Going at the Speed of the Body

In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal was a story about chronobiology or what we use to call “circadian rhythms” relates to the 24 hour cycle our bodies experience and how our  internal clock drives a great deal of our behavior. While I am a big believer in our ability to address our behaviors, over the years I’ve developed a healthy respect for biology. Examples of how powerful this biological imperative is on our bodies include the facts that acid production peaks at nighttime to help digest our evening meal.  The morning sunlight mobilizes cortisol which is the stress hormone that readies us for the day and our body sends out a blood clotting chemical which is thought to have been helpful Read More

How is Your Work-Rest Balance?

Ten PM at night is usually bedtime for me but there I was at the manufacturing plant of one of my clients doing a presentation and discussion to 35 workers about finding a balance between work and rest. Part of their global wellness initiative on stress resilience, the plant manager asked me to speak to employees about stress issues that accompany working multiple 12 hour shifts from 5 PM to 5 AM and how you can find a balance between work and rest. I had all the relevant research ready for the employees along with my “cheat sheet”* of information that delineates a slew of remedies that can use to improve sleep—everything from light shielding drapes to eating bananas before Read More

Be Like Ryan

I just go back from my car place, Tower Auto, where the young guy I deal with was working on detailing my wife’s car until 10 PM last night. Now detailing is not his job. He is more of a service manager but he so enjoys helping his clients that he was willing to stay late to try to remove some stains that had developed on the outside of the car.  Ryan is really into cars and he loves working at this car place. They treat him well and he sees that he has a future where he can move up through the ranks. He does a lot of everything and enjoys it all. Ryan is fully engaged in his work. Read More

Karmic Resilience in Bean Town: Their Resilience Advantage

I have to admit I was rooting for Boston in the World Series. It may have been because the Cardinals defeated our Pirates in the ALDS or perhaps it was because my dentist, Dr Rob, is a raving Red Sox fan and I don’t want to get on his wrong side. But as I watched the celebrations the past few days, I recognized that I love a good resilience story and there wasn’t any better one yesterday than the team from BeanTown. Let me count them off…No home world series celebration since 1918, Big Poppi was batting over .700 in the series after they lost 96 games last year,  and even Neil Diamond made a comeback to sing Sweet Caroline Read More

The City of Bridges…Shut Down

There’s an old expression here in Pittsburgh about having to cross bridges or go through tunnels, both of which are central to the movement of people in town, which is “don’t do it!”. For the most part, its usually just a minor inconvenience, but yesterday at 5 PM after completing my day of consulting with my clients, I was ready to head home from East Liberty which is just a quick 10-15 minute drive across the Highland Park Bridge. As I got onto Washington Blvd, I couldn’t help notice that it was backup up all the way to Penn Ave about a three mile backup from the Bridge…oops I thought, I probably should go down Highland Ave…backed up there too…Negley…even Read More

Conflict…Yikes!

How would you handle this situation…. You and a business colleague agreed to work together for your mutual benefit. Your work and his work complimented each other and you both believed that you could help your clients and yourselves by cross referring some business. It is now 4 months after your agreement and you’ve referred three clients to this fellow that has resulted in $50,000 worth of business for them. But to date, your “colleague” has not referred a single person to you. You have a meeting this coming week and you want to have a further discussion about the arrangement…oh by the way…you are really pissed! This is the discussion several of my colleagues and I had at our Read More

One Amazing Trip

The flight back from Scotland was routine but the trip to Scotland was anything but routine. Sheila and I travelled with 15 other Interplayers (the improvisational art form we practice) from around the world and joined up with another 10 Scots for 2 weeks of workshops, trips to ancient islands and performances at the world’s largest arts festival, known as the Fringe Festival. We performed on the fringe of the Fringe appearing last Sunday at St. John’s Church in the heart of Edinburgh as part of the Just Festival that focuses on issues of social justice. Our performance called The Unbelievable Beauty of Being Human showed to a nearly full house and was wildly received by all in attendance. We’ve Read More