How Are You Feeling?

Last week, my company, The Energy Project, held an offsite for our employees. On the second day, we brought in two outside facilitators to help us focus on how we work together. The facilitators had been trained in something called the "Sanctuary Model. " It was created by a psychiatrist named Sa. . .

Take Back Your Attention

As I sit down to write this blog, I'm facing a blank page. I know it's going to be difficult, because it always is. Maybe I'll just check my email first, or update on Facebook or Twitter, or read the morning headlines on The New York Times, or sneak a peak at Google Analytics, or read the comment. . .

What It Takes to Be a Great Employer

One of the primary definitions of the word "engagement" is "a hostile encounter; a battle. " Another is "a specific, often limited period of employment. "
In the corporate world, however, engagement has come to signify just the opposite: some blend of an employee's commitment, passion, focus, . . . 

The Exhilarating Power of Purpose

I had just woken up in a hotel in San Jose, California, last week and I was brushing my teeth when I suddenly felt a powerful wave of something I can only describe as joy. Perhaps oddly, it was about my work. I love what I do, virtually every aspect of it. That amazes me, because what I do is run. . .

A 90-Minute Plan for Personal Effectiveness

For nearly a decade now, I've begun my workdays by focusing for 90 minutes, uninterrupted, on the task I decide the night before is the most important one I'll face the following day. After 90 minutes, I take a break. To make this possible, I turn off my email while I'm working, close all wi. . .