Is Arts and Crafts the Answer to AI and Automation?

The original anti-industrial movement may (again) give us some cues regarding the future of work.

The United Debacle, or, It Doesn’t Take Much to Be Loved

The reason we are so appalled by United going nuclear is that it happened in the one workplace we all share: the airplane seat. It could have happened to any of us.

What I Learned From Taking Part In A Silent Dinner

In a time when everyone's constantly talking and rudeness seems legitimate, silence is not only golden - it can be disruptive.
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Meryl Streep and the Power of Empathy at Work

Meryl Streep’s emotional speech at the Golden Globes holds some lessons for business leaders and our office cultures.

Is the "Right to Disconnect" a Human Right?

In France, employers can no longer demand workers stay tethered to their devices and answer email after work hours. Should this new law apply to the U.S. as well?

In These Turbulent, Divided Times, Lead With Beauty

In an age of machine-driven efficiency, we humans must nurture our unique ability to lead and work beautifully.

Dancing With Change

A conversation with Lorna Davis, Chief Manifesto Catalyst of food company Danone, about how to bring manifestos to life and why even Fortune 500 businesses are like families.

Art Thinking or The Importance of Inventing Point B

Business is too important to be left to business people. What if companies thought and acted more like artists?

What Stress Can Do for You

Without stress interrupting our comfort-seeking daily lives, we would live without leaps and peaks.

What Refugees Can Tell Us About The Future Of Work

We can learn from the refugee crisis in Europe to prepare for the looming mental health epidemic, as up to 50 percent of workers are expected to lose their job to automation.

What Anti-Cellulite Tights Taught Me About Selling

Selling gives us the permission to relate to others. A seller offers up a piece of him or herself in the process.

Will Virtual Reality Usher In A New Romantic Era At Work?

The advent of VR in the workplace will represent a new stage for the experience economy. HR departments must start hiring experience designers, writers, and storytellers; IT department must add some serious VR expertise; and team leaders and executives must become curators of experiences.

Gray Must Remain Our Sacred Space

Gray is the stance against a bipolar world, with extreme claims and exponential implications. Living in gray means living uncomfortably in the middle, but it also means living in tolerance and peace. It means commuting between two worlds and leading a double, a poetic life. It means being able to love, to feel everything but not know anything at all.

Don’t Let The Algorithm Become Your Rockstar!

What we need in our organizations are not smarter, more powerful algorithms, we need more true rock stars—visionaries and “misfits.”

Why Emoji Are Romantic and Belong in the Workplace

Providing a third place between corporate jargon and watercooler chit chat, emoji are a digital form of rebellion against protocol; they allow us to be safely vulnerable, and express ourselves in a more subtle but at the same time more primal way. They take us out of our heads and put us back into our hearts. They make our work lives more meaningful.

"To Give Our Work Lives Meaning"

Last year Brigid Schulte’s book, "Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time," was greeted with wide acclaim and bestseller status—and for good reason. Despite the technological amenities at our disposal, we feel more stretched than ever, clinging to the idea that we can find balance—even if we don’t know how exactly.

It’s Time For Our Culture Of Overwork To Be Over

We may talk a good game about how we want to achieve the ever-elusive work/life balance—but what do we do about it? How many of us approach it with the kind of profound urgency that marks the conundrums we attempt to solve at work? I had the chance recently to sit down with Brigid Schulte, author of "Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time."

What It Really Means To Humanize Work

Digital technologies have fomented a stressful culture of extreme connectivity, employee monitoring, and relentless efficiency pressures at work. Software is not only “eating the world,” it is also eating our spirits. And now the robots are coming....What can be done to unlock the future of the human workplace?
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Kindness Is Our Business

Small or big acts of kindness have become an outright trend both at the workplace and in customer experiences—and that’s a good thing!

How to Leave Your Company (On a Good Note)

The average employee will change jobs 11 times during a career. Here are a few suggestions for how we can begin to consecrate a professional transition. They can help you honor the institutional knowledge you’ve built up during your tenure, including the triumphs that thrilled you and the failures that stretched you.

The Brave New World of Connectional Intelligence

Connectional intelligence highlights an evolution that has been quietly taking place across workplaces all over the world—just like traditional intelligence is “out,” so is the old way of working. It’s a whole new world in more ways than one; there’s less emphasis on conventional hierarchies, more on reshaping office environments and workdays for improved collaboration.

The First 100 Days: Be A Stranger (As Long As You Can)!

When you start a new job, your story has already started before you walk through the office door for the first time. The beginning of your tenure is a great opportunity to capitalize on being an outsider and to make new mistakes.

Un-Track Yourself

Mood sensors, happiness meters, and socio-metric analyzers like Meeting Mediator that monitor social dynamics in meetings have arrived in the workplace and enhance our desire for perfecting our performance. But more numbers don’t necessarily lift us from a state of cheerful fulfillment. That last part is up to us.

9 Ways to be Happier at Work in 2015

This post proposes nine activities you can incorporate into your workday routine to give you more perspective, become a better problem-solver, and help you build the personal relationships that will keep you motivated. These activities won’t necessarily lead you to a greater rate of productivity (we aren’t robots) or total bliss, but I believe they will make you happier,
Thick Presence: Taking Collaboration One Step Further

Thick Presence: Taking Collaboration One Step Further

More and more companies are surrendering their traditional office set-ups, which have long included individual offices and cubicles farms, in favor of open floor plans, alternative workspaces, and flexible hours. They should take human interaction on-the-job even further, moving from minor, unplanned encounters to designing for deeper, more meaningful ones.
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Why Riding the Wave of Discomfort Is Good for You

We do our best to create cushy comfort zones for ourselves through the cars we drive, the homes we live in, and the places we work. But by resisting discomfort, we deny ourselves an important opportunity: the chance to shake ourselves out of our predictable perspectives and allow ourselves to make astute observations we could not possibly have made before.