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Recognize the Difference Between Counterfeit Power and Real Power

September 1, 2010
Recommended reading for really getting the most out of this exercise is Hanna Arendt’s essays on definitions of Power, Strength, Force, Authority, and the huge differences between them. You’ll be surprised at just how different they are. Building on the last exercise concerning conflicting/...

Back to Work? Not So Fast...

August 31, 2010
Consider a headline story in the New York Times from July 31, 1910, exactly one hundred years and one month ago: HOW LONG SHOULD A MAN’S VACATION BE? PRESIDENT TAFT SAYS EVERY ONE SHOULD HAVE THREE MONTHS. I’m not making this up. Three months! President Taft! The conservative Republican President...

But that’s impossible!

August 31, 2010
When I decided to leave my job of 25 years and move with my family to San Francisco, my husband told me he was going to talk with the Chair of his Board and resign a job he loved. I suggested an alternative. "Why don't you say, I am staying with the organization, but I'm moving to San Francisco?"...
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How to Avoid the No.1 Cause of "Death" in Your Organization - the Death of Motivation

August 31, 2010
How many times have you heard the advice, “keep your eye on the ball,” or “don’t look where you don’t want to go?” In every sport that uses a ball, it’s common knowledge that a singular point of concentration— the ball—is imperative to successfully hitting that mark. What happens when two different...

Work Life Policy: Pipedream or Practical?

August 31, 2010
Ms. Winegar knows this first hand as she has had the unique opportunity of witnessing work life culture from across the globe. She dishes on her thoughts on legislation, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the vagaries of enforcement and even the daddy issue – the pipedream of paternity leave on a regular basis as you’ll watch in this week’s WorkLife Nation episode.

US Women's Chamber of Commerce: Understanding the Needs of Working Women and Their Families

August 31, 2010
Work-life balance is often thought of in terms of flexible hours, telecommuting, and other important ways to modify the work place to make it more amenable to working women and men. Sometimes overlooked are the jobs in which low-wage workers tend to be concentrated – for example, the restaurant...
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At Last: A Win-Win for Employers and Employees

August 31, 2010
In the mid-90's the Ford Foundation sponsored cutting-edge research on work-life challenges. Fifteen years later, the outcomes of the three year project are more relevant than ever. Artemis Management Consultants spearheaded one of three projects supported by the Foundation. Barb Miller has written...

Help Create a Babies-at-Work World

August 31, 2010
The Parenting in the Workplace Institute ( PIWI ) has a vision of a world in which interacting with babies is just part of a regular day at the office. For nearly 150 confirmed businesses and more than 1,600 babies, this world is already a vivid and enchanting reality. Will you help our Institute...
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Organizational flexibility fosters employee creativity and commitment

August 31, 2010
Since 1996, I have been in business as an organizational and community development consultant. Even though it certainly has its challenges to be self-employed, I have never regretted it. Since then, I sleep better at night, I am much happier and creative at work, and I have enjoyed working on...

The Dignity of Work: Transforming the One-Size-Fits-All Workhouse into a Custom-Fit Workplace

August 31, 2010
The inefficiency of slavery is now obvious, but to George Washington it came as a revelation. While on a visit to Philadelphia, Washington noticed that free men there could do in “two or three days what would employ [his slaves] a month or more.” His explanation—that slaves had no chance “to...

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