I have always believed that separating spirituality from the rest of our lives is like shooting ourselves in the foot. Your spiritual life should be reflected in the way you run your business, the way you treat those with whom you work, and the way you treat your competitors.
Burnout is on the rise. It is a growing problem for the modern workplace, having an impact on organisational costs, as well as employee health and well-being.
New research identifies ways to help people who don’t gel with the company’s culture stay engaged and become more productive.
We spend much of our time trying to please others. Most of us unconsciously, try to please our family, friends, and co-workers in order to barter for the love we so deeply crave — but will not acknowledge.
The majority of people are aching to make a commitment in their lives—to others, to a goal, to the world—if only they could find the spark that would set them into action. The missing links are the belief in oneself and the inspiration from others. Few of us believe that we are...
We've all heard of ask and you shall receive and I've been an avid proponent of that method myself. However, there is asking and there is expecting. Now on the surface, those seem to go hand in hand, yet they don't...
The business and relationship situations in your life do not have a life or reality of their own. They are reflections of your psyche, the images you hold about yourself projected onto the screen of the world. As James Allen stated, “We think in secret and it comes to pass. Environment is our looking glass.”
Workers in countries where shorter working hours are the norm are more likely to complain of poor work-life balance, according to our research recently published in the journal Social Forces.
Keeping up with our social networks online helps us get what we want in the short term, but could be worse for our accumulation of “social capital” in the longer term, our research shows.
As Dorothy travelled along the yellow brick road she came to a crossroads. Out loud she wondered which way to go and she got a reply from a scarecrow that had been tied to a stake in the middle of a cornfield. He told her that he had no choice but to stay there as he believed...
Business writer and journalist Srully Blotnick wrote of a 20-year study of men who became millionaires. The single thing they all had in common was not an overriding desire to make money or gain international reputation, but an overriding love of and determination to do what they loved doing...
How to cope with anxiety, self-doubt, and “the check’s in the mail.” I’m currently waiting for around $10,000 worth of paychecks to reach me for freelance writing projects I’ve done.
Well-being is seen as increasingly important in the workplace. A growing number of companies have well-being policies, such as free gym memberships and health insurance, to cater to their employees' needs.
The original “freelancers” were historic knights and mercenaries, selling their fighting skills to whoever paid the right price. Today’s freelancers include a growing army of people who decide to leave highly paid and secure jobs in large organisations to strike out on their own and become independent consultants.
One of the main reasons given by students for going to university is to get a good job afterwards, but with around 500,000 people graduating each year the job market is extremely competitive.
Imagine if you could work whenever and wherever you wanted to. Would you work less and enjoy more time with family and friends? Or would you end up perpetually working, have work spill over into the rest of your life?
Few employees would deny that ingratiation is ubiquitous in the workplace. This behavior goes by many names – kissing up, sucking up, brown-nosing and ass-kissing. Indeed, the fact that there are so many names that describe this behavior suggests that it’s something that goes on all the time at work.
The first thing is that the term entrepreneurship means different things to different people. So the starting point of any discussion is to agree not to use the term.
Money is an uncomfortable subject for most of us. We love money, and we hate it. We can't live with it, and we can't live without it. Money can be a source of great joy and creativity, or it can bring frustration and misery, depending on our relationship with it. And we bring all these doubts and fears, hopes and expectations with us every time we...
The flow of reports about the impact of automation, mostly dire, continues. This report follows the now familiar line captured in the phrase “exponential technologies”
When confronted by life, we are each bound within the scope and the limits of the perspectives we have adopted and nurtured over our lives.
he relative neglect of higher education investment in political debate is a missed opportunity. The economic evidence is that not only does higher education build the economy’s skills and knowledge, but that it pays for itself many times over.
We may think that a simple age cutoff – such as 18 – should make us feel like adults. And why not? After all, crossing an age threshold can bestow certain rights, such as voting, military enlistment, purchase of certain substances as well as adult images or videos.
Imagine you’re sitting at an important job interview. You’re suitably dressed and have taken the time to do your hair and apply some makeup. You’re smiling, answering questions, and attempting to appear competent, and, obviously, hireable.
More than half of jobs are found with the help of a social tie, whether a friend, relative or distant acquaintance. For example, a friend may tell you about a job opening at her firm or a parent may offer you an internship at his company.
The researchers examined the productivity differences between two groups of call center employees over the course of six months and found that those with stand-capable workstations—those in which the worker could raise or lower the desk to stand or sit as they wished throughout the day—were about 46 percent more productive than those with regular desks and chairs.
The world today is characterised by increasing variety, interdependency and connectivity; complexity, change, ambiguity, seamlessness and sustainability. There’s no doubt that more intelligent leaders are needed to deal with these emerging challenges and demands.
