How can we remain calm?

Because we live in a world fraught with disruptive situations and a host of related uncertainties, it is reasonable for us to experience various reactions of fear, anxiety and frustration. While we cannot avoid all unhappy circumstances, we can limit the extent to which we are emotionally impacted by the vicissitudes to which we are exposed by choosing to limit their power over us.
This can be accomplished by engaging in daily periods of quiet reflection during which we listen to the inner voice that becomes our source of calm and inner peace. By so doing, we move beyond the settings of discontinuity, because as spiritual being undergoing a human experience, we are able to live in the world, but not be of the world.
Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York. Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.

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New Beginnings

 

As we anticipate the new year, many of us are suffering from devastating experiences that may have created significant physical, financial and/or related challenges.  Given natural disasters, thousands have lost everything they possess, except their lives, and have no place to go nor no one to go to.

 

In such circumstances, it’s easy to focus on the nature of the condition and to feel a variety of negative emotions all associated with the experiences and with their unfortunate consequences.  However, we have the choice to believe that within the situation, no matter how bad, lies the seed of a blessing and if we are willing to focus on the blessing, it will appear in time. “Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.”

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman

Tis the Season

 

Are you jolly this holiday season? Or are you like so many who are mired down in memories or resentments of times past, and who may also be miserable and/or resentful of those who are jolly and who are enjoying this special time of year? A friend spent several years believing he could never enjoy Christmas again after his father died.

 

What a shame.  No deceased loved one or yuletide experience should ever be allowed to diminish your joy at a time specifically dedicated to celebrating peace or earth and good will toward all.  It is, after all, part of your heritage.

 

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.

 

Happy people are productive people

 

Is it surprising to learn that people work better when they are happy and feel good about themselves and others?  Is it any wonder that people are more productive when they are happy and feel respected by their employers, who they believe seek to provide the best and safest workplaces possible?  Is it logical to expect that the increased productivity of happy people results in increased profitability or some other desired outcome?

 

If all of this is true, why then do not most employers create workplace environments that encourage their people to enjoy and appreciate their places to work and the enjoyment they share with their workmates?  If we know these ideas to be true, why don’t the captains of industry understand how beneficial simple considerations can be to increase value many times over? If you know, please tell me.

 

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.

 

Be Yourself

 

“People come to me with all sorts of notions, e.g., should I shave my moustache or beard?  Should I die my graying hair?  I only lacked one semester, can’t I say I have a degree?

 

 

 

The collective answer is “no.”  What’s wrong with a neat beard or moustache?  You say, “But some people don’t like beards or moustaches.”  That’s true; however, some people are going to find something about anyone that they may choose not to like, whether it’s their age, race, or maybe just the way they part their hair. 

 

 

 

The key concept is to be what you are, because if you become committed to getting in front of people and building relationships, you will find people who like you for who you are and what you have to offer, irrespective of the aspects of your being that you may have become programmed to think are negative. Remember that temptation is the willingness to believe that we are less than we are.”

 

 

 

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.

 

Synchronicity

 

Synchronicity is a concept, first introduced by analytical psychologist Carl Jung, which holds that events are “meaningful coincidences” if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related.  While “living under grace” connotes the attainment of goals that are seemingly impossible, synchronicity connotes the attainment of goals never expected, yet are of extraordinary value.

 

We experience this phenomenon when we are in a state of spiritual consciousness, for as Jung said, “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”  Our inner nature is the source of the creativity that gives life the meaning we desire.

         Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York

Finding Fault

It is not uncommon for people to articulate their feelings of dismay about the behavioral characteristics of others, especially those with whom they have close, continuous contact. However, constant expressions of the perceived shortcomings of others can, in time, become chronic and as such may damage the relationships of all.

No one is without defects, behavioral or otherwise. Therefore, if one is eager to find faults in others, there will always be plenty of faults to find. However, in the words of an old song, “If you can’t say anything real nice, then not to talk at all is my advice.”

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How has the employer/employee relationship changed?

 

 

 

 

Work increasingly is being driven by a project orientation that requires short or finite time horizons.  While many organizations do have and have had such a basic structure, typically they have warehoused employees during periods of inactivity.

 

The implied contract between employer and employee reflects a practical understanding that neither is expected to make long-term commitments to the other.  When the relationship ends, the employee does not feel betrayed or ill-used and the employer recognizes a responsibility to aid of a financial and transitional nature.  Loyalty on the part of the employee is to his or her skills and the extent to which she or he is employable.  Loyalty to the organization is reinforced by the fact that the employer provides training and other resources that increase individual employability

 

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Living and Working in Flow

 

 

            When we are unconsciously competent with whatever we are doing, we are having the optimal experience in which we become one with the task or activity.  In this state, called flow, the joy or fulfillment is so great that we may lose track of time—Where has the day gone?

 

            In his book Flow, psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes this phenomenon and discusses steps toward enhancing the quality of life.  He has this to say, “If one learns to enjoy and find meaning in the on-going stream of experience, in the process of living itself, the burden of social controls automatically falls from one’s shoulders.”  This is true independence.   

 

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Who must the leader trust?

The first principle of leadership is trust; therefore, a true leader must be able to trust a staff or a team and also be able to help the team trust each other. Furthermore, it is imperative that the team trust the leader. To be trustworthy, the leader should become vulnerable and be willing to admit mistakes and demonstrate to the team that he/she, like us all, is imperfect and willing to learn from all sources and experiences, including from the team itself. Therefore, the leader must first be able to trust him or herself!
Command and control managers are, for the most part, unable to trust others because they can’t trust themselves. Their ability to operate from an organizational perspective is predicated primarily on their need to maintain the power to direct the activities of the team from a finite point of view. Such people tend to concern themselves only with the outcome, giving little considerable to how the objective is achieved.
Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, find Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to Find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York. Now in production, “Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life by Norman York.