Intentional Productivity

Nov 13

Listening To Understand: A Socials Skills Staple Examined

The essential social skill of Listening is rarely mastered, even by those among us who pride ourselves on being great listeners. In my recent article, Chit-Chat Credentials: Sharpening Your Social Skills with Two Distinct Listening Styles, I offered what may…
Sep 26

A Well-Oiled Mind: How To Achieve Emotional Wellbeing Through Self-Compassion

Our recent look at self-compassion focused on tending to one’s mind— you know, that crucial piece of equipment we rely upon as knowledge workers yet inflict abuse upon without remorse. I must confess that I don’t think Kristin Neff was…
Sep 18

A Self-Compassion Primer: Mental Energy Maintenance Through Staying Present

You may have noticed that DRIVEN has been spending some serious time on the topic of self-compassion. Why, you may ask, is self-compassion so crucial to a professional’s success? The answer resides in neurochemistry. If you’re not kind to yourself,…
Dec 05

The Front Burner Effect: Finding Mental Resilience Through The Art of Scheduling

The precious commodity known as Mental Energy is responsible for keeping us optimally focused on our professional duties. But as you may have learned in my recent article Mastering Mental Resilience, this commodity is perpetually under threat unless we actively…
Nov 28

Mastering Mental Resilience: Energy’s Final Frontier

Grit and Resilience have been our focus topic for several months now. If you’ve been riding along with me on this exploration, I hope you’ve discovered the vital importance of spiritual, emotional and physical resilience in your career. Perhaps you’ve…
May 02

Getting Co-Creative: The Art of Becoming Mindful of Your Colleagues’ Emotions

Have you ever noticed that when you learn a new trendy word, you start hearing the word used all the time? A similar thing just happened to me with a car color. The VW Beetle now comes in a soothing…
Apr 18

Mindfulness Matters: The Nuts ‘N Bolts of Being In The Present

After reading my article Getting Engaged: How Being Mindful Of The Present Can Transform Your Career, have you taken note of how often you think about the past or worry about the future? One of its goals was to demonstrate…
Jan 03

My 2017 Word of the Year: It Will Make You Think AND Act!

Definition: Done on purpose; deliberate. Synonyms Include: deliberate (as in practice), calculated, conscious, intended, planned, meant, studied, willful, knowing, purposeful, premeditated, preplanned. It’s interesting that, when you reduce it down, my 2017 Word of the Year has a curious connection…
Dec 29

The 2016 Wrap-Up, Including DRIVEN’s Articles of The Year

In looking back at 2016, there’s no denying it was the Year of Energy at DRIVEN. Inspired by my own past dealings with energy crises and the related roadblocks, and more importantly my success in overcoming the subsequent spinouts and…
Dec 22

Scheduling Your Priorities: How A Simple Habit Can Revolutionize Your Productivity

Becoming mindful of time sinks….that is, all of those pesky workplace tasks, crises, interruptions and other distractions that compete with your capacity to get real work done….has been the focus of our recent article series exploring productivity. If you’ve been…