Ask any anthropologist what they do and they will find it hard to give you a direct answer. If you’ve seen the television series Bones, you probably think an anthropologist is someone who studies the remains of dead people to help solve crimes.
"Teachers are caught between two models, a punitive model that says you have to punish kids to get them to behave and an older model that goes to the heart of the profession, which says that teaching is all about building strong relationships with children, especially when they struggle," says Gregory Walton.
Tax Day is finally here. If you’re getting a refund, lucky you. But if you owe the government money, you may be worried that you have to pay the amount due by the filing deadline of April 18 – even if you asked for an extension.
It's so amazing to discover the power of our minds! It's probably the most fabulous, wonderful, liberating discovery that any human being can make! Barbara Berger tells about an important milestone on her personal journey towards self-empowerment.
Are you part of the whopping 60% of people in both the UK and US who are feeling unhappy at work? Now that it’s spring – a time of new beginnings – perhaps you are scratching your head, wondering if it’s worth leaving your job and looking for something new, something more exciting and meaningful, something more satisfying.
For people who are driven to succeed at a certain profession, negative feedback about their talent or potential may lead some to act unethically.
I would love to be able to tell you that multitasking will save the day, but it will actually do the opposite. There are a few instances when it can help (I’ll give examples shortly), but the majority of the time, multitasking hurts us. Just read the research on it.
There are some amazing people in this world who, against all odds, have managed to overcome seemingly impossible setbacks. No one would fault any of these individuals if they had chosen differently and decided not to put themselves out there in the world, yet they chose...
We aren’t done, even if at first it appears that way. We always have more to offer. Always. And the community around us deserves to benefit from our continuing vitality. Our lives remain quite purposeful, even though what we had considered our primary purpose for the many years of our career has come to an end.
Back in the early 1980s, when I started researching the field of careers, the notion of “work-life balance” was decidedly embryonic. It certainly had almost no resonance among women, who were still expected to work both at work and at home. Now it’s an acknowledged part of the zeitgeist and central to how we arrange our lives.
Ultimately, it is not what we think or say that determines our reality but what we are or are not capable of doing. Each time we experience failure on the path to a goal that is close to our hearts we face the ultimate trap of the acquired personality: the failure neurosis.
The first few months of a new year can be a stressful time financially. The Christmas holidays typically lead to depleted savings and higher credit card balances, while tax season is right around the corner. Unfortunately for most us, this isn’t a seasonal dilemma but a chronic problem that brings anxiety throughout the year.
"Ironically, when leaders felt mentally fatigued and morally licensed after displays of ethical behavior, they were more likely to be abusive toward their subordinates on the next day," says Russell Johnson.
This week marked the beginning of the presidential primary season, and economic fears such as jobs and wages have taken center stage on the campaign trail.
Debt is cheap right now, but only if you can get someone to offer you a deal. The low interest rate environment has pushed rates on mortgages and loans to record lows, but at the same time, banks have tightened up their lending policies.
The legitimacy of a given social order rests on the legitimacy of its debts. Even in ancient times this was so. In traditional cultures, debt in a broad sense — gifts to be reciprocated, memories of help rendered, obligations not yet fulfilled — was a glue that held society together
The balance between career, calling, and family will naturally change over time, so reevaluating and fine-tuning this balance can help transform midlife crises into midcourse corrections and create a space for refueling and recharging. Maintaining such balance involves a process of self-examination and insight that ripens over time.
Everyone can talk about a cool idea they’ve had: ‘Oh I thought of that years before they launched it.’ But not everyone makes their ideas happen. Breakthrough of any kind demands a high level of commitment. When you meet people who are committed, you can sense it. They embody their vision inside them.
It is said that nature abhors a vacuum. To have the opportunity to attract what you do want, such as a better relationship, more attractive clothes, or furniture, you must make room for your desires to manifest.
The year just past saw many major business scandals including those at Volkswagen, 7-Eleven and Turing Pharmaceuticals. All pointed to a business culture using the “end justifies the means” argument to justify unethical if not illegal practices.
A spiritual business often begins as a side interest that began from an inspiration. If you already have a full-time job, working to earn a living, or if you are a full-time mom, you are going to be very busy already! It is key to your success to know how to manage your time if you would like to start your own business.
It's a sign of the times that so many people are careless in money matters. Nearly half of today's workers live paycheck to paycheck. Even many earning six-figure salaries have nothing left over at the end of each month. Saving for retirement is considered unfashionable.
About 14 million people, including me, watched the top Republican presidential contenders spar in their third debate Wednesday night. And while most pundits and viewers were attuned to their words, I noted the importance of what they wore – dark business suits, crisp button-down shirts and formal dress shoes.
In 1938, one year after releasing Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill was interviewed on a syndicated radio program. He examined the topic of failure from a unique perspective. He explained how three habits can either ruin a person’s dreams or be redirected and transformed into stepping-stones for success.
