Posts Tagged ‘spirit at work’

Life Is Eager to Prove Your Limits False

October 21, 2010

Do not settle for a job that requires you to check your spirit at the door; your right livelihood calls for you to bring your whole self to the workplace. What does that look like? You speak and act authentically, and value your values more than your paycheck.

When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.
Betty Bender

If you are miserable in your current position, recognize that every job you ever had has (more…)

Spirit at Work

October 14, 2008

workplace-spirituality-mastheadBack in 1997, when “spirituality” was pretty much a taboo word in the workplace, I wrote this article for a Twin Cities business magazine.  An article like this may have been groundbreaking at the time but it’s nice to know that it would be fairly commonplace today. In fact, some of what I wrote fifteen years ago almost seems a bit quaint after all the progress that’s been made!


‘Spirit’ is a loaded word. Mix it into the dynamics of the workplace and all kinds of red flags spring up. Many businesspeople are immediately drawn to the concept, yet remain deeply suspicious of it.

Perhaps the best way to reconcile these conflicting emotions is simply to define what “spirit at work” really is. Enter Ellen Hufschmidt.

“It means having the courage to bring your whole self to the workplace, to act in accordance with your values and to act with integrity,” says Hufschmidt, an organizational development consultant in Minneapolis. “It means addressing any discrepancy between your values and the demands of work. That’s where it becomes truly difficult, being challenged in those moments of discrepancy. But that’s where spirit at work is. It’s in those moments.” (more…)