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November 11, 2019

Someone in a mindfulness and emotional intelligence program of mine recently texted this question:

“Do you have any tips on how to unplug effectively?”

Some folks might find this question out of context— what does this have to do with mindfulness and emotional intelligence? Mindfulness will increase your awareness so you more clearly see what is actually ha...

November 1, 2019

Does your organization measure emotional intelligence? They should stop. There is one huge problem with these tests.

Dan Goleman defines emotional intelligence as the ability to be aware of one’s own emotions and the emotions of others, and use that information to better advance one’s goals. In any situation you are in, whether it is a meeting, a 1:1 conve...

October 23, 2019

You read an email and are compelled to immediately respond. So you type away, push send, and feel satisfaction. “I told them!”

Five seconds to five minutes later you have a sinking feeling in your stomach. Wait, what did I say? Unfortunately, you can go back and read it, and your worst thoughts are confirmed.

What happened here is that our emotions got the...

October 15, 2019

A lot of folks have asked about my journey to where I am now. How did I end up spreading mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and habit formation to the corporate world? This post attempts to answer that.

I am obsessed with getting people to change their underlying, moment by moment, behavior to find the fastest path to long term, sustainable happiness and...

October 3, 2019

If you haven’t heard, I’m breaking up with my smartphone. I’ve been in a toxic relationship for too long, and it is time to get out.

Contemplating the breakup gives me anxiety. Will I miss my phone? Do I underestimate how much I value convenience and overestimate how distracting it is? Deep breaths. I made a clear-headed decision last week, and now it is t...

September 26, 2019

Dear Phone,

It’s been 10 years. Yes, our relationship has a lot of history and even more momentum. We continue to grow closer each year. But momentum is no reason to keep a relationship going.

It is true—you give me so much. You connect me to friends. You tell me where I’m supposed to be and when, and even how to get there. You’re my source of all informati...

September 12, 2019

There are some days where I check email a lot. I get less work done and feel drained at the end of the day. Other days I check email infrequently, get a lot of work done, and feel great at the end.

So why is it so hard to stay out of my inbox?!

The problem that must of us run into is that we’ve unintentionally formed strong habits around checking email. Hab...

September 5, 2019

Video meetings are much more effective than conference calls. If you are not convinced, read the one trick to make conference calls more engaging.

Despite this, it is a real uphill battle to meet with people over video. The habit of using video is not yet engrained into a lot of corporate cultures.

If you want to meet over video, the onus is on you, the cal...

August 28, 2019

Time Magazine recently published a special edition called “The Power of Habits—start good ones, break bad ones, change your life.”

Time’s circulation means that lots of folks will read these articles, learn something, and improve their lives. The potential impact is huge... except they got habits all wrong.

Time made a classic mistake—the authors confused h...

August 21, 2019

Habit formation is all the rage these days. Books by James Clear and Nir Eyal. Workshops by BJ Fogg and Charles Duhigg. Blogs by John Doe and Andrew Wien.

You can learn about habits much more quickly, not by reading a book or watching a seminar, but by focusing on how your bad habits work, and reading the next 200 words.

Habits are formed through a habit lo...

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