According to the Census Bureau, the average American commutes just over 25 minutes each way to work, so most of us are in our cars for about an hour a day. I commute two hours per day, five days a week. For most of us, the commute is part of life. Our cars have become our second homes...
Many of us have limited thinking patterns regarding how to earn an income or even to assess value. Yet when we feel connected to our inner creative, we naturally access the feminine realm that generates our creative currency. This is the space where dreams are free to range, time or money concerns and other limitations fade...
In today’s intensely competitive, hyper-social work world, self-promotion is no longer just a professional responsibility. It’s a career survival skill. Employers must know your real value. Otherwise you’ll frequently find yourself on the losing end professionally. You won’t get the job, the raise, the promotion, the respect and recognition you deserve.
Uber suffered a legal blow this week when a California judge granted class action status to a lawsuit claiming the car-hailing service treats its drivers like employees, without providing the necessary benefits.
Debate swirls around the strengths and weaknesses of Australia’s superannuation system. But there is one aspect where change should not be countenanced: its compulsory nature.
Do you wake in the morning and groan because you dread your day job? As you rush out the door, you scowl deeper, anticipating another awful day at work. Such an attitude, which I too have harbored, is harmful, even damaging, to our psyche, our present job, and our future creative work.
Many people hear the title Think and Grow Rich and immediately connect it with the idea of acquiring material wealth. Yet, interestingly enough, Napoleon Hill doesn’t devote a lot of time in his book to the actual making of money. For Hill, rich had a different meaning or, at the very least, a much broader one.
A new study points to both the limits and potential we have in visually representing ourselves—in situations that include dating, career-networking sites, and social media posts.
Disruptive technologies are nothing new. From the development of steam power in the early 1800s to today’s digitally-enriched world, the impact of technology on the employment landscape has been substantial.
Consumption. By a strange shift of meaning, this 19th-century word describing a serious and often fatal disease is the same word used now for a way of life focused on material goods. Is it time to bring back its negative, and often deadly, associations into our public discourse?
No matter who you are or how skilled you may be in your occupation, there will be times when the going is hard, and unpleasant circumstances will overtake you. Now, if you yield easily to these obstacles you may as well write yourself off as far as becoming a great success is concerned.
Failure can be a positive element in one’s eventual success. This principle has been proven throughout history among some of the greatest entrepreneurs. The great Henry Ford wasn’t a stranger to failure. Before founding Ford Motor Company, Ford’s earlier business endeavors all failed and left him broke.
As the U.S. continues to recover from the financial crisis started over seven years ago, the prospect of "too big to fail" banks still lingers because no real reforms have been made in the financial sector.
I’ve found that many people have no idea what they want to do with their life. They either feel overwhelmed with possibilities and don’t know where to start, or they feel like there is nothing specific that is calling to them. Either way, they are stuck where they are.
Manifestation became an exciting game of Synchronicity Bingo: request and delivery. Every product that I wanted miraculously popped into view. Bingo. Eventually, finding and receiving items became effortless.
The ultimate purpose of visionary business if to transform the world, by doing what we love to do, into an ecologically sustainable environment, with peace and plenty for all God's creatures.
Unlike dreams, which tend to gloss over important details, or omit them altogether, goals leave no room for confusion about that which is desired. Express your goal in terms of specific events or behaviors.
Several years ago when I decided to attract my ideal spiritual partner, I created a long list of qualities and characteristics I would like to have in that partner. I then released my desire to the Universe and asked for "this or something better." Well, I got everything...
What is money if not a state of mind? If we view money as an energy, naturally flowing to us as we earn a livelihood, then we should be concerned with the quality of the service we give to others and the amount money will flow.
We are all consumers of expectations. They are easy to come by — from parents, family, friends, the media — and many are self-created. Expectations are pervasive in our lives, and most of us are conditioned to be driven by them and to attempt to realize them. Our expectations then become our compass...
Deciding to disclose information about a non-obvious disability at work is complicated and potentially risky, no matter what you do for a living. For people with a mental health issue, like bipolar disorder or PTSD where stereotypes and bias are prevalent, the risk can be even greater.
I get lots of mail about whether college is worth the cost. The answer is unequivocally yes, but with one big qualification. I’ll come to the qualification in a moment but first the financial case for why it’s worth going to college.
Health and social workers often choose their profession because they want to help people. But seeing trauma and suffering on a regular basis can have a deep impact on these workers. “Compassion fatigue” is a response to the stress of caring for people at times of crisis and is often referred to as the cost of caring.
If someone said your organization could eliminate email and meetings, fire the bosses, go to a four day work week, and thrive, what would you think? Where’s the punchline, right? Well, there is no punchline. Many companies are taking such steps.
