Candor and dignity

by Shaun Kieran

Never once have I had a supervisor say to me something like, “I don’t give a hoot about my employee’s dignity.” Even the aggressively tone deaf ones know enough not to be intentionally guilty of such a fundamental faux pas. But it happens all the time. Why? It usually takes the form of an unplanned, […]

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Wilson on Dawkins on Religion

by Shaun Kieran

Here’s a link to David Sloan Wilson’s article in Skeptic that takes on Richard Dawkins about the origins and adaptive utility of religion. http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/07-07-04.html Skeptic is a regular “go to” site for me.

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Using the tools at hand

by Shaun Kieran

Despite the fact that virtually all employees and supervisors get some sort of “how to” orientation around utilizing a company’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), it’s striking how little the process is really understood and properly implemented. This is especially sad for frontline supervisors – who need all the help they can get. Line supervisors, more […]

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Quote

by Shaun Kieran

“The fastest way to succeed is to double your failure rate.” Thomas B. Watson, founder of IBM

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Humans at work

by Shaun Kieran

The two previous posts may seem to contradict each other – but I don’t think so. Workplaces have evolved in many positive ways since the “good old days,” some of it the result of organizational learning, and some of it due to better personnel policies. Still, any group of people coming together for 8 plus […]

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Positive workplace evolution

by Shaun Kieran

One of the positive changes I’ve seen in the workplace is ever increasing realism being brought to work issues and human problems. Whereas it used to be possible to adopt a workplace “persona” and stick with it, that simply doesn’t fly anymore. And pretending to be above it all, or shocked that personal problems actually […]

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Greg’s quote

by Shaun Kieran

This made me think of the And Furthermore Club: “what is meant by the ancient term /scholé/, which designates ‘school’ and ‘leisure’ at the same time. It means a refuge where discussion takes place, in total independence — that is, without the interference of practical goals. Rather, it is a zone of truth that is […]

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From EAP to Coaching

by Shaun Kieran

    I remember clearly when one of my favorite, most reliable providers, a PhD Psychologist, told me he was no longer taking therapy clients. It was the old story, but it snuck up on me. He was sick of managed care, paperwork, and clients not invested in the process. As I was barely absorbing […]

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Why Coaching

by Shaun Kieran

As an EAP counselor, I was constantly needing to find someone for my client to continue to talk to after our session limit had been reached. Sometimes it actually was necessary for them to go into psychotherapy, but often it wasn’t. Instead what they needed was an ongoing opportunity to talk to someone about how […]

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Opening comment

by Shaun Kieran

This blog is truly “under construction.” If all goes as hoped, it’ll become a place where a small group of smart, personable folks can all “hold forth” about the way the world is, the way we humans are, and where we can go from here. I haven’t yet actually seen much of what I’m hoping […]

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