Map Your Mind With SimpleMind

I just downloaded SimpleMind, a free mind mapping tool for quickly creating branched diagrams useful for laying out your thoughts in a more dynamic way than the traditional tabbed outline allows.

Screenshot of mind map of dad's wifi project

Use it to easily create a diagram of anything with multiple levels of association, such as jotting down and organizing the points to hit when writing about a complex topic, laying out the structure of a website, or in my case, mapping out the “project” of setting up wifi for my dad. He lives a couple hours away, so unless I want to be stuck giving tech support on the phone across English and Cantonese, I better get it right the first time!  Continue reading

Women Leaders: Lean In or Dig Deep?

Screenshot of Lean In audiobook playing on an iPhone screen.First off, thanks to The Women’s Place for this book recommendation, and for bringing me into the Staff Leadership Series with some of OSU’s best and brightest leaders. That said, I’m now curious how readers here at OSU feel about the book, Lean In, and also how you feel about bell hooks’ opposing review of it, published on the Feminist Wire. I’m posting this article mainly because I want to hear from you, so if you’ve read those two items, I would love to see your comment on this post.

I must confess, I have a quirky obsession with self improvement. I consume everything from leadership training and professional development blogs to documentaries and fitness programs. I read self help books for conditions I don’t even have Continue reading

Remember What’s Important in Life

Silhouette of man fishing at sunset.Thanks to Josh Botti (via Facebook) for posting this story:

There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village. As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish. The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?” The fisherman Continue reading

Buckeye Wellness Amazing Race: ODEE Style

AmazingRaceGroupTwo teams from ODEE joined 48 other teams to participate in the university’s annual Buckeye Wellness Amazing Race at Fred Beekman Park on Wednesday, April 15th. ODEE was represented by team W-E Double Hockey Sticks (Queenie Chow, Kevin Kula, Steve Lieb, Jen Simmons, and Jill Whitney) and team Cats of the Internet (Sam Craighead, Lauren Evans, Lauren’s twin sister Continue reading

Actually, Money Can Buy Happiness

Illustration of a man with a piggy bank for a brain.I listened to The Money Paradox over the weekend, and heard some really fascinating research on money and how we interact with it. There’s an hour of great content here, on how we use money like monkeys, how your mother language dictates the way you invest (or don’t), and even how you can in fact, buy happiness. So throw this on your speakers while you do some Spring cleaning around the house, then Continue reading

Want to be a Prezi Rep at OSU?

Just found out about this great opportunity for students; read more about the Ambassador Program on Prezi’s website! If you haven’t heard of Prezi, it’s like Powerpoint on a whole lot of steroids. Here’s a video showing some of the nuts and bolts of the program.

About the Ambassador Program: You will be directly involved in Continue reading

Unicorns, Hogwarts, and the Happiness Advantage at Work

Positivity has tremendous power. Set aside 12 minutes to watch this great TED talk by Shawn Achor on wellness, happiness, and productivity (and yes, unicorns):

Shawn’s message
Prepping for my first wellness blog, I needed to come to terms with my blogging style. As a psychology undergrad, Shawn’s message spoke to me on the power of the human mind. Positive psychology focuses on studying the exceptional in 

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Women in Technology March 13, 2014

A photo of fresh vegetables juxtaposed next to a photo of a videoconference roomI recently joined Women in Technology a.k.a. Witnet, a grass-roots group made up of women who work in a variety of technology-related jobs throughout the university community. The group meets once every two months, and I was granted the honor to organize the next couple of meetings! Taking advantage of my role as Continue reading

Gratitude and Health

As a manager, it’s my job not only to make sure my staff get paid on time, but to ensure our cohesiveness as a team and motivation to keep being awesome employees. As a friend, it’s easy to think that those around me know how much I appreciate them…and maybe they do, but what’s the harm in saying so? In fact, studies show it’ll make me healthier.

Two images. On left, a box of multicolored generic thank you cards. On right, three OSU themed cards.

According to Robert Emmons, Ph.D., professor of psychology at UC Davis and author of Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happierthose who practice grateful Continue reading

Getting To Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In

Two kids are arguing over an orange, so they diplomatically decide to split it in half. Both kids go home, satisfied that the deal was fair. One kid eats the orange and throws away the peel; the other uses the peel to bake a cake and throws away the orange. If they would have talked about the specifics of their needs, both kids could have essentially gone home with the whole orange.

Female child holding an orange over her right eye and smiling, juxtaposed next to the cover of the book Getting To Yes

That was just one of the many stories/examples you’ll find in Getting To Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In. As the book will attest, it’s not about winning the argument Continue reading