life challenges

Jun 21

OfficeHours: Releasing The Need To Control

Pssst. Hey, you, Movie Star! That’s right. Every one of us is the star of our very own movie called “life”. We wander around all day in our own Truman Show. We ARE reality cinema! And as much as we…
Feb 27

Real Talk/Real Food: Childfree By Choice

In an era when more young women than ever, particularly professionals, are postponing parenthood for various reasons, others are opting out of having children altogether. Decades worth of studies show this trend to be on the rise, but too few…
Jan 18

OfficeHours: Being a Boss Without Being a B*tch

Do you worry about being perceived as a bitch at work? Do you want to become more assertive but worry about how others will perceive you? Are you interested in discovering ways to communicate firmly with candor and care? During…
Jan 15

Reframing Perfectionism: Three Steps Toward Being “Perfectly Human” at Work

Perfectionism is a condition, a trap, and a self-imposed state of shame that affects many of us, often unbeknownst to us. It also happens to be a consequence of inevitably coming up short when our expectations were unrealistic in the…
Jan 08

Perfectly Human: Evading The Trap of Perfectionism

The word “perfect” is a superlative. When it’s not being used to describe the ultimate in sophisticated cocktails— the Perfect Manhattan, it translates to “second to none, ideal, flawless, impeccable, the ultimate”. As such, the word can never (another superlative)…
Nov 28

Real Talk/Real Food: Creating Boundaries At Work

Are you typically overwhelmed with your workload? Silly question, I know. Who isn’t overwhelmed by their workload these days? Okay, here are some better questions: How much of the work you do fails to further your goals or the expectations…
Oct 19

OfficeHours: Retrain That Brain! Your Shortcuts To Executive Presence

The principles of executive presence focus on the importance of appearance, communication skills and gravitas. As such, there is nothing that makes or breaks your executive presence more quickly than your level of self-regulation. Think of those short-lived colleagues who…
Sep 12

Cracking The Kindness Code: The Quest To Define Self-Compassion

In our exploration of emotional intelligence, the big questions lately have been, “How do we develop compassion?”, and more specifically, “What is the magical ‘fourth step’ that bridges us from empathy to the mutually beneficial state of compassion?”. In a…
Aug 28

Reconsidering Empathy: A Look At The Neuroscience of Compassion

In our methodical exploration of empathy, which is one of the key components of emotional intelligence, we’ve distinguished empathy from sympathy, and we’ve considered ways to zoom out from our own life perspective in order to contemplate the countless other…
Jun 19

Real Talk/Real Food: Engaging in Difficult Conversations

Do you avoid having difficult conversations, or freeze up when you do? Have you looked back in regret about what you said or did not say during tough talks with your colleagues? Perhaps you’d like to have more effective tough…