Author: achim

First time I had a 9-5 job, on the heels of a showbiz career that came with a more mercurial schedule, I was stumped. I wondered, how did people function between 3 and 5 in the afternoon? By mid-afternoon I was spent; I merely faked my way to the end of the day.

I have since built up stamina. But I am describing my natural daily pulse. It is likely different from your natural daily pulse.  (more…)

Sometimes inclement weather does the trick. I jot down these words on a rain-drenched Saturday morning in South Florida.

No desire to run about. No temptation to roam the beach. I settle in. Exhale. Pause.

It is Memorial Day week-end in the US. An extra day to not work. To reflect perhaps and celebrate what truly matters in our lives. To pause. (more…)

Personal Influence. Most folks like the notion of having some. My professional practice is predicated on the benefits of getting it.

The right position in the right firm gets us a modicum of influence. Knowing other influential people gets us some more.  (more…)

First Moments.

They set the stage for everything that ensues.  They disproportionately influence the outcome of a conversation. 

When it comes to meeting someone, we think in terms of first impressions. A First Moment is more.  (more…)

AND. Simple little word, isn’t it?

We don’t like it in sentence construction. It signals run-on-sentence hell. We like it everywhere else. In the canon of powerful words, AND ranks right up there with YES, NO. As a form of thought construction,  (more…)

Trust is ephemeral. Hard to describe, harder to quantify.

It is also not easy to talk about. And yet, every relationship – professional and personal – is enhanced when trust becomes an elemental force in that relationship. (more…)

The psychological establishment vilified him.

Wilhelm Reich, the psychiatry-enfant-terrible of the mid-20th century, based his framework for understanding human behavior on the notion of blocked energy.  (more…)

I have always loved the notion of a Third Eye.

According to chakra symbology, the Third Eye sits right in the center of our forehead. Smack above our eyebrows. It is the place in our body that links to our intuition.  (more…)

Chances are, you know about “managing UP.” The art of managing the mercurial, distracted, at times temperamental and often unpredictable boss. If you have worked in the corporate world long enough, you have likely taken a class on this essential skill. (more…)

Aetna has a Chief Mindfulness Officer. Corporate Consultants are rebranding themselves as Chief Inspiration Officers. Tony Schwartz, author of The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance, champions the notion of a Chief Energy Officer. (more…)