Category Archives: Work Well

10 tips for dealing with workday stress….

Good Reminders!!!Full post by Leona Harter….full post here


1. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

2. Slow down your pace.

3. Take a break.

4. Know and accept your limitations.

5. Don’t take on more than you can handle.

6. Talk to someone with whom you trust.

7. Practice healthy habits.

8. Become more relaxed.

9. Take a mental day off.

10. Leave work stress at work!

CEO = Chief Energy Officer…

A leader’s key role is to mobilize, excite, focus, inspire and constantly recharge the energy of those he or she leads. Read more from Tony Schwartz –

Briefly –

  • Let go of the urge to control – and give people more autonomy – their passion and dedication will likely surprise you!
  • Remind people how much you believe in them.
  • Give people what they need to get their job done.
  • Consistently keep people excited about their value.
  • Focus on key areas where you add value.
  • Empower others to exceed themselves.

Tame your stress…

Excellent article from Yoga Journal…The key to transforming your relationship to stress is to stop letting it overwhelm you. More and more people are discovering that mind-body practices such as yoga, qi gong, and meditation can be hugely helpful in shifting the way they react to stress. So how do you shift your perceptions so you no longer feel like one big rubber band about to snap? That’s where yoga and other mind-body approaches come in. Yoga teaches you to tune in to what your body is telling you and to act accordingly. Full blog post here.

Would a meeting be worthwhile if we simply strengthened our relationship?

Would a meeting be worthwhile if we learned something of value? Suppose in a meeting we simply stated our requests of each other and what we were willing to offer each other. Would that justify our time together? Or, in the gathering, what if we only discussed the gifts we wanted to bring to bear on the concern that brought us together. Would that be an outcome of value?” – Peter Block

How to Lower Your Workplace Stress…

I read this WSJ article by Ruth Mantell and thought our Cultivating readership would enjoy!

Briefly, when you are in a slump:

  1. Focus your attention on encouraging your teammates.
  2. Work to find meaning in your tasks.
  3. Gain a healthy perspective about your work.
  4. Look at “challenges” not “problems”.

It’s not just the number of hours we sit at a desk that determines the value we generate…

It’s the energy we bring to the hours we work. Human beings are designed to pulse rhythmically between spending and renewing energy. That’s how we operate at our best. Maintaining a steady reservoir of energy — physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually — requires refueling it intermittently.

See: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less by Tony Schwartz

Be a Guide in Someone’s Life…

“Schools should be the most joyful places in the world because, you know, learning is the greatest joy. To learn something is fantastic because every time you learn something you become something new. You can’t learn anything without having to readjust everything that you are around the new thing that you’ve learned.” Living, Loving & Learning by Leo Buscaglia…

I picked up this book in a thrift store the other day and can’t seem to put it down – what an amazing guy – so thoughtful. If you are a teacher (of any kind) I inspire you to find a copy of this book or others written by Buscaglia. He goes on to say, “We are failing in schools of education because we’re not helping teachers to shed their role as teacher and become human beings and to realize that teachers are guides.” Kids don’t relate to “teachers” – kids relate to human beings and guides.

He further explains, “I see everyone as being a unique individual, having within himself and X factor, for want of a better name. Something within you that is only yours, that is different from everybody else, that causes you to see differently, to feel differently, to react differently. I believe that each of us has this and I only hope that you’ve been fortunate to have met someone along the line who’s helped you develop it. Because maybe the essence of education is not to stuff you with facts but to help you to discover your uniqueness, to teach you how to develop it, and then to show you how to give it away.”

Additionally, “…my responsibility to me it to make myself enormous, full of knowledge, full of love, full of understanding, full of experience, full of everything so that I (as teacher/guide) can give it to you and then you can take it and build from there.”

He has inspired me to work even harder on seeing people, really knowing people, recognizing people, enjoying each person – as they are.

The primary value exchange between most employers and employees today is time for money…

It’s a thin, one-dimensional transaction. Each side tries to get as much of the other’s resources as possible, but neither gets what it really wants. No amount of money employers pay for our time will ever be sufficient to meet all of our multidimensional needs. It’s only when employers encourage and support us in meeting these needs that we can cultivate the energy, engagement, focus, creativity, and passion that fuel great performance  –  Author Tony Schwartz, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working

How are you responding to and supporting your employees multidimensional needs in ways that fuel great performance? Are you employed in an organization where you feel highly supported across all aspects of your life? I’d love to hear from you…