Practicing mindfulness can help us lead healthier, happier lives. This year, I discovered a few hacks to practice it more easily every day.
The Enneagram is a personality test that has been gaining more attention in recent years. Despite its recent popularity, it originates from ancient traditions. It contains nine distinct personality types named by number.
Working in an open office comes with its challenges. Constant noise and visual stimuli can make it difficult to stay focused. As an introvert, I gain energy from quiet time spent in solitude. Yet, I still find the benefits of a cubicle-less work environment far outweigh the drawbacks.
Meetings provide an opportunity to flex your communication skills. But when you actively engage in the meeting process, you also open yourself up to develop your soft skills. There are a host of soft skills that can be leveraged in the workplace—like adaptability, creativity, positivity, and teamwork. Here are four ways that I’ve developed my […]
Making a big decision with a group of people is never an easy process. A big decision generally means a great deal is riding on the outcome, and thus, emotions will be high and opinions strong. How do you navigate those waters?
In early 2013, while working for a previous employer, I realized that we had a problem. I learned that a client for whom we were actively developing software had not been paying their bills. I had a large development team working very hard, and we were in the middle of a multi-month project. This client […]
We all have times when we experience negative feelings like unfairness, lack of control, or frustration. When this happens, we can play the victim or we can choose to take responsibility for making the best of our situation. I recently read Fred Kofman’s book Conscious Business, which gave me a new way of looking at […]
Here’s the thing about self-help books: They contain wisdom, but something about them makes my eyes roll. As I read, I often agree with their thesis, but my inner soundtrack of “yes, but”s disputes the advice. I am so adept at contradicting the advice of self-help books that I’ve become immune to their teachings. Then […]
I recently had to give a short talk for a conference. All the talks at this conference were about 20 minutes long, and it got me thinking about what I like about short presentations.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about what makes me feel trusted at work. There are a lot of great articles written about why trust is good and important to have with your team, so I won’t go into detail about that. To me, it seems obvious that you need to trust those you work with in […]