May 28, 2015

The State of Your Attention ~ How to Engage Life More Fully

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” ~ Mary Oliver The Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hahn, captures the essence of paying attention – deep, sustained, perceptive attention – when he reminds us, “You have an appointment with life – you should not miss it.” Lately I’ve been keenly aware that life today is filled with endless distractions. […]
February 13, 2015

Simplifying in an Age of Complexity ~ Part 2

I spent a lot of time in Part 1 talking about the state of the economy and the ways that we work.  Some readers may have wondered – what’s this got to do with simplicity? “Work” consumes more time for the average person (especially in the U.S.) than ever – the highest numbers, in fact, since statistics began to measure […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
November 21, 2012

Creating a Culture of Gratitude in the Workplace – Reprise

As we approach the holiday season, lots of heart-felt stories about kindness and giving start to appear.  Tis’ the season, so to speak.   It’s a time when even the busiest and most cynical among us pause (even if only for a short time) and reflect.   But too often, the feelings of gratitude that the holiday spirit may generate are focused […]
September 6, 2012

How are Today’s Workplaces Managing the Crisis of Mental Health?

I’m gobsmacked (as my British friends would say) after reading the recent Wall St Journal article, Managing Mental Health at Work. If you research the issue of mental health in the workplace you’ll turn up some alarming statistics and little in the way of hopeful solutions.  I’m not naïve, but honestly, I thought we’d be further along the evolutionary path […]
July 19, 2012

Reflections on the "Busy" Trap

The habit of looking to the future and thinking that the whole meaning of the present lies in what it will bring forth is a pernicious one. There can be no value in the whole unless there is value in the parts. BERTRAND RUSSELL, Conquest of Happiness Tim Kreiders’ New York Times article, The Busy Trap,  generated a lot of buzz.   Many […]
June 14, 2012

Humanizing Workplace Relationships – People Aren’t Tasks

“For me, my role is about unleashing what people already have inside them that are maybe suppressed in most work environment.”                Tony Hseih, Zappos CEO Is the “modern” workplace designed for people? Are the systems created for work designed to maximize productivity and profit or human well-being? Who factors in the real cost […]