Awake At Work

February 20, 2019

Tami Simon's in-depth audio podcast interviews with leading spiritual teachers and luminaries. Listen in as they explore their latest challenges and breakthroughs—the leading edge of their work.

In this epispde, Tami speaks to Michael Carroll about the relationship between sitting meditation and being able to be unbiased, courageous, and confident at work.  Listen here.

January 22, 2019

As modern-day Buddhists, many of us work in companies and we often love our work, our colleagues and our workplace culture. But ethically, we can be challenged by the harm some enterprises inflict on our planet. As Buddhists, how do we respect “right livelihood” and keep the jobs we enjoy?  

It is fitting in our pursuit of “right livelihood” to consider the harm that our employers may be causing our world. It is also equally fitting to recognize that our employers — whether pharmaceutical companies, banks, social media businesses, energy corporations — do tremendous good...

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December 6, 2018

Typically, when we feel oppressed by workplace tyrants, we struggle, and we try to comfort ourselves that we are not to blame.  Yet, the more we ponder the tyrant the more disturbing she seems to become.

Excerpted from Awake at Work.

 

People at work can be unusually irritating. For many reasons, we can find ourselves deeply offended or angry with colleagues: a co-worker who publicly accepts praise for a job well done by others; a condescending customer who never seems satisfied; a supplier who is full of polite excuses...

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November 14, 2018

Workplaces turn toxic when the emotions we bring to work go unappreciated, unmanaged and ignored. Too often, we may find ourselves chasing after “emotional trophies” at work where we are seeking false reassurance, bragging rights or, even worse, dominance over others. Here in this excerpt from "Fearless at Work” we learn these emotional trophies are almost always self-defeating.

Collecting emotional trophies at work can be a disastrous pre-occupation.  We may think that we are working to complete the project on time, make the sale...

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October 12, 2018

Promoting workplace candor requires psychological safety, no doubt, but it would be a mistake to misunderstand such “safety” as a form of false harmony or a substitute for courage. 

In his study Managerial Courage1, Harvey Hornstein concluded that seeking harmony in organizations, while worthy at times, is often is a primary killer of innovation, initiative, and creativity:

“What often emerges under the pressure to get along, be nice, and work and play well together is an uncontroversial package of rules about how to act and what to think, ...

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