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

The New Mecca of Relaxation: Your Neighborhood Airport Terminal

All eyes turned up to the TV monitor at the Delta terminal this afternoon as the announcer started talking about travel stress.  It’s tough being a road warrior today. From the travel to the airport, through TSA screening and hoping that you board early enough to get you baggage in the overhead, flying is a long way from the elegant easy going bygone days before we had to worry about terrorists blowing up our planes. It’s been 14 years since flying was fun. Can we reclaim a little bit of it back? The story on the monitor began with soft relaxing music as the commentator walked leisurely down the hall, past rushed and harried passengers.  His excitement showed as he 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

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

Building A Good Head of Esteem

I was talking with the CEO of a small company recently who had just taken the reigns of the organization and was having some good initial success at turning this once troubled company around. As we discussed his work and professional issues, he confided in me that a big issue for him is related to his self-esteem. He often questions himself about whether he is making the right decisions and whether his decisions will actually work effectively enough to help the company. He wasn’t sure if this was common for CEOs and others and I reassured him that self-esteem issues represents an important aspect of what I address with my corporate consulting work. And it doesn’t surprise me since studies Read More

Bounce Forward

One of the first questions I ask when I am doing my Resilience Advantage Program is how people define “resilence”. I usually get a slew of words, one of which is almost always “bounce back”.  It makes sense. When faced with adversity, we want to get back to where we were. But what if we change the conversation and instead think about how we grow from that event so that we are moving forward after adversity so that we are bouncing forward. Just last week one of my cousins passed away. Bob is the first of my generation to pass and he fought a courageous battle against cancer before succumbing to that disease. We weren’t the closest of cousins but Read More

Please Don’t Endorse Me

For the past month or two, I’ve been getting endorsement emails from LinkedIn, telling me that Mark endorsed me as a coach or that Susan endorsed me as a strategic thinker. And when I log into my LinkedIn account, I’m offered an opportunity to reciprocate.“Does Mark know about leadership” (yes it say so on his LinkedIn description) or “Does Susan know about public relations” Duh, she heads up Susan’s Public Relations. I feel somewhat obligated to reciprocate since folks are being so kind to me and since LinkedIn has made it so darn simple to be an endorser, but I’ve decided that I don’t want to cheapen my own recommendation index by throwing out random “atta boys and girls” just Read More

Do You Overuse?

We all have our strengths, the things we do best. For some of us it may be that we are execeptional communicators or are great with numbers, or have an innate ability to see the big picture and are able to act on it with ease and effectiveness. But sometimes, we can become so reliant on strength that we may become dependent and overuse that skill to where it becomes a weakness. Like the runner who works to set new personal distance and time records, overusing a muscle can lead to all kinds of injuries that require time off and perhaps even finding a new way to run. Consider the senior executive I was working with recently who had a Read More

“Bonjour, Hello”

We were enjoying our holiday trip to Montreal but it was not without it hitches. Upon crossing the border we stopped off at an unstaffed “Welcome Centre” only to find that all the announcements were in French. Now suspecting that most people stopping off at the Centre would probably be visitors who might not be native Quebecians would lead one to think that publications would appeal to the language of visitors, but c’est la vie. However it was great to see that everywhere we went after my perfunctory, “bonjour” and “parlez-vous anglais”, we were able to engage in easily understood english so much so that I wanted to try out some of my college French only to be told that Read More