Disrupting a Short-Cut: Understanding (Unintended) Bias

By: Kristin Backstrom Bias. Stereotyping. Ugly words, indeed. However, the positive aspects of bias play a valid role in our day-to-day lives that is, at best, under appreciated. Let’s take a moment to explore how the process of bias might have developed — along with a strategy to successfully disrupt negative bias and stereotyping at work. Through millions of years of adaptive evolution, our brains … Continue reading Disrupting a Short-Cut: Understanding (Unintended) Bias

Want to Simplify Your Life? Examine the “Myth of More”

“Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.” – George Bernard Shaw By: Alison Ellison What does the “Myth of More” look like to you? If you have you ever thought “more is better” or “two would be better than one?” — you’ve crossed into its territory. There is an undercurrent to our lives that more … Continue reading Want to Simplify Your Life? Examine the “Myth of More”

How You Start the Day Matters. Why Not Start with Art?

How we begin our day is a window to how it might unfold. If things begin on a rough note, the day is likely a tough one. If the day starts smoothly — well — things just seem to naturally sail along. Advice about eating a proper breakfast and exercise, is all well and good. (Research discussed here, explores how A.M. negativity can affect us … Continue reading How You Start the Day Matters. Why Not Start with Art?

Live Life at Your Own Speed (and No One Else’s)

I find myself wondering how social sharing impacts our lives. Endless highlight reels. Exotic vacations. It’s all well and good. Yet, how all of this affects our well being does weigh on my mind. We truly have to remind ourselves to seek our own best life — not someone else’s. The pressure to seek what another might seek, could become deafening. As an individual who … Continue reading Live Life at Your Own Speed (and No One Else’s)

Struggling to Connect? The Beatnik Movement Offers a Simple Clue

By Allison McClintick At 16, I began a love affair with the beatnik movement. Inspired by the ghosts of Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, my friends and I wandered unwashed around downtown Detroit with backpacks and Doc Martens. Nights filled with Henry Rollins, open mic poetry slams, exotic tea in dark, dirty coffee houses and Black & Tan’s in darker, dirtier bars than … Continue reading Struggling to Connect? The Beatnik Movement Offers a Simple Clue

Do We Complicate Things?

Visual: GapingVoid Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated – Confucius I’ve just spent the last 3 days researching the annoying horizontal lines that appeared on my computer monitor. I completed searches, visited a number of tech sites and read many, many suggestion on forums. I installed the updates that were recommended — and I cursed —  a lot. Finally, as … Continue reading Do We Complicate Things?

You Should Carry a Notebook

Throughout much of my career I’ve opted to carry a notebook. I suppose it is my own form of “idea GPS”. (Moments of clarity deserve to be recorded.) Notebooks have so much to offer, including a dose of balance to our ever-growing online lives. They are easy companions and can accompany you on business trips, vacations and rare moments of solitude. Other methods might prove … Continue reading You Should Carry a Notebook