Reading the Business Environment

January 23, 2013

Successfully navigating today’s turbulent job and business environment requires that you study your world, that you develop an ever more sophisticated understanding of the river, both the river about you and the river before you. You have to study the business, the organization, and your place in each. You have to look out at the.. read more

Cultivate Exuberance

January 18, 2013

Permanent whitewater requires not only a positive spirit, but what Kay Redfield Jamison calls “exuberance.” Exuberance can appear anywhere. It manifests itself in persistent intensity. Anyone, anywhere can manifest it. For example, Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, a Vermont farmer, had a passion for photographing snowflakes and became the world’s foremost authority. Jamison writes, “Exuberance carries us.. read more

Relax? Now What?!

January 18, 2013

After finally adapting to the instantaneous change of the rapids, what do you do when you encounter a still period, that period of rest…at least relatively speaking? You suddenly find yourself not having to paddle quite so much. You take a deep breath, and then another. Somehow you find yourself in still water. How do.. read more

Becoming Resilient

January 18, 2013

In a turbulent environment, the challenges vary every day. They keep coming and changing. Some you handle more successfully than others. As a set, they require skill, flexibility, and resilience. Building and maintaining resilience turns on your tending to your mindset, body, and heart as well as to any warning signs that your resilience is.. read more

Taking Care of Your Health

January 18, 2013

Running a white water river involves pacing. One does not simply ‘run the river’. Try it and the river wins. One has to impose a manageable pace onto the river, one that includes finding and idling in eddies, even consciously ‘working the eddies’, namely moving down the river by going from eddy to eddy. In.. read more

Learn to be Optimistic

January 18, 2013

How you think affects how you feel, and how you feel has everything to do with most everything in your life: happiness, work, and love. You can train yourself to be happy. This is the power of positive psychology and learned optimism. Much of chapter four of my book Your Job Survival Guide: A Manual.. read more


January 18, 2013

We probably should officially retire our 20th century notions of retirement. Most of us will live considerably longer and healthier lives post retirement age (that’s the good news) and with increasing uncertainty about retirement funds, regardless of the source, including the federal government (that’s the not so good news). Our options therefore seem both enhanced.. read more

Establish Your Meaning of Life

January 18, 2013

Navigation at work, as in life overall, involves selecting one’s own stars by which to steer. Choices today include which river, when, how far, how fast, and with whom you will travel. Each of us defines the past, the present, and the future in the stream of our lives, and so, in part, we also.. read more

Determining Meaning and Shaping Legacy

January 18, 2013

While adaptability and flexibility are crucial to survive whitewater, direction and purpose give meaning to our lives. In a whitewater environment, your meaning and legacy might not come from the position you hold in a company. The position or the company might not exist tomorrow. You determine your own mythology, write your own story, and.. read more

Maneuverability Means Security

June 18, 2012

In whitewater, security comes from maneuverability.  Your safety derives from the ability to move quickly, change direction, and stay afloat. At work, this means regularly assess your interests, abilities, and skills. Do not RIP (Retire In Place). Recall Socrates’ admonition: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Like it or not, a permanent whitewater world pushes.. read more