Too many tasks, too little time. Stress that exhausts you so much you can’t sleep well or think well. Burnout.
Every work situation is filled with hard challenges like these– challenges that require much more than stress management or time management programs.
Fortunately, your spiritual self is a natural genius at stress release.
With practice, it can help you harness other resources like creativity and intuition to turn chaos into order, tension into relaxed focus. Continue reading
In 1976, I accidentally discovered that many workers keep spiritual items in their desks. While seeking correction fluid at one job, I found a book on Buddhism and a Bible. At another desk, an inspiring quote fell from an expense file. During hushed conversations, co-workers shared how they integrate spirit and work.
Today, many workers bring a variety of devotional items to work with such care that they create altars. Continue reading
The spirituality at work movement promotes the belief that all work ought to be done with integrity and purpose. How can that apply to marketing and public relations, when so many believe that marketing and PR are all about hype, manipulation, bragging and/or lies?
How easy it is to forget that each of us is endowed each of us with many talents and the drive to use these talents purposefully. We are called to use our talents, not bury them. We are also called to share good news, not hide our light under a bushel.
Because marketing and PR are necessary so people can see the products and services we offer, it’s time to give marketing and PR the same kind of loving attention we give our crafts and our most cherished clients. Or as our Hindu friends might say, do all work as it were being done for our beloved.
The number one place where visionary geniuses get their best ideas is in the bathroom. Einstein said he had some of his best ideas while shaving, but for most of us, it’s the shower that does it.
Think of it: there you are, divested of your usual social masks, so you’re not worrying so much about what others think. You’re just focused on coming clean. Continue reading
Without vision, we perish, or at least we get stuck with plans and agreements that negatively impact many but benefit only a few. That’s never been more true than it is in today’s political climate.
Rather than focus on all the things that are wrong and who’s to blame, let’s consider how we as an electorate inhibit our clarity about what matters and our visions of how to build a world that works for all of us. Today, it’s ever more critical that our vision of a great American is grounded in a vision of being one great nation among other great nations, equally called to heal our hurting planet and all who dwell upon it. Continue reading
Without vision, we perish, or at least we get stuck with plans and agreements that impact everyone but serve no one.
Prime example: the whole US Congress and our often spineless president, who have managed to lock us into a totally non-visionary plan aimed at avoiding default that in truth seems to make no-one but cable news pundits happy. And for these pundits the only happiness lies in the fodder it gives them for more ongoing commentary.
Now I know the Congress isn’t totally to blame for this mess. We’re all part of the culture that demands quick fixes and is addicted to fear, unfounded reporting, and blame. We’re all at least partially the creators of an economy that puts our undiscerning trust into things like forever increasing housing prices and the big gambling casino masquerading as the stock market instead of finding a better way to discern what’s truly valuable. Continue reading
I’ve always loved to watch the Olympics, both winter and summer. Being the empathetic type, I feel the excitement, nervousness, and exhilaration they must feel as they perform, as well as the joy or sadness from winning or not winning.
The Olympics are about so much more than winning or the feelings that go into it. Continue reading
“There are two main ways that people find meaning through work,” Elizabeth Doty told me in about 2001 while I was researching Work with Meaning, Work with Joy: Bringing Your Spirit to Any Job. “One is giving your gifts to the world through work that comes from some source in you, the kind of work that suits your talents and passions. There is also the process of finding meaning in any work by how you go about the practice of working. The latter idea excites me, because imagine how healthy our society would be if people did all work with a sense of meaning. ….[but] when people think they have to leave the corporate world to find meaning, the corporation becomes hollow.”
Since that interview, Elizabeth has written The Compromise Trap: How to Thrive at Work Without Selling Your Soul. The spirituality and work movements have grown along with a movement towards socially responsible business or conscious capitalism. Still, simple, compelling pictures of what it’s like to do ordinary work with meaning and joy are still fairly rare. That’s why I’m excited by the new TV show, “Undercover Boss,: which puts CEO’s into entry level jobs throughout their company, with a fake identity and a real quest to see what’s really happening. Continue reading
Flow is what happens when we are fully involved in what we are doing. We derive energy from this experience. Our creativity heightens, and we feel a sense of fulfillment.
Flow is the opposite of what happens when get stuck in problems that beget more problems. For me, the opposite of flow is like a downward spiral that can worsen when I respond to problems by getting in a bad mood. This irritates my family or colleagues, which makes me feel worse. My tension and irritability inhibits my ability to solve the original problems, because I can’t think clearly and make good decisions. When I relax and get back into the flow, however, I am actually more productive! Continue reading
According to our inner critics, we are not good enough, not smart enough, not accomplished enough, too old, too fat, etc. Sound familiar? I bet we could each add to this list.
Amazing how that inner critic can get in the way at work.
How often have we not spoken up at a meeting because we were afraid our idea or suggestion wasn’t worth it? How often have we delayed turning in a report because we were concerned it wasn’t good enough? Or how often have we not applied for a higher position in our organization or company because we didn’t think we were smart enough or experienced enough? Continue reading