Home is Where the Work Isn’t

Dear Reader, Do you work from home? When speaking with colleagues, almost all look forward to home-office days. Today, I had a unique opportunity to work from home. I learned a very valuable thing from this experience — I’m not a house person.  I’m probably an outlier when it comes to work style. For one, […]

Stressing about Stress

Dear Reader, How do you deal with stress? Actually, better question… do you deal with stress? Stress is real. It is your body’s emotional and physical response to tension. While some stress here and there is normal, chronic stress wears on your body like a disease. I was on the phone with my mom today. […]

Little Acts of Conflict

Dear Reader, What is your conflict orientation? I recently learned about 3 orientations to conflict: yielding (low assertiveness/high cooperativeness), problem solving (high assertiveness/high cooperativeness), and contending (high assertiveness/low cooperativeness). In short, those who have a “yielding” orientation are more likely to back down/ give in, those with a “problem-solving” orientation are more likely to pursue […]

New Old Places

Dear Reader, Have you ever lived in more than one area of the same city? I have had the pleasure of living in a few different places around Boston. Today, one of my jobs took me to Boston’s Fenway neighborhood (home of the Red Sox ball park). When I lived along Boston’s green line, I […]

You had to be there

Dear Reader, Have you ever tried to take a picture of the moon? Well, if you were using just a camera phone, you were probably left disappointed with the outcome. Pictures of the moon and many other moments in life are simply you-had-to-be-there moments. A you-had-to-be-there moment is often a great moment! Good, bad, or […]

A Little Help Doesn’t Hurt

Dear Reader, Is it hard for you to ask others for help? For some people, asking for help is not a problem at all. One of my colleagues is all too eager to ask for help. Sometimes in the middle of a conversation with him when a problem arises, he will pause the conversation to […]

Occupying Free Time

Dear Reader, If you were unexpectedly granted an evening free from work or commitments, how would you spend it? My guess is that how you consider this question is heavily influenced by whether you are more of a planner or more of a go-with-the-flow type — a type A or a type B. I am […]

Manic Monday

Dear Reader, Are you familiar with Murphy’s Law? If not, it’s the old adage that states — anything that can go wrong, will indeed go wrong. Of course, this is not a scientific fact, but when you’re having a bad day, it can sometimes be comforting to think that the events that transpired are not […]

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