Are Motivational Sayings Stressing You Out?

Inspirational sayings mean well, they really do, but sometimes they just get it very wrong. You’ll be walking down the street on a beautiful Sunday morning when you see some ripped CrossFit guy in a “Can’t stop, won’t stop.” T-shirt. Suddenly you feel like you should be working out, finishing next week’s presentation and curing … Continue reading Are Motivational Sayings Stressing You Out?

Free Yoga, Sleep & Meditation Music from Moby

Moby is a long-time renowned electronic musician. He also happens to be an active yoga and meditation practitioner. Recently, he created an 11-part series of “really really really quiet music.” Lucky for us, the American DJ and producer decided to give the 4 hours of music away entirely free. It’s called Long Ambients 1: Calm. … Continue reading Free Yoga, Sleep & Meditation Music from Moby

How Stress Affects Your Brain – a TED-Ed Video

Stress this, stress that. Everyone’s talking about it. We all know it’s bad for us. But do we really understand the extent to which stress impacts our bodies negatively? And how the heck it happens? This TED-Ed video perfectly illustrates how harmful chronic stress, i.e. life’s daily stressors like traffic and meetings, can cumulatively be … Continue reading How Stress Affects Your Brain – a TED-Ed Video

Mindfulness is About as Religious as Red Wine

The business world is rapidly embracing mindfulness as a “productivity” and “performance” tool, with the thinking that calmer, more focused peeps make better employees. At the same time, I sometimes hear the concern that mindfulness meditation and awareness training is considered too spiritual or religious for people to give it a try. As someone who … Continue reading Mindfulness is About as Religious as Red Wine

I Don’t Need Mindfulness. But the Guy Next to Me Sure as Hell Does.

I had the pleasure of speaking at Mainstream, a conference hosted by Eventful Group, in Denver a few weeks ago. Mainstream brings together the world’s leaders in maintenance, reliability, and safety in industries like oil, gas and power. I was asked to speak on “Leadership and Stress.” As a driven perfectionist, it’s a topic I … Continue reading I Don’t Need Mindfulness. But the Guy Next to Me Sure as Hell Does.

If You’re Unhappy and You Know it, Clap Your Hands

I recently had dinner with a global C-level advertising executive friend. Let’s call her Diva, because no one’s real name is Diva. During dinner, her energy went from bad to worse. She was complaining about clients, her staff, colleagues, having to wear multiple hats in a public company, you name it… and it was all … Continue reading If You’re Unhappy and You Know it, Clap Your Hands