Awake At Work

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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August 2, 2016

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.

June 17, 2016

Here in this review of Fearless at WorkFrater Acher, a master schooled in the ancient arts of “divine magic”, explores the nuances of overcoming cowardice and living a noble and dignified life. 

Fearless at Work actually isn't a book about work. It's a book about cowardice. The kind of cowardice most of us comfortably have forgotten about, and to aid that process we conveniantly began to call it everyday life. It's the cowardice that masks itself as numb acceptance or bitter withdrawal, as grudging...

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June 8, 2016

In this Producer’s Pick excerpt from Sounds True, Michael explains how one can be far more successful at work by dropping affectations and acting from a more open and authentic sense of self. Sounds True producer Kriste Peoples commented, “According to [Michael]’s philosophy, the ability to let go of ‘you’ while focusing on others is what unfolds as courage at work. With time, we become skillful at it and, ultimately, powerful enough within ourselves to see the value in all positions—even those that seem challenging.”

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