Jan 22, 2016
This is pretty much the look I get from men (and some women) when I talk about my pro bono passion, Women To Be (feminine hygiene kits for Nepal refugee camps). Just the other morning, when I was doing the “need pitch” to a group, the men were (for the most part) freaking out. They weren’t screaming out loud, but I saw the “EEK!” thought bubbles.
Jan 20, 2016
Yup. It’s still January 2016. Still time to work on your personal success and happiness projects for the year.
Yesterday, in the Trusted Advisors meeting, we talked about setting realistic goals. My wise, big brain colleague who was leading the discussion helped us focus on what we really want in 2016.
Which led to the “why” of what we’re doing. We were all scribbling away on old-fashioned paper (which is how I get my synapses going anyway, on any project.)
Here’s a reality check
Jan 18, 2016
Why I Taught Myself to Procrastinate. —Adam Grant, NYT 01/16/16.
I have no trouble procrastinating. Unlike Mr. Grant, I have a natural talent for it. Of course, there are different forms of procrastination; I prefer to think of mine as productive.
We think of procrastination as a curse. Over 80 percent of college students are plagued by procrastination, requiring epic all-nighters to finish papers and prepare for tests. Roughly 20 percent of adults report being chronic procrastinators. We can
Jan 15, 2016
Recently—on a cold, rainy night—as I was leaving Trader Joe’s, I was approached by a young man. He very carefully stayed about seven feet away from me and asked for my help. The story was he had stood up for a neighbor when a policeman was harassing her and was put in jail. He’d just gotten out after over 60 days and had lost his job and apartment. He had been “out “here all day, didn’t know what else to do!” and would appreciate anything so he could provide shelter for his family for the
Jan 12, 2016
Consider the ballpoint pen. John J. Loud patented a “rolling-pointed fountain marker” on October 30, 1888. Over the next 30 years, 350 similar patents were issued by the U.S. Patent Office. But none of these products appeared on the market. The idea was fine—they just couldn’t get the ink right. If it was too thin, the pen leaked. Too thick, the pen clogged. Eventually two French brothers solved the problem and licensed their patents, in 1950, to a Frenchman named Bich. He then took
Jan 11, 2016
“Positive Workplaces Are More Productive.” —Harvard Business Review
Once again, something we “all” know. And yet…many people still work in toxic environments—expected to put in long hours and take whatever the boss wants to dish out on any given day.
Perhaps if the Harvard Business Review says it, more companies will believe it.
Many businesses rely on a cut-throat culture to drive success—there’s no time to be nice.
But the costs over time are beginning to show: sick days,
Jan 08, 2016
My weekly Friday Do Good. Do Well post.
I’m currently reading Doing Good Better, How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make A Difference, by William MacAskill, the co-founder of The Effective Altruism Movement.
I picked it up at the library when the word “effective” caught my eye. That’s the trick isn’t it? I’ve watched volunteers almost literally crawl over each other looking for something, anything to do at a fundraiser; seen nonprofit staffs do redundant tasks (that yield few, if any
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