In Praise of Generalists


Which are you: a generalist or a specialist? Generalists tend to know a little about a lot of things; specialists tend to know as much as possible about just a few things. I believe that we’re hard-wired to be one or the other. We either gravitate toward exploring many topics and integrating knowledge into a broad view of the world, or we gravitate toward exploring one topic we care passionately about until we become an expert.

Two Awesome Hours Part 2: Manage Your Energy


Josh Davis is the author of Two Awesome Hours  , a book that tackles the tough subject of how to get things done as a human being. We are incredibly efficient at things we evolved to do: move, eat, reproduce, survive an existential threat. Paperwork? Not so much. Our brains are not wired to sit … Continue reading Two Awesome Hours Part 2: Manage Your Energy

6 Podcasts for Today’s Female Professionals


A guest post by Marie Johnson, Contributing Author at Enlightened Digital The dreaded workplace commute: long hours spent driving from Point A to Point B, the same songs on the radio or playlist… It can be draining. Podcasts have emerged as a popular alternative to a boring daily commute. Most podcasts are comprised of a … Continue reading 6 Podcasts for Today’s Female Professionals

Your Stress Won’t Kill You – But your Attitude about it Might


Think about the last few weeks of your life. Have you been feeling stressed? Do you have a big event coming up that’s got you losing sleep or feeling panicked? We all feel stressed from time to time, but stress itself is not the enemy. Our beliefs about stress are the enemy.

Learning to Dance


Each conversation is a dance that we discover as it unfolds, with its own rhythm, flavor, flow. The pleasure we and our partners derive from this dance will depend in no small measure on how well we improvise, moment by moment, phrase by phrase, instinct by instinct. And yes— on how well we talk!

The Modern Administrative Assistant


Administrative Professionals Week fell this year on April 24. The modern admin assistant is tasked with a variety of important tasks, including data management, supervision, budget responsibilities, even hiring and training. Good riddance to the days when as Peggy Olsen, in Season One of  Mad Men, said, “He may act like he wants a secretary, but most of the time they’re looking for something between a mother and a waitress.”

Making Real Connections


Confession: I’m an extrovert who dislikes networking events. I like meeting new people, but I find making small talk tedious within a few minutes of arriving. Superficial chat exhausts me, and it’s rare to make a true connection at most business events or parties.

Give up Survival Skills for Living Skills


“A child comes to think of himself as the personality he gets recognition for or, in other words, as the set of patterns of action and habits of thought that get him out of childhood in one piece. That set, raised to adulthood, is what we are calling the calculating self.”

Young Workers: Set your Career on FIRE


Most of us think of retirement age as somewhere between 62 (Social Security eligibility) and 70 (mandatory retirement age for some professions, and the age when Social Security payments max out.) But a wave of young people have decide life is too short to spend 50 years of it working.