Getting Through, Making Memories & Being the Grown-Up

You can’t change the world, but you can help shape the way your children experience this and remember it. And you will. You’re the person they need.   I’m not here to tell you what the “good thing” is about the coronavirus situation, because there is no good thing about a pandemic, not ever. That[…]

What Will It Take to Bridge Our Differences?

Here are some core insights from the GGSC’s virtual summit on dialogue and understanding across our differences.   We were supposed to meet face to face to talk about how Americans could bridge their differences.   But we couldn’t. COVID-19 prevented us from physically coming together. And so the staff of the Greater Good Science[…]

Building Relationships With Your Team: How Approachable Are You?

Do you ever get the impression that people are avoiding you?   Being approachable is key to building relationships with your colleagues, and to creating a strong team in which trust, confidence and ideas can flow. When you’re approachable, team members do not sit on or cover up problems. This means that they are able[…]

What to Do When Other People Aren’t Social Distancing

I was recently on our afternoon hike with my wife and kids, dutifully wearing our masks and observing social distancing guidelines. Suddenly a runner without a mask passed us from behind, huffing and puffing his breath cloud into our shared air as he came within two or three feet of us. I was irritated that[…]

Working in a Virtual Team

Using Technology to Communicate and Collaborate   Build a strong team, wherever you are. Marissa is a skilled professional who works as part of a virtual team. Her teammates are all highly competent, and she enjoys being part of a diverse and intelligent group. However, she finds the virtual side of her work challenging.  […]

The Health Consequences of Loneliness

Causes and Health Consequences of Feeling Lonely Loneliness is a universal human emotion that is both complex and unique to each individual. Because it has no single common cause, the prevention and treatment of this potentially damaging state of mind can vary dramatically.   For example, a lonely child who struggles to make friends at[…]

How to be a good listener

7 tips for better communication   We’ve all been taught to lead the conversation, but listening is the more powerful position.  Behold the power of a good listener.   When “Fleabag” star Phoebe Waller-Bridge recently tried to explain the obsession over the show’s break-out character — “Hot Priest,” played by actor Andrew Scott — she credited[…]