May 1, 2019

  Stress and Work-Life Balance During the question and answer at a recent workshop, a gentleman asked what he should do about his four-hour daily commute. Let’s call him Mr. Fourhour. Two hours each way to work. He felt that God had given him his job. The work was a good fit, the pay was excellent, and it seemed to be a platform for spiritual as well as professional impact. He also felt that he could not uproot his family and… Read more

May 1, 2019

  Ambiguity is causing you stress. Ambiguity is causing you stress at work. Not knowing is actually worse than knowing the worst.  I attribute this line of thinking to one of my mentors, Bobb Bheil, who was fond of saying “When you know all the facts, decisions become easy.” I know ambiguity causes stress. It causes me stress in my life and work, and it is causing you stress as well. We have done some research to identify the top… Read more

May 1, 2019

  VOCA, the company I lead, has been conducting research into sources of your stress at work.  In this post, we reveal the number one source of stress as reported by our poll takers. Prepare yourself to be underwhelmed. With almost 500 pieces of data in, the bottom line is not that surprising. The number one cause of stress at work is stress, that is, the overwhelming demands of the job. We are overwhelmed with seemingly equally important tasks, priorities,… Read more

March 7, 2019

Unprecedented stress! If you think your work is more and more defined by stress, you are not alone.  Knowledge@Wharton, the publishing platform for the famous business school, suggests we are living in an age of unprecedented work stress: “Global competition, downsizing and the constant state of being electronically tethered to the office are combining to create a perhaps unprecedented level of stress” (see Knowledge@Wharton, I have to imagine that trying to grow crops in a desert climate or fighting with… Read more

February 28, 2019

The Stress Question What to do?  What to do? What to do? What should you do with the stress you feel about work?   Slightly Helpful Answer #1: Learn to Be More Productive A widespread approach to work stress is productivity advice—learn how to focus better and organize your tasks; in other words, figure out how to keep up. Productivity is a slightly helpful answer. It is beneficial to learn proven ways to prioritize in a 24/7, always on, work-life reality…. Read more

February 21, 2019

  Here’s what I know about your work: Stress at work is common, normal, part of the game for you on the job. Stress at work seems to be increasing, and failing to manage it results in poor work performance, declining physical wellbeing, and depletion of your mental health. Here’s what I know about stress: Stress is responding to perceived threats in our work environment with a fight, flight, or freeze, reflex. One of the secrets to getting out ahead… Read more

February 11, 2019

I couldn’t sleep. So I got out of bed and went into the living room. It was 1 AM on a weeknight. We have a view of the Upper East Side of Manhattan from our living room windows. We can see the FDR expressway and the Queensboro Bridge. Even at 1, they are full of cars racing to somewhere. It’s a stirring scene but one I did not want to see.  The City may never sleep, but me, I was… Read more

December 27, 2018

10 Questions that will make your work better in 2019. You will likely spend 2,500 hours at work in 2019.  That’s just about as many hours as you’ll spend sleeping.  Use these questions to evaluate your 2018 and build a happy New Year at work in 2019 How did I positively impact people this past year? As much as we like to “win” at work, the force that keeps us engaged, motivated, and focused is having a positive impact on people…. Read more

October 24, 2018

Many of my friends, from their teens to their fifties, are still wrestling with the question: “What do I want to be when I grow up.”   There are a host of reasons for our collective angst about what type of work we should pursue. Alternatives: we are bombarded with teasers about different careers and approaches to work. Facebook, Indeed, and the Muse all feed FOMO (fear of missing out) when it comes to our careers. Disruption: technological and global economic forces… Read more

October 17, 2018

 “What do you want to be when you grow up?” This is the questions adults use to torment little children. What did you want to be when you grew up? I had a number of answers to that question:  Train engineer, fighter pilot, doctor, film director, and rock star are all on the list I remember. What if we changed the question? What if we replaced the word want, with a different concept? What if we asked:   What am I… Read more

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