From the monthly archives: December 2016

The end of the year is the time when many people begin to think of family and charitable giving. The Center on Philanthropy (COP) at Indiana University found about 24% of survey respondents said most of their annual giving is done between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

This may be because the Christmas season is thought […]

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Your New Glory Days

On December 27, 2016 By

Though I hate to keep digging up the past (think big hair and leotards), I need to address one more aspect of the good old days that should move to memory lane for good: our workouts.

I’ve heard it too many times. People try to do the same workouts they did in high school and […]

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Someone asked me recently what were the biggest challenges ahead in the HR world.  I spend a lot of time talking with those key figures in business–the people who manage the people–and at the moment I’d say there are three broad areas:

–The soft-skills gap in some younger workers.  Broadly, these are skills involving communications, collaboration, […]

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In “The Year of Magical Thinking,” Joan Didion eloquently describes how grief distorts thinking and creates thoughts that defy logic. She describes this process as “magical thinking.” I think some people approach moving with magical thinking as well.

In psychology, magical thinking refers to the belief that one’s thoughts can make things happen, or that […]

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Weight loss runs a lot deeper than “calories in, calories out.” Here’s a closer look at some common mistakes that people make in hopes of trimming down.

In my career, I’ve trained thousands of people to lose weight. What I have found is that when these people come to me, they have generally lived in […]

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Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern is now open, a celebration of the renowned sculptor who often found inspiration in ancient art and architecture, including Egyptian pyramids and Buddhist temples, Zen gardens and American Indian burial mounds. The nearly seventy-five objects in the show span the artist’s six-decade career and show his love of material, whether it’s natural […]

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On December 8, 2016 By

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

– Nelson Mandela (on Forgiveness)

Longitudinal studies in Alameda and Tecumseh, as well as in Scandinavia and Japan, have clearly established a relationship […]

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And I think it is important to understand why. No less than ten new books have been published in the last 18 months on the subject of how to find purpose, careers, re-imagine your late life years, and most recently disrupting the idea of aging. Everyone from television personality Jane Pauley to aging guru Dr. […]

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One of the most common misconceptions I come across as a retirement planner is how Social Security benefits are calculated. The confusion appears to result from thinking pension benefits and Social Security are determined the same way.

Many employers use some variation of the average annual earnings over five years. They often pick the highest […]

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