The Consolation of Completion (Redux)

Some further thoughts on yesterday’s post, The Consolation of Completion: Many of our workplaces create an ethos of task completion and goal achievement at any cost. This habituation to the measurable allows us to feel good about ourselves at the end of the day but it fails to take into account the fact that most ofContinue reading “The Consolation of Completion (Redux)”

A Brief Q&A

Q: How do you build a motivated team? A: Hire people who are already motivated. Q: How do you build an energized and creative accounting firm? A: Hire energized and creative accountants. Q: How do you create a dynamic and responsive customer service team? A: Hire dynamic and responsive customer service professionals. Recruiting and hiringContinue reading “A Brief Q&A”


“We have no empirical evidence that being more serious leads to greater insight into the human condition than being playful. There is, however, growing empirical evidence that being playful opens toward the ever-elusive, supple heart.” – John Paul Lederach There is only one thing I miss…that I truly miss…from going to work every day atContinue reading “Playful”

You Are Not a Falling Tree

Can you imagine being present on the day when a massive, shallow-rooted redwood tree came crashing to the earth, splintering into enormous jagged shards of timber? Can you imagine the sound, the grotesque violence, the shredding and grating of the collision as one falling tree snapped over the back of one that had previously fallen?Continue reading “You Are Not a Falling Tree”

Be the Drop in the Ocean

“Let’s instead remember that the people in our daily lives are hurting too. Comfort comes in many forms, some of them small moments of kindness. Mother Teresa said, ‘We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the oceanContinue reading “Be the Drop in the Ocean”

Your attention, please

“Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.” – from “Everything is waiting for you” by David Whyte Perhaps the idea of cultivating and expressing love in the workplace doesn’t sit well with you. It is a freighted word, full of complex associations. Many would suggest it has no place in any conversation about colleagues, teams,Continue reading “Your attention, please”

It’s four letters and it starts with “L”

I attended a wedding on Monday afternoon. Monday afternoon is not a typical “wedding day.” Monday afternoon is the time when most of us are at work, the time when we have shaken off the weekend and placed our noses firmly, if not reluctantly back to the grindstone. But there we were, on a MondayContinue reading “It’s four letters and it starts with “L””