I love the world of personal development, but too often I feel we are overly focused on productivity. To what end?
Productivity is just a tactic. There’s much more to life than just getting things done. To grow as humans, we need to foster our positive impact on each other.
Here are three articles to give you better skills, greater understanding, and — yes — more productive tactics to truly become a Better Human within your family, community, and world.
A guide to treating everyone who lives on your block with compassion
…I have a dilemma on my hands. It’s my job to take care of my resident’s complaints. But I also continue to empathize with the folks living on my street, in spite of their awful behavior.
My response starts from here: my neighbors might be awful, but they’re also essentially powerless. Their rudeness comes from their need to defend what little they have. And change has to come from the people who are more politically empowered — namely, their neighbors who can afford San Francisco’s insane rents.
But to change people’s minds, you have to begin from where they are. Arguing doesn’t work. So, this is my new, non-combative guide to becoming a friend to homeless people. Read more.
The time you spend with an aging parent could well extend their lives.
I knew she was losing her mental acuity, but I resisted stepping in, choosing to believe her claim that “everything was fine.”
When my mother ended up in the hospital with a fractured pelvis I realized that her mental confusion, her dementia, had contributed to the fall. I decided to take responsibility and do what was necessary: openly address the issue and care for my mother as best as I could. Here’s how I tackled the problem and what I’ve learned works best in caring for a relative with dementia. Read more.
There’s a framework for thinking about the world that I’ve used for a long time. It’s political, or rather, it originates from political research. But I think the model can be generalized to explain a lot of what happens in our lives, including what happens at our jobs.
You’ve probably been that person at work who invented a better mousetrap — “Hey, hey! This project is broken, why don’t we fix it by doing X?”
And then nothing happened.
The reason nothing happened is because you were speaking to people who didn’t share your view of the facts. They think the project is on track.
I’m going to explain what just happened using a political model. But the thing I want you to know is that this model also works for your job. You can use it to be a better leader. Read more.