A tweet, a blog post, and a profound teaching

Twitter

 

What’s the best length for a blog post? Mine are usually between 500 to 800 words.

However, through the discipline of writing tweets, I have discovered that it is quite possible to communicate an important concept in 160 characters or less.

 

A Talmudic Tweet

There is a story from the 1st century BCE that tells of a non-Jew who came to the rabbinic sage Hillel. He said that he would convert if the rabbi would teach him the Torah while standing on one leg. Rabbi Hillel replied, “That which is hateful to you, do not unto another: This is the whole of Torah. The rest is commentary. Now go study.”

In less than 120 characters (a tweet!), Rabbi Hillel explained the essence . . . → Read More: A tweet, a blog post, and a profound teaching

9 Tips to Increase the Likelihood You'll Be Heard

You don't need a megaphone to be heard

 

Did you ever have an important point to make that wasn’t heard or understood? What did you do? If you eventually gave up in frustration, you’re not unusual.

When you have something important to say, a little preparation ahead of time can increase the likelihood you’ll be heard.

Here are 9 tips to increase the likelihood you’ll be heard the first time:

Use “I statements.” Take personal ownership for the ideas and feelings you express. When you use terms like “some people” or “our group,” it is difficult to tell what you really think and feel or whether you are just repeating the thoughts and feelings of others. Provide the context. Explain your intention in communicating, what you hope will happen as . . . → Read More: 9 Tips to Increase the Likelihood You’ll Be Heard

The 12 Skills of Brilliant Team Members

Brilliant stars

When Casey got the award at the annual meeting, no one was surprised. He was a marketing genius, and his team’s success was unparalleled in the history of the company. He was clearly a rising star.

The problem was, his fellow team members thought he was a pain in the neck. He wasn’t a team player, he didn’t share information and he kept recognition for himself.

Although aware of Casey’s lack of team skills, senior management was pleased with the results he delivered, and they were afraid that expecting him to be a team player would dampen his brilliance.

They were wrong.

A team can have both brilliant players and great teamwork… if the team is not built around an individual, if team-oriented behaviors are . . . → Read More: The 12 Skills of Brilliant Team Members

How Yoga Principles Bring Sanity to Your Work Life

Did you know that yoga is about more than just stretching and putting your body in poses? In fact, physical activity is just one of the Eight Limbs of Yoga.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Maren and Jamie Showkeir, authors of the fascinating new book Yoga Wisdom at Work: Finding Sanity Off the Mat and On the Job. Their book explains how all eight limbs apply to the workplace.

In our 15 minute discussion, we focused on two of the limbs: Universal Morality and Focus. You can hear their views and practical advice on:

How we limit our potential by listening to our inner critic. How small acts of unkindness and disrespect in the workplace erode our power, creativity and productivity. What you . . . → Read More: How Yoga Principles Bring Sanity to Your Work Life

How to Leave Your Job And Keep Your Dignity

How to leave your job and keep your dignity

If you want to quit your job, make sure you don’t leave your dignity behind. How you leave your job who you are and how you feel about yourself.

These 8 suggestions will help you leave on a good note. They won’t guarantee it, because you can’t control other people’s reactions. But even if there is negativity, if you leave with what cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien calls Honorable Closure, you will be able to feel good about yourself.

1. Do your homework. Before you make the decision to quit, be clear about what your motivation is. Is it because: Career opportunities are limited? There something more attractive elsewhere? This is not the work you want to be doing after all? There is a lack . . . → Read More: How to Leave Your Job And Keep Your Dignity

Why My “5 Around” Group is Important to Me and Why You Should Start One

5 Around, January, 2000

I just arrived in Sarasota, Florida for my 5 Around Retreat. Twenty-three years ago, we began meeting as a group of high level executives and consultants with the intent of using each other as resources to address… . . . → Read More: Why My “5 Around” Group is Important to Me and Why You Should Start One

How To Answer a Wake Up Call

Wake Up Call

The results on her 360 feedback were troubling… for her boss… but apparently not for her. Susan was delivering great results, and she knew it. She had successfully led the effort to launch three new products since she had joined the company two years earlier. Bright, ambitious and well-educated, Susan had a clear career path in the company.

She was surprised her direct reports had rated her so low on empathy, managing emotions and providing feedback, and she reluctantly agreed when her boss suggested she work with a coach.

Susan hit the snooze button on her wake up call.

After a few coaching sessions, Susan decided she was too busy to continue and that she could resolve the issues on her own. Indeed, things did . . . → Read More: How To Answer a Wake Up Call

Alfred’s Wake Up Call or How to Create the Life You Want to Be Remembered For

Alfred's Wake Up Call

Alfred came from a long line of Swedish scientists, engineers and inventors. He learned the principles of explosives at a young age from his father who owned a machine tool and weapons factory in Russia in the mid 19th century. He studied chemistry in Paris and the United States and filed his first patent for a gas meter at the age of 24. At the age of 34, Alfred invented dynamite.

By the time he was 55 in 1888, Alfred had been issued over 350 patents internationally, owned 90 armaments factories in over 20 countries and had amassed a great fortune. Although he owned a home in Paris, he was constantly traveling, unmarried, and according to Victor Hugo was “Europe’s richest vagabond.”

1888 was . . . → Read More: Alfred’s Wake Up Call or How to Create the Life You Want to Be Remembered For

Pause, The Moment of Between

Moment of Between

 

It is the winter solstice – the darkest day of the darkest week of the year in the northern hemisphere. It is the moment before the balance shifts and light begins to overtake darkness.

The darkness has been particularly difficult this week, in the face of horrific tragedy, loss and suffering.

And yet, even in the darkness, great kindness, support and generosity of spirit emerge.

This darkest day of the darkest week beckons us to pause.

What does any great athlete do before they…

…. dive into the water

…. throw the discus

…. grab the rings

They pause.

What are they thinking about?

Nothing — absolutely nothing.

Shabbat means stop, cease.

. . . → Read More: Pause, The Moment of Between