September 1, 2015

Cynicism – The Price We All Pay

“Cynicism is an unproductive reaction to disappointment. It springs from the helplessness people feel when they are disappointed by others and allow themselves to become detached observers rather than active participants. It carries with it a sense of entitlement that says, “You have disappointed me therefore  my cynicism is justified.”        Jamie & Maren Showkeir  Have you become a cynic?  If so, […]
January 24, 2015

We Need New Models for Workplace Relationships – Part 1

I used to facilitate a three-day seminar I had co-developed for the American Management Association on conflict management. From San Francisco to New York, I heard an endless array of workplace “war stories” over five years.  One woman’s experience remains with me today.  (Sara) was distressed and sought out my advice at the end of the first day of the […]
April 3, 2014

Optimism ~ Radical Act or Magical Thinking?

Recently I discovered a quote that grabbed my attention. According to Alex Steffens, co-founder of WorldChanging.com, who was described in the New York Times as a “designing optimist,”  “Optimism is a political act.” If you’re spending time online these days, you may be caught between headlines like the upbeat promise to Break Free of Your Struggles in 2 Steps and […]
August 9, 2012

Positive vs. Negative Thinking: It Isn’t Either/Or

‘Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune.’ ~Walt Whitman Lately, the nature of positive thinking has been on my mind. Two weeks ago, I wrote about it in Redefining Optimism in the Face of Reality. Then, last Sunday, I came across this article, “The Power of Negative Thinking,” in the most emailed section of the New York Times. In […]