Music or Noise?

We live in environments overloaded with information, stimulation and distraction.  It’s so easy to get lost in the alleyways of the information highway or sucked into distraction with various mental or physical stimulants.  There’s so much available to us it is simply overwhelming. There is a concept in of science and engineering called “signal to… Read More

Emergent Happiness

There’s an excellent post at The Good Vader by Julio Lara about the “Anatomy of a Happy Life.” He indicates freedom, variety and change are essential.  He talks of his personal experience and observations which I find correlate well with my own.  A few key points popped out at me including: not allowing our physical… Read More

Workplace Bullying

I wrote a post about bullying back in January centered about bullying in school.  The thing is bullying happens throughout our lives.  I was swapping stories with my spouse about work and reflected on bullying.  My wife is an engineer who is being placed in a management role within a highly competitive male-oriented environment.  She… Read More

Minding Our Leadership Gap

Last time we spoke of feedback through auditing, interviews, and the like.  Even going to the doctor is a form of feedback albeit less formal than audits or interviews.  However, I know some folks who are just as stressed out by doctors as interviews and audits.  We also spoke of the leadership gap between what… Read More

Our Behavior Begets Success

I recently had a parent teacher conference.  My eight year old daughter is doing well.  She improved from the first conference this year.  What struck me is a discussion we had with the teacher about behavior.  The list of behaviors of behaviors evaluated are: takes pride in work, works independently does neat work positive attitude… Read More

Bullies are a Gift

“Junior high was actually sort of hard because I got dumped by this group of girls.”  “They didn’t think I was cool or pretty enough, so they stopped talking to me.”  A year into her career, Taylor Swift returned to perform int he place where earlier she’d been mocked (and bullied) -and saw the girls… Read More