intractable.  Working with many team and organizational conflicts one finds many of them to […]
April 5, 2012

How is Your Workplace Limiting Your Emotional Freedom?

We read a great deal about employee engagement these days.   Great talent is supposedly in short supply. Many organizations are looking to attract and retain the best people, especially in anticipation of economic challenges that are the new normal. We scrutinize what constitutes great leadership.  Phrases like “Culture eats strategy for lunch” (or is it breakfast?) are becoming the new […]
May 20, 2011

The Power of Beliefs at Work

“The voice in the head tells a story that the body believes in and reacts to. Those reactions are the emotions. The emotions, in turn, feed the energy back to the thoughts that created the emotion in the first place. This is the vicious circle between unexamined thoughts and emotions, giving rise to emotional thinking and emotional story-making.”     Eckhart […]
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 […]
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 […]