What to Do When Someone Else’s Disorganization Creates Your Chaos

I’m a planner; it’s the only way that I can accomplish all my goals without burning out or going a little crazy.  So what do you do when an authority figure gives you wrong information – but then YOU have to change your entire schedule in order to deal with the resulting chaos?  It changes … Continue reading What to Do When Someone Else’s Disorganization Creates Your Chaos

Working Wisdom: Your Response to Stress Determines Your Outcome

It is how people respond to stress that determines whether they will profit from misfortune or be miserable.  - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1990) A stressor doesn’t necessarily lead to stress.  Surprised?  It’s because a stressor is simply an external condition or event – while stress is an internal reaction that may … Continue reading Working Wisdom: Your Response to Stress Determines Your Outcome

Working Wisdom: The Heart of Business

Only do what your heart tells you. - Princess Diana  Mankind is a thinking species, but also an emotional one.  This fact is often overlooked in today’s hyperactive, quantitative business environment.  Critical analysis, measurement and judgment are necessary “hard skills” of business – but they are insufficient.  “Hard skills” don’t lend themselves to innovation nor … Continue reading Working Wisdom: The Heart of Business

Meetings: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

OK, I admit it -- I hate attending most meetings. Why?  Because in over 30 years of meetings, I’ve found that there is rarely a set agenda, attendees tend to come minimally prepared and there doesn’t seem to be a defined reason or objective to hold the meeting in the first place.  And most people … Continue reading Meetings: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Working Wisdom: The Impact of Change on Your Mind

Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind.  To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse.  To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better.  To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better. - King Whitney, Jr.  Change management … Continue reading Working Wisdom: The Impact of Change on Your Mind

Working Wisdom: Ideas to Keep You Motivated

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.  - Chinese proverb  Profound growth requires transformational changes that take time.  Although we all have experienced the sudden “a ha!” moment in which the solutions to our problems miraculously appeared, we often forget the conscious and unconscious wrestling, weighing and assessing that preceded these moments … Continue reading Working Wisdom: Ideas to Keep You Motivated

Is There a Link Between Multitasking and Presenteeism?

Ah, the joy and satisfaction of multitasking.  You can do your laundry, watch a TV show, prepare an expense report and brainstorm ideas on new marketing campaigns all at the same time.  What a great way to save time and get more done! Yeah, right.  The problem is that we're not robots. On paper, multitasking … Continue reading Is There a Link Between Multitasking and Presenteeism?