The Atlas

Making head space for different results

The treadmill of day-to-day life absolutely begs for auto-pilot. After all, why on earth would you want to be present and attentive if you are spending an hour sitting in traffic or on public transportation to and from work every day? Mentally checking out or finding ways to distract yourself almost becomes self-preservation.

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Work, guard dogs and new friends

As kids we live in a world that is heavily weighted towards making friends. As adults, our world is very different. Is it really possible to make new friends as we age? And are there options other than work?

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Genetically suspending judgement

One of the things I am most fascinated by is the balance of nurture vs. nature, particularly how our genetics drive our behavior. The fact that science now attributes about half of our behavioral tendencies to biology has enormous implications on how we deal with our own strengths and weaknesses -- as well as other people's.

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Roles, trade-offs and self-care

We all play different roles in our lives. And most of our biggest internal conflicts arise when one role clashes with another. Recognizing that is what is happening and articulating that can be a powerful tool in teasing apart the conflict and finding a way forward.

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Searching versus Finding

Searching means having a goal, but finding means being free, being open and having no goal.

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You can't manage your career if you don't manage your message

When I used to find myself mentoring green, young professionals, one of the first premises I would always start with is the idea that actively managing their career was their #1 job.

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Colombia, numbing and the Cult of the Hustle

Breaking habits is hard. Especially ones that are reinforced in our professional subculture. Staying busy for the sake of busy is one of the ways we numb. In my attempt to cut it the hell out, I decided the best course of action was to move myself to a culture that doesn't reward it as much -- Medellin!

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All that glitters isn't a goal

My biggest security blanket in life is having a big, hairy audacious goal. Something I can focus on wholeheartedly, at the near exclusion of everything else, and charge at, full-steam-ahead.

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