Promoting Personal and Professional Balance: Workplace Culture at CivicActions

By | March 11th, 2016|Categories: Balance, Culture|

At CivicActions, it’s not just about the bottom line: it’s about promoting happy and balanced individuals that make up a community where everyone feels safe, valued, and enjoys working and learning together.

An Open Dialogue on Work and Life in a Distributed Team

By | February 24th, 2016|Categories: Balance, Culture, How-To|

A group of us at CivicActions recently sat down to hold a frank discussion about life as part of a distributed team. What did each of us find?

Top 15 Take-Aways and Reflections from the Mindful Leadership Summit

By | November 25th, 2015|Categories: Balance, Events|Tags: |

Recently, Henry and I attended the Mindful Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. This three-day event was attended by more than 750 business leaders focused on cultivating self-awareness, compassion, and authenticity.

How to Use Balance Scores to Improve Velocity in Scrum

By | March 26th, 2015|Categories: Agile, Balance, Culture|

Over the last 2 years, we have found that sharing balance scores on a call only takes 5 seconds cumulatively for an entire team. We've also found that this simple one number check-in reduces anxiety for the person who shares, and for others on the team.

Infographic: 10 Steps to Mindfulness Meditation

By | March 10th, 2015|Categories: Balance, Culture, How-To|

Are you interested exploring a mindfulness meditation practice? This great infographic from the Garrison Institute is all you need to get started!

Mindful Engagement at Work and in Life

By | April 15th, 2013|Categories: Balance, Events|Tags: |

This 90 minute interactive session explored how to make our technological experience healthier and more productive through various approaches, tools and techniques.

The Balanced Workplace: Treadmill Desk, Laptop Edition

By | August 8th, 2012|Categories: Balance, Culture|

This is a picture of the laptop desk I created for my treadmill.  It involved a rectangle of 3/8" plywood (you can often get scrap odd cuts wherever they sell plywood), and several feet of 1x2 trim cut to create a hinged bar that props the desktop using the treadmil [...]

Ken Wilber And The Big Three Value Systems

By | July 28th, 2011|Categories: Balance, Culture|

In a recent post I outlined Ken Wilber’s quadrant theory, which I think is an incredibly helpful way of gaining a full picture of organizations and issue areas. While the quadrants describe the internal and external, individual and social frameworks we encounter in the world, Wilber also spends a lot [...]