Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Would you help a co-worker by taking short pay?

When we assume that people are greedy and motivated only by money we devalue ourselves and our species. Just as scientists are discovering that animals are more empathetic than previously thought, we are also learning that survival depends as much on cooperation and communication as it does on being the fittest. So it shouldn't be surprising at all to learn how people reacted to the CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center when he wanted to discuss whether layoffs of lower level positions could be avoided by higher levels taking a paycut...

Isn't it time we stop telling ourselves we're less than we are and start creating a self-fulfilling prophesy by describing the best in us?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Take a break.... Please!

When you least think you can take a break - you probably need it most...

I recently got back from vacation and am still basking in the glow of increased productivity. My mind is clearer, my memory is back (mostly), and I'm just plain happier. It makes me wonder how we can make vacations mandatory.

And if you needed convincing... here's an article explaining why you need to plan your time off sooner rather than later, and that goes double in these wild times.

Start planning your vaction today!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Problem of Time

It is necessary to realize that technology itself is not the cause of our problem of [not having enough] time. Its influence on our lives is a result, not a cause -- the result of an unseen accelerating process taking place in ourselves, in our inner being. Whether we point to the effect of communication technology (such as e-mail) with its tyranny of instant communication; or to the computerization, and therefore the mentalization of so many human activities that previously required at least some participation of our physical presence; or to any of the other innumerable transformations of human life that are being brought about by the new technologies, the essential element to recognize is how much of what we call "progress" is accompanied by and measured by the fact that human beings need less and less conscious attention to perform their activities and lead their lives.

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