Tag: Career


Why We Live Where We Live

It’s hard to keep track of friends and relatives when they move around so much. My address book (when I still used one made of paper) was full of crossed-out addresses and phone numbers and email contacts. Now it’s the same problem on the electronic version: three phone numbers for one person, all tagged “home.” I don’t know which is the old and which has replaced it, or even if any of them is current. For me the underlying question, however, isn’t “Where are they now?”, but “Why aren’t they where they......

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Dealmaking, Filmmaking, Stargazing: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (August 17-21), we examined the introspective work you can embrace at this time of year, the practical skills that help you master the art of reinvention, the scrutiny our leaders invite when making attempts at peace, a cinematic reaction to the Michael Brown shooting and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Looking Up, and Looking In – Rachel Barenblat One recent night, a friend reminded me that the Perseid meteors were going to be visible. Late......

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Amazon's Toxic Workplace: Is a Fix Right on Our Doorstep?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Despite being a company that doesn’t actually net much profit, Amazon has grown to infiltrate the lives of millions of Americans, who rely on the online shopping portal regularly for goods delivered quickly to our offices and homes. As consumers, what can we do about the disturbing new flood of allegations about the toxic culture inside Jeff Bezos’ company? It’s only responsible to ask: “How do we navigate through radically innovative and novel business settings?” Watch my video below for more insight and discussion.......

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Reinvention as a Life Skill

Ask any group of people if they’re doing today what they thought they’d be doing when they started out. I begin every speech that way; occasionally, a few people in the audience raise their hands (very few). Almost everyone will readily admit that they’ve had to reinvent themselves, multiple times over, in their lives and careers. And yet, if you ask how they did it, or if formal education prepared them for reinvention, you get mostly blank stares. You hear answers like: I just did it because I had to. Most people......

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Coaching, Breaking Rules and More: Must-Read Links

Bringing you more wise insights published elsewhere – quoted here on The Wisdom Daily – our “must read” picks this week include an interview with an NFL trailblazer, a new take on Steve Jobs’ genius, smart tips for making the most of your workday, a funny rant about weak opinions, an in-depth analysis of guilt versus shame…and more.?Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. A New Playbook “Football was like a religion… I couldn’t possibly know what opportunities there could be. I had......

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Authenticity and Ambition: Four Steps to Nurturing Both

The experience of visiting one of the world’s most famous film festivals was as intense as I’d anticipated when I went to Cannes this spring for a Screen Actors Guild internship. Now, as I reflect on my visit, I realize that what can take your breath away in terms of flash and glare may actually shed light on something of greater importance: the challenge of not losing yourself in the whirlwind. The Cannes Film Festival felt like a long list you had to be on. The parties and screenings were speed-dating exchanges......

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Celebration, Innovation and Trees: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (June 22-26), we explored the value of Inside Out for people of all ages, the empowering choice to appreciate “the little things” in life, the book validating a wide range of personal faith journeys, the innovative rabbi breaking with tradition to serve his community and the historic national milestone celebrating the right to get married. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Wisdom on Games, Brains and Progress: Must-Read Links?- TWD Check out these insightful pieces about topics......

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Missing the Trees for the Forest

We’re all familiar with the expression about missing the forest for the trees, and its wisdom about not being distracted by smaller details that undermine our appreciation of the “big picture.” No doubt, that’s often good advice. After all, who among us hasn’t gotten bogged down in the details of a situation or a relationship, to the point that we lose touch with the larger purposes which give meaning to those very details? On the other hand… What about the wisdom that comes from attending to the “trees” even when the “forest”......

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Peace, Hands and Robots: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (June 8 – 12), we discussed Sheryl Sandberg’s reflections on grieving after sudden loss, technology and robotics continuing to eliminate jobs, hands and the meaningful memories they evoke, an antigay organization’s donation to a progressive philanthropy,?the moneymaking element of peacemaking and the influential preacher upset by a pro-adoption TV ad. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Wisdom on Kids, Music and Loss: Must-Read Links – TWD Whether or not you’ve grieved the loss of someone dear, Lean......

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Jobs That Sail Away for Good

You know the rhyme: “The butcher, the baker, the candle-stick maker, they all sailed out to sea…” Turns out, they won’t be out there alone: They’ll soon be joined by the bookkeeper, the ticket-taker and the telemarketer, with hundreds of other professions following in their wake. Our jobs are at risk, and so are we. Just check out this 2013 report from Oxford, and this “Will Your Job Be Done By a Machine?” tool on NPR’s website. They’re a reality check about the many jobs we may soon see computerized and/or automated......

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