Monthly Archives: January 2011
Everyone loves a good list. If you’re a blogger, you know that a good list will drive a good amount of traffic. However, there is still a couple of lists that hold significant interest and weight. FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work for is one of those lists.
One surprise this year was the number of healthcare companies that made the list. Twelve. Twelve healthcare companies made it. This got me thinking that with all the bad economic times and troubles in the world, can helping people mean more than money and perks.
I look up some research and found this interesting quote: “Happiness lies at the intersection between pleasure and meaning. Whether at work or at home, the goal is to engage in activities that are both personally significant and enjoyable.”
Looking at this list of companies whose employees speak highly of their workplace is inspirational and this year it seemed a little softer, healthier, happier. And that is a good thing.
Rhetoric is defined as the art of speaking or writing effectively. Sadly, it’s being recognized as a dark art this morning. The day after fatal shootings rocked the country after one of our politicians was hurt along with her constituents, the country is debating whether or not our frustrating political environment has lead to this tragedy.
You don’t have to be a professional communicator to know words carry weight. The words we use and the imagery we create with them are powerful. Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me…well maybe this time they did.
This is not a political post, rather a post on how we go about the political process. Civility, respect and confidence in our political process has been lost. At a time when congress has its lowest approval ratings ever, it is sad it will take the loss of innocent lives to make politicians think twice about the words they use. The positions they take and they chose to rally their constituents to support ideology.
Hopefully now we can stop invoking fear and machismo and start using sound-thinking and judgement and a little compromise. At least that’s what I’ll be praying for, along with Rep. Giffords, Christina Taylor Green and the 5 other dead and more injured.
It’s 2011 and it’s time for a new calendar to go on the wall, bowl games and resolutions. One thing that you should really consider leaving behind in 2010 is all the negativity. 2010 was hard. 2009 was harder. See, it gets better.
Negativity is one of those things that should be left in the past. It’s a challenge. Seek the opportunity in a task instead of pointing out what’s wrong with the approach. Seek resolution, instead of talking about the bad product.