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We Create Our Own Stress

An excerpt from my dialogue with Paul McAleer on our podcast Designing Yourself, Episode #18: Under Pressure (originally aired July 24, 2014), with minimal editing for readability. I require deadlines. When I don’t have deadlines, and things are open-ended, they just don’t get done. When someone makes a request of me, even something totally benign [Keep Reading…]

Getting Ready to Change

An excerpt from my dialogue with Paul McAleer on our podcast Designing Yourself, Episode #16: Ready Set Go (originally aired July 1, 2014), with minimal editing for readability. Two weeks ago I was finally certified as a professional coach. I was in this yearlong certification program where I was trained to be a professional coach [Keep Reading…]

What to Show for My Success

An excerpt from my dialogue with Paul McAleer on our podcast Designing Yourself, Episode #15: Growing Up (originally aired May 30, 2014), with minimal editing for readability. We got rid of a lot of stuff when we left New York. We could only keep what fit in the Jeep. That was it. So it required [Keep Reading…]

Just Do Some Thing

An excerpt from my dialogue with Paul McAleer on our podcast Designing Yourself, Episode #14: The Breakthrough (originally aired May 23, 2014), with minimal editing for readability. [To Roz Duffy] So much of what you’re talking about is about trying and doing, which are actions that you take, as opposed to fear and anxiety, which [Keep Reading…]

Transforming Work into Life’s Work

An excerpt from my dialogue with Paul McAleer on our podcast Designing Yourself, Episode #13: Making Things Happen (originally aired May 7, 2014), with minimal editing for readability. It’s really too bad that we don’t have another word for this, because it ends up giving work a bad name. This precise thing, this feeling of [Keep Reading…]

User Experience, Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness at SAP

Last spring, Siva Sabaretnam, VP of User Experience at SAP, invited me to conceive a full-day event for the 100+ member UX team at SAP America, Inc. Palo Alto. I proposed that we focus on the role of emotional intelligence and mindfulness in user experience, and Siva adamantly agreed. With the pervasiveness of technology in [Keep Reading…]

What the Mind Alone Can Never Know

An excerpt from my dialogue with Paul McAleer on our podcast Designing Yourself, Episode #12: High on Life (originally aired April 7, 2014), with minimal editing for readability. “Your body language shapes who you are.” Amy Cuddy is a researcher, and she speaks with the science rhetoric. What her study found and the way she [Keep Reading…]