The nice thing about making a list is that I get the to-do chatter out of my head and onto a piece of paper. But there’s no way to prioritize. There’s no indication of how important anything is, how much time each task might take, and the order in which I ought to attack the list.
As life gets busier and more complex, we all crave something larger and more meaningful than just checking off another item on our to-do lists. Traditionally we’ve looked to religion and spirituality for a sense of life purpose, but in our secular age...
Over the years I've made a practice of studying people who have achieved something I'd like to accomplish. Whether in health, fitness, business, or even relationships, if I want to achieve a particular result, I can find someone who achieved it and learn to do what they did. This idea, known as modeling...
I know that it may be tempting sometimes to give up when Life just seems to be too tough, but the moment we give up, our inner life-energy starts to drain away and it then becomes even harder to move through Life’s challenging times. Instead we have to...
For those who might have missed it, this was Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s advice to women uncomfortable with the thought of requesting: "It’s not really about asking for the raise but [about] knowing and having faith that the system will actually..."
Many stories are told of the power of the subconscious when directed in faith. Demonstrations often come at the eleventh hour because man then lets go, that is, stops reasoning, and Infinite Intelligence has a chance to work.
One of our most important lessons involves learning to express our best self amid the reality of our daily life. Our knowledge of how we as individuals fulfill our life purpose is not an intellectual understanding; it is a heartfelt, intuitive experience coupled with a desire to share and contribute.
Take a moment to think of a task you wish to accomplish in the next three months. It should be something specific like clearing out your backyard, or completing an online course, so that you could judge, definitively, if and when it has been completed.
We've all said it at one time or another. "Someday I'll ... go back to school, ask for a raise, improve my skills so I can be promoted, find a new job, start saving for our future." What is your version of "Someday I'll...?"
Do you remember being asked what you wanted to be when you grew up? This was often a question my teachers directed to the class at the beginning of a new school year. It was also considered a good opener by other adults who really didn’t know us all that well. What did I want to be?
Humans tend to detect winning and losing streaks in situations that are actually random. The first study of this phenomenon in non-human primates finds that monkeys share this “hot hand bias.” Scientists disagree about whether this unfounded belief is a cultural artifact picked up in childhood or a predisposition deeply ingrained in...
It isn't hard to see the abundance of our planet. You only have to look at the fruit trees in the fall, the lushness of life. Buckminster Fuller calculated that if all the wealth of the world was divided equally among its citizens, each and every one of us would be a millionaire.
We pored through a debt-resistance manual created by former Occupiers to bring you these practical tips. Last month PM Press published the Debt Resisters' Operations Manual—also known as “the DROM.” But don’t let that menacing-sounding acronym fool you
There is a direct relationship between surrendering control and manifesting miracles because of the difference between desire and desperation. Desire pulls things towards you, while desperation pushes them away...
Hope, I am grateful to note, has a habit of showing up at my door when I least expect it. Of course, there are also times when hope fails to show up, and I need to send out a search party just when I am least equipped to organize one. But for now, we might begin our reflections on hope by considering...
In the industrial era, economic growth has become equated with human progress, with a fundamental assumption that material growth and consumption inevitably leads to improvements in our well-being...
Innumerable studies have documented the ill effects of insufficient sleep, defined as getting less sleep than we need to be our best. Beyond the tiredness, fogginess, and grumpiness we commonly note the next day, less-than-optimum sleep impairs focus, judgment, problem solving, and memory.
Here’s a fun fact: Abraham Lincoln didn’t go to law school. He independently studied the law, registered with the Sangamon County Court in Illinois and passed an oral examination by a panel of attorneys. He was then given his license to practice law.
In the lingering aftermath of the Great Recession, recent college graduates are having a tough time of it. As state aid for education has fallen, student loans have risen, leading to crippling levels of debt that has climbed to more than $29,000. Limited options after graduation in a tight job market only make this situation difficult.
A desire is anything we have wanted to do, have, or be. The distinction between desires and dreams has become as blurred as the difference between believing and knowing, looking and seeing, and hearing and listening. In the case of desires and dreams, they are actually worlds apart...
How important, if at all, is having more money for our happiness and well-being? Unsurprisingly this question stimulates a lot of opinion and debate. But are people accurate in their predictions about the benefits of having money?
Sequencing is the idea that the right steps at the right time get you where you want to go. Often, people understand where they are and know where they want to go, but the sequence of steps from here to there eludes them...
It’s often assumed that people are paid what they’re worth. According to this logic, minimum wage workers aren’t worth more than the $7.25 an hour they now receive. If they were worth more, they’d earn more. Any attempt to force employers to pay them more will only kill jobs.
Every belief system gives way to a greater one. Even science, which seems “solid,” is constantly casting aside old notions in favor of new ones. This does not make the system, the people who represent it, or related experiences wrong. It just makes them outdated. For you, at least.