Restoring light to the mind’s dark places

Robin Williams was not alone when it comes to experiencing the dark prison of the mind that plagues thousands of people every day. Whether it is prescription-induced, situational trauma or hormonal imbalance, our mental and biological systems often walk hand and hand into health and wellness or me…

The futurist: Growing dangers of technological unemployment

Whether its Tesla Motors announcing the creation of a fully automated battery factory; Intel buying the wearable tech company Basic Science; Apple buying Dr. Dre’s Beats Electronics; or Google’s purchase of Dropcam, Nest, and Skybox, the business world is forecasting the need for radically differe…

OneNeck IT Solutions

As a trusted advisor and business partner, OneNeck enables customers to be more agile, competitive and cost-efficient using the right technology.  OneNeck doesn’t simply supply it, but is also in an enviable position of being the first call for help by its customers, should something go wrong. The…

How to make the impossible possible

The head coach of a professional soccer team in a horrible slump asked me for help: “We have two weeks to turn this team around to have a shot at the playoffs. What can you do?” My initial thought was probably nothing; there wasn’t enough time. But the challenge was intriguing, so I said, “I don’t…

Calming the overactive mind

An overactive brain creates the perfect internal environment for breakdown and burnout because the repair systems of the body are deprived of their main job: restoration.  When your brain is constantly tied up in overactive thinking fueled by perceived threats in life: my manager doesn’t like me;…

Chef Laura: A very Brady dinner solution

What if a modern-day Alice does exist?  Someone who does all the menu planning, grocery shopping, and measuring.  Then they’d print out an easy-to-follow pictorial recipe, and deliver all of this to your house once a week.  Your contribution is a little elbow grease: some slicing and dicing, a qui…

Chef Laura: Down with upspeak!

On behalf of business women who would like to close the salary gap between the genders, please stop apologizing for your brilliant ideas. If women want to be taken seriously at work, they must drop the upspeak, the warm and fuzzies, and trailing off.  Ceasing these detrimental verbal habits is an…

Chef Laura: Take me out to the ball game

Last week, I gave a friend a ride to the Colorado Rockies’ Opening Day.  If I didn’t know any better, I thought we took a wrong turn and ended up in the French Quarter during Mardi Gras.  Aside from the absence of beads, purple-clad people were happily stumbling down Market Street. Navigating a ca…

Chef Laura: Consciously uncoupling

With the help of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, the phrase “Conscious Uncoupling”  has entered our lexicon. This term, created by author and psychotherapist Katharine Woodward Thomas is vying for word of the year for 2014.  Sorry “selfie” – you’re sooooo 2013. Conscious Uncoupling is the practi…

Fearless Leaders: Dumbfounded by the Dalai Lama

For more than 30 years, I’ve contemplated some of the teachings of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, the Dalai Lama. His statement on the purpose of life originally stunned me. I was listening to a cassette recording (that really dates me) of him speaking to about 400 psychologists and psychiatrists a…

Does your company have a dream?

If employees are even aware of their company’s vision, they often say they don’t understand it—in spite of the fact that most CEOs say that they have a clear vision and often talk it up to employees. Vision, along with mission and values, provide the road map that drives teamwork, engagement and p…

Chef Laura: Secrets of manipulative menus

Subconscious manipulation is all around us.  Most companies call this “marketing”.  One of the worst – or best? – offenders of subliminal marketing are restaurant menus. I don’t know if I’m breaking any rules of the SFSS (Secret Food Service Society), but I’m going to expose some subtle secrets so…

Chef Laura: Thorns and roses

Tomorrow over a romantic candlelight dinner, you might ask your honey “How was your day?” The typical response is “fine” or “good”. But if you really want to know how someone’s day went, ask them about their thorns and roses. My daughters and I play this “game” of sorts every night at the dinner t…

Getting high with Peyton Manning

Denver is more than a mile-high these days, and it’s not just a result of the new cannabis law! Broncomania is back with a vengeance. The Broncos have had a transformational year under the leadership of quarterback Peyton Manning, and for the first time since John Elway led the team, the Broncos a…

Chef Laura: “Omaha!” and flying fish

Admittedly – and perhaps a little late – I’ve recently climbed aboard the Broncos’ bandwagon.  Not enjoying native status, I’ve never owned clothing with the head of a white horse silkscreened across the chest, nor understood why that car dealer is always being interviewed about the team’s stats….

The perils of third-party IP policy shifts

A client recently gave me a head’s up about some new developments in YouTube’s Content ID System that was causing an uproar in the gaming community and with others who monetize their YouTube videos. The conflict stems from what appears to be over-aggressive actions on YouTube’s part to attempt to deal with copyright infringement on its service. While YouTube’s actions…