A New Way to Work

Success and change without burnout by Dr. Geri Puleo

Archive for the month “May, 2012”

Working Wisdom: Life Is One Indivisible Whole

One man cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department.  Life is one indivisible whole. 
– Gandhi

Balance and authenticity: it’s what I strive for every waking moment.  Unfortunately, the politics of “business as usual” often challenge these virtues.  The pragmatism of the ends justifying the means seems to be replacing ethical integrity.  The financial bottom line dominates and destroys the morale and creativity of the workforce.  Technology’s e-leash controls workers – instead of the other way around.  I agree with Gandhi that segregating your values into different, discrete environments is impossible.  If you act ruthlessly in business, I don’t believe that you can act compassionately at home.  We can’t turn it on and turn it off.  Perhaps the foundation of a new way to work is to realize that work life, home life and spiritual life are irrevocably intertwined.  All these lives create the one indivisible whole of who you are.

Working Wisdom uses my favorite quotes to think about work in a new way.

Dr. Geri Puleo, SPHR, is the President and CEO of Change Management Solutions, Inc., an eLearning company focused on techniques to eliminate the 5 workplace stressors that create and sustain burnout:  Job Change, Organizational Change, Work-Life Imbalance, Poor Leadership and Management, and Ineffective Human Resources.  An entrepreneur for over 25 years, author, blogger, career coach, university professor, and researcher, you can see her “in action,” watch her TEDx Talk on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFkI69zJzLI.  To contact Dr. Puleo, please go to www.gapuleo.com

What to Do First When Everything Is Changing (Podcast)

The only constant in work today is that everything is going to change – usually significantly and usually in a way that will have a trickle down effect on just about everything else that we do.

So how do you manage so much change without burning out?  The only way that I’ve found is to follow Stephen Covey’s advice:  keep first things first.  In other words, I have to prioritize what’s important, what’s urgent and what isn’t.

You can’t control everything in your work or life.  Stuff happens, things change, people don’t do what they say that they will do.  But to avoid feeling like I’m reactively bouncing around inside a pinball machine, I keep my internal compass set on what is important.  I let my priorities guide my actions.

I’d like to share some of my ideas on how to prioritize when everything is changing.  The link below will open the first of my podcasts on this site — so feel free to listen to and share!

The Power of Priorities During Organizational Change (podcast running time is approximately 6 minutes)

Dr. Geri Puleo, SPHR, is the President and CEO of Change Management Solutions, Inc., an eLearning company focused on techniques to eliminate the 5 workplace stressors that create and sustain burnout:  Job Change, Organizational Change, Work-Life Imbalance, Poor Leadership and Management, and Ineffective Human Resources.  An entrepreneur for over 25 years, author, blogger, career coach, university professor, and researcher, you can see her “in action,” watch her TEDx Talk on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFkI69zJzLI.  To contact Dr. Puleo, please go to www.gapuleo.com

Working Wisdom: Are You Focusing on the Things That Matter Most?

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
– Goethe

At the end of the day, how much time and energy have you spent on the things that are really important to you?  If you’re like most of us, the pressing urgency of unimportant distractions often interrupts our best intentions to focus on the important.  Life is too short.  Taking time for those people and activities that are important to us is not being selfish – it is a necessary practice that leads to greater joy arising from helping others.  Think about it:  at the end of our lives, what’s really important is the time and attention that we’ve spent the majority of our time focusing on the things that matter most, rather than those that matter least.

Working Wisdom uses my favorite quotes to think about work in a new way.

Dr. Geri Puleo, SPHR, is the President and CEO of Change Management Solutions, Inc., an eLearning company focused on techniques to eliminate the 5 workplace stressors that create and sustain burnout:  Job Change, Organizational Change, Work-Life Imbalance, Poor Leadership and Management, and Ineffective Human Resources.  An entrepreneur for over 25 years, author, blogger, career coach, university professor, and researcher, you can see her “in action,” watch her TEDx Talk on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFkI69zJzLI.  To contact Dr. Puleo, please go to www.gapuleo.com

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