The tragic loss of comedian Robin Williams to an apparent suicide once again focuses our collective awareness on why people take their own lives and what we can do to prevent it. Roughly 40,000 Americans commit suicide each year, making it the 10th leading cause of death in our nation. Those 45 to 64 years…
Shooting incidents involving children have an intense emotional impact for many of us. We often feel horror and sympathy when innocent adults are murdered but when the victims are children, these reactions can be greatly amplified. Shock and Disbelief. “How could anyone kill an innocent child?” This question confounds many of us. Doing such a…
Knowing how employees approach goal setting can help managers promote increased productivity. Through observation, most managers can determine which goal-setting approach is most applicable with each of their reports. Designing work processes to synchronize with an individual’s goal-setting and motivational style is an effective way to enhance productivity.
Yoga — which combines physical postures, focused breathing, and meditation —strengthens the body, makes it more flexible, reduces stress, and enhances emotional resilience. It can also increase lung capacity and heart health, as well as improve overall physical fitness.
The brain, we are told, is not unlike a muscle. Use it or lose it. The disproven notion that there’s little one can do to offset the age-related decline of mental prowess has been supplanted with many claims for how to keep your gray matter in top shape. But the claims and facts don’t always mesh.
When you find yourself nodding off while at work, church or that interminable committee meeting, you may be more than tired or bored. Your brain may be telling you that it needs to shut down, even if just briefly, in order to be at its best.
Research into the causes of obesity continues to fuel the debate over “nature versus nurture,” and likely will for some time. Are some of us more prone to being overweight by virtue of our genetic heritage? Or does lifestyle, including diet and activity level, largely determine one’s girth? Well, on both counts . . . yes.
Let’s face it. Some of us succumb to road rage. We end up venting our over-the-top frustrations on some unfortunate soul. And others of us are victims of road rage, finding ourselves essentially being assaulted on the highway. Well, regardless of which side of this divide you fall on, experts have some advice to help keep things under control.
Survivors of disasters or traumatic events are at significant risk for developing such problems as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and substance abuse. To address this risk, organizations that have suffered a traumatic event often arrange for critical incident stress debriefings (CISD) for affected employees, hoping this short-term psychological intervention will prove helpful. But it’s not that simple.
A recent survey of frontline managers demonstrates a disturbing lack of self-doubt about their capacity to lead. In fact, 72% of the 1,100 managers surveyed indicate they have never questioned their ability to be an effective leader. While some may regard self-doubt as a liability, in moderation it helps motivate us to realistically assess our competencies and learn new skills.