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Common Humanity in the Workplace: Starting the Conversation

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Common Humanity in the Workplace: Starting the Conversation

By Faith Sanders, OWLS Staff. Regardless of where you work, your workplace can be a springboard for deepening the sense of common humanity in society-at-large. Are you practicing common humanity at work? Common Humanity is our understanding that many things connect us as a human race. Connection that transcends skin tone, geography, gender identity, values, religion, and socioeconomic status. In the workplace, the connection should also transcend job function, job level or management status, tenure or seniority, or anything else that may seemingly make us different. Embracing our common humanity – especially in the workplace – could help with many problems....

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The Future of Interpersonal Skill Training: Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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The Future of Interpersonal Skill Training: Artificial Intelligence (AI)

By Dr. Gale Lucas Will AI provide such training? As virtual role-players? Perhaps even more? From Futurists and Science Fiction writers to Computer Scientists and Engineers, people predict that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will play a big role in shaping our future.  Some play on our fears that these mechanical counterparts will take over many services and put people out of jobs.  Others believe that AI will help the workplace in many positive ways. To help on the more optimistic side, Google recently released their own principles and objectives for AI Applications, which I mention below. To start with, AI could...

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Real Talk from a Working Mom: Regain Your Sanity with Practical Advice

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Real Talk from a Working Mom:  Regain Your Sanity with Practical Advice

By Dr. Brittany Linde Working moms can benefit from letting go of perfection, asking for help, unwinding, and learning to say “No.”   You already have so much to do. You may be responsible for the cooking, the cleaning, the laundry. Maybe your partner does some of the household chores; maybe it takes some nagging to move things along. Maybe you’re financially stable and choose to work; maybe you’re struggling to make ends meet and are forced to work to pay the bills. If you’re lucky, you have family nearby to alleviate the need for costly childcare. If you’re not...

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Community: Heroes in Everyday Life

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Community: Heroes in Everyday Life

Community: Heroes in Everyday Life This article co-authored by OWLS staff (Brittany Linde and Gale Lucas)   Heroes stand up for others in their community. When a community member has an accident or gets into any other emergency situation, a hero rises to the occasion. Heroes have to overcome many factors that stand in the way of taking action in these situations. Beyond any fear to their own physical safely, there are many other psychological factors that can inhibit what psychologists term “bystander intervention.” First, if there is a crowd, or even just a couple of other bystanders, the hero...

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Which is more important for commitment: Safety or growth?

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Which is more important for commitment: Safety or growth?

Which is more important for commitment: Safety or growth? By Gale Lucas  Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans. ~ Peter F. Drucker Commitment is important to achieving success. We need to be committed to our career and our relationships if we want these to be realized. Many people have opinions about “the right mindset” that is needed for sustaining commitment, but few have considered what fundamental goals align best with maintaining commitment (to a career or significant other, for example). Researchers have identified two fundamental goals: the goal to be safe and responsible,...

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