You know you’re smart. On any given day you can figure it out. But today, just for today, your brain is going on strike. Shut down.
Can’t process another piece of information. Can’t look at one more spread-sheet. Can’t listen to one more scintillating idea.
Let’s simply call it mental fatigue. (more…)
I wait in a TSA line at LaGuardia Airport, inching my way toward the front, when I notice a man and a woman. They stand next to each other, laughing, bantering back and forth. The man takes the palm of his right hand, playfully places it on the woman’s forehead for a quick second.
Give me some of that energy, he says and withdraws the hand. (more…)
Two political conventions rolled over us in the US. Public discourse in the aftermath got more heated than it had already been. Even if you tried to avoid the coverage, chances are you watched. And, pardon the gun metaphor – you got triggered.
There’s having a reaction. There’s being triggered. (more…)
It may sound like an academic question. It isn’t.
Which of your personal assets make your colleagues, clients, team want to follow you? Is it your warmth? Is it your competence?
The answer – duh – is both. But here’s the differentiating part: With the HAPPY WARRIOR, both are EQUALLY expressed. (more…)
90 minutes of focused activity, followed by a 10-minute interval of conscious rejuvenation, maximize productivity.
Yes, that’s the 90/10 principle.
Who came up with that, you ask? Professor K. Anders Ericson and his colleagues at Florida State University have studied elite performers, including musicians, athletes, actors and chess players. (more…)
My friend Marc Rubin and I tease our colleague Tina Governo.
You seem to be working harder than ever, we chuckle during a phone chat with her.
Tina just switched from a demanding full-time corporate leadership role to a part-time position. She has been on the road more than ever, it seems. Yeah – I chuckle and empathize. When I look at the pace of my life over the last 6 weeks I think to myself come on, really? Like, REALLY? (more…)
Yes, I’m biased. I’m a former theatre guy.
I think of this as I stumble on an article about improvisation in, of all places, the Wall Street Journal (7/8/2016). From a young age on we’re taught to master impulse control. It’s what grown-ups do, right? We manage our emotions. Avoid distraction. Aim for a zen-like focus, a sense of control. (more…)