The Tao-Te-Ching is an ancient Chinese text, a guide on living a spiritual life. In this new WorkBytes weekly feature, we’ll attempt to apply each verse to our work-life. We hope to bring you inspiration and entertainment, plus something to chew on for the coming week.
Do you think that more knowledge will solve all your problems? Perhaps the answer is not in consuming but creating. Can you shift your ratio to create more, and consume less?
There is a power imbalance between corporate office workers and employers. Workers are being taken advantage of by large companies, job security has vanished, benefits shrinking, the workday expanding and our workspaces disappearing. But we all get paid, we have nice houses, we go on vacations, so we put up with this slow erosion of our humanity.
Are you eating lunch at your desk? Having a working lunch? What happened to the lunch break?
Have you ever felt drained of all energy by mid-day? Did you even notice that some days you feel energized at this same time of day, perhaps on weekends? Do you have particular activities, perhaps a particular meeting, that wears you out more than others? Let's take a look at how to preserve your battery life.
Have you ever worked in a place where new rules and edicts were enacted almost daily? How did that make you feel? What if instead of adding rules, they had spent that energy building trust? Would rulemaking become obsolete?
One of the principles of coaching is that “people are creative, resourceful and whole”. That’s a tough one for me. What’s lacking in people shouts at me, overshadowing everything else about them. Surely this stance is not serving me.
“Was that conference worth it?” Everything you do gives you some value. It’s worth it because you make it worth it. Let's talk about how to find the gems that are hidden everywhere.
Why do some organizations seem to be designed to frustrate employees? Why is there such a disconnect between what we intend and what we actually do? How can you reconcile these mismatches, and bring your stress way, way down?