Thursday, February 4, 2010

Maslows 19 Traits & the Unexamined Life

Just read a great article on Meryl Streep. This is a very flattering piece but is also talking about Maslow's 19 Traits. I remember when Streep was almost mocked because of the roles and accents she had to have. Then the world discovered her humor and comedic talent. Great piece and it even has something for us...

... and right behind that, another terrific article that we all can use. If I could make one change, all of these lists or models exclude something I truly believe in - planet consciousness. The earth - and all its inhabitants - not just humans. We are an integral part of the matrix - and to think we are exempt or "...

... and finally, a really good piece about character.

Socrates said it best: The unexamined life is not worth living.  Socrates is one of my true life heroes.  I soaked up his philosophy and beliefs, because they aligned so closely with my own and affirmed them. Let me ask you - do you know anyone who doesn't seek self-improvement?  Who can learn to be more humble - truly humble.  How many of us suffer from egoism? 

For me, I didn't have a "work personality" and the "home personality".  I was pretty much the same all the time.  That is why many of my colleagues know of my principals and passions... and can see how I integrated them into my life.  They didn't get checked at the corporate front door.

The last is really good for a self-examination checklist or word association exercise.  Enjoy.


The Uber-Connected Organization : Harvard Business Review article

HBR has a really interesting article talking about how companies can directly benefit by enabling their employees to participate in social media "passive connectivity".  In fact, it's even more than enabling - its accommodating.  The consensus is that the workforce that will replace Baby Boomers - will expect it.  "Has blocking Facebook today become the equivalent of denying an employee access to a phone at work 40 years ago, or email 20 years ago?".  I actually remember - quite vividly - corporate policy of no personal phone calls at work, unless it is an emergency.  The Millennial Generation will be almost half the workforce as early as 2014, so companies need to contemplate how they will (if not already) integrate this into their corporate planning.  "Those born between 1977 and 1997 - the ones you need to hire to replace the retiring boomers - are networked 24/7...".  To read the whole article, and reader comments, go to