Jan 23, 2014

Inside and Out: What Holds You Back in Your Work

Just when I started to build my freelance writing career back in the mid-1990s, I found out I was expecting our first child. Corporate clients didn’t seem keen on hiring a pregnant lady to write their brochures or newsletters—worried, perhaps, that I wouldn’t finish their project before the baby arrived...Read more +
Jan 22, 2014

How Your Need for Approval Can Hold You Back in Your Work

She wanted to sign up for volleyball this winter. Then again, she didn’t. I watched my daughter from across the kitchen table, while our waffles grew cold. The sign-up sheet and a ballpoint pen sat between us, next to the syrup bottle. “It would be fun— sooo much fun, Mom!”...Read more +
Jan 20, 2014

Community Post: When Your Comfort Zone Holds You Back in Your Work

EDITOR’S NOTE: This week at The High Calling, we’re focusing on "what holds you back in your work." Here on the Community page, several members of our diverse writing network offer their unique insights on the topic. An email arrived recently from a professional acquaintance. He was forwarding a job...
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Jan 12, 2014

Technology Head

The head of a large technology company felt nervous and stressed, but afraid to talk about it. If customers knew, he’d lose face. Employees must see his confidence, he thought. His peers couldn’t know—they were the competition. So behind a calm face, he lived in doubt. Drowning in fear, he...Read more +
Jan 8, 2014

Community Post: Ready for Spring

EDITOR’S NOTE: This week at The High Calling, we’re focusing on transitions in the workplace, home, and community . Here on the Community page, several members of our diverse writing network offer their unique insights on the topic. See, I am doing a new thing!
 Now it springs up; do...
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Jan 8, 2014

Negative Splitting

At the age of eight, Glenn Cunningham suffered terrible burns in a schoolhouse fire. Although his mother convinced the doctors not to amputate Glenn's legs, they said he would never walk again. Ten years later, however, Glenn was a runner. Eventually he developed the technique of negative splitting: running the...Read more +
Jan 7, 2014

Giving Your Family Leftovers

"Cat's in the Cradle" is a song about a busy father who keeps putting off being with his son until he finds the time. Years pass, and one day the son cannot find time for his father. My friend, Dave, told me about the moment his wife confronted him about...Read more +
Jan 7, 2014

Unwanted Transitions: Finding Normal after Loss

On Thanksgiving morning, I was chatting in my friend’s kitchen as she sautéed onions and celery for the dressing. We discussed which Pepperidge Farm stuffing mix to dump in—the cornbread or the savory white bread cubes. I live in cornbread dressing country now, but my people used white bread, Nickles...Read more +
Jan 1, 2014

Healthy Families Take Work: The Best of 2013 Family

“If your site is about faith and work, why do you talk so much about family?” This is a question we get a lot, and it comes out of our culture’s narrow definition of work. Too many people think work only means Dilbert and The Office and Homer Simpson eating...Read more +
Dec 27, 2013

Seven Ways to Lead People Older than You

I continue to be in a position where people older than me, with more experience than I have. When a person is older they likely have different needs and expectations from their leader and the organization. They may need different benefits, work schedules, and even leadership styles, depending on their...
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