Absolute Beginners

I was having lunch with a friend recently when our waitress finally approached with the menu. She apologized for keeping us waiting and I could see that she was clearly under some strain. “Tough day?” I said, trying to put her at ease. “Actually, it’s my first day,” she said, smiling nervously. “So I’m afraid you’ll have to bear with …

Excess Baggage

Last week, my siblings and I came together to clear out the home that we all grew up in, preparing to put it on the market. As children of the Great Depression, my parents threw nothing out. Every piece of rope, wire, nail or scrap metal had potential value in it. It took two dumpsters and seven of us an …

It's About The Bike

The Energy Project offers individuals a science-based approach to fueling sustainable personal energy. Last week I listened in on one of their free webinars hosted by Tony Schwartz, co-author of The Power of Full-Engagement. During the call, Tony shared some key principles by which we can cultivate absorbed focus in the face of incessant distractions. My daily routine is likely …

Suffering By Comparison

Yesterday I invited a friend of mine to dinner- a writer I adore and respect. But after speaking to her for twenty minutes what I saw was a bitter woman who was very disenchanted. “I have no skills and I feel like my life has been a waste. I haven’t accomplished anything worthwhile!” she confessed. Yet she is talented and …

Keys To Work-Life Balance

Maybe there was a time when the boundaries between work and home life were clear, but I don’t think anyone can remember when it was. Now, with portable technology keeping us permanently tethered to the workplace, those lines are becoming increasingly blurred. And the cost to our mental and physical health can be enormous. (As highlighted in my April newsletter). …

The Ten Commandments Of Email

Last Friday after turning on my Mac, I found over 175 e-mail messages waiting for me. Over time, I have developed my own system of dealing with the messages so that I don’t feel overwhelmed. But it takes constant work and vigilance to stay on top of the mail deluge. In 1999, Harvard Management ran an article setting forth “The …

Cherish Thyself

As a career and life and career coach, people will come to see me for all kinds of reasons. It is a privileged position to be in. They share their personal hopes and dreams, their business goals and aspirations. Sometimes people just need an ear to listen, or to feel they are not alone in what they are going through. …

Are You Headed For An Energy Crisis?

Last month I delivered a presentation at Morgan Stanley on the subject of “recharging your batteries.” In preparation for the topic, I reviewed The Power Of Full Engagement by Tony Schwartz and Jim Loehr. This book speaks to the idea of properly managing your energy – not your time – as the key to personal renewal and great performance. “Full …

Do You Hear Me?

Weather on the Ones, 24-hour cable news, talk radio, youtube, cell phones, the robotic thumbing of Blackberries – all around us is the relentless babble of words. While all this connectivity has certainly increased our output, it has also numbed our senses and shrunken our attention spans. In the process, it has robbed us of something vital. Sure, we may …

How Do You Live In The Balance?

Nearly every week, some updated food alert is issued by the news media. Never before have we been bombarded with so much information about what is bad/good for us. And yet, just as individuals vary tremendously, so do our nutritional needs – depending on your age, emotional state, the season and your physical environment. Linda Prout is the author of …