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Steve Longan

Steve Longan is Rewire's Director of Research & Program Development. He's passionate about leveraging psychology and communication to develop growing, healthy workplaces. He's at "peak zen" (his words) when he's in his music studio.
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Posts by Steve Longan

Using Pictures to Explain Work-life Balance

By Steve Longan |   Jun 04, 2018

If you’re reading this, you’re like a lot of people: interested in work-life balance and convinced that it can help you to lead a fuller, happier, more meaningful life. But do we understand what work-life balance is? Because, if we’re going to pursue work-life balance, it’s going to be important to know what it is. Otherwise, how will we know if we’re achieving it? 


It’s often easier to understand ideas through pictures, so we’ve put together a few graphics to illustrate what work-life balance is and what it’s not. We'll end this section by combining elements of a few of these pictures to give a useful definition of work-life balance.

 

5 Really Smart People Share Ideas to Improve Work-Life Balance

By Steve Longan |   May 30, 2018

As we've discussed before on The Wireboard, work-life balance is crucial to productivity, satisfaction with our work and overall health. But what are some innovative ways to think about work-life balance? And how can we start making changes to maintain or improve balance? 

 

Enter the following five talks from TED. Each one contains wonderful insights about the nature of work-life balance as well as cues for how to improve in this area. 

  

Four realities we must embrace to improve work-life balance

Nigel Marsh is the author of Fat, Forty and Fired. As he recounts in this talk, “I was eating too much. I was drinking too much. I was working too hard, and I was neglecting my family.” After making some radical changes to the way he approached work-life balance, and taking years to test his approaches, he’s come out on the other side with some wonderful observations and recommendations for improving work-life balance. 

 

 

 

Infographic: Why Work-Life Balance Is Difficult; Why We Need to Pursue Balance Anyway

By Steve Longan |   May 23, 2018

From "The Busy Person's Guide to Work-Life Balance:"

Mindfulness & Meditation Guide: A Rewire Ebook Resource

By Steve Longan |   May 15, 2018

If you've been reading our articles, or come to one of our workshops or gone through a corporate engagement with us, or just spent some time with any of us in Rewire, you'll know we practice and advocate for the use of mindfulness in work. 

It's Not How Good You Are Now, It's How Good You're Gonna' Be: The Role of Coaching in Improvement

By Steve Longan |   Apr 24, 2018

We've been sharing this video featuring Atul Gawande around the Rewire offices lately. And it's not just that he's a proponent of coaching to improve mindsets and outcomes in our work. It's that he's seeking to answer a question that is absolutely vital to the work we all do every day. The question is, "How do people improve in the face of complexity?" And for those who don't improve, how does that happen?

 

The Trait That Can Predict Job Satisfaction and Prevent Burnout

By Steve Longan |   Mar 20, 2018

Over the past month, we’ve been addressing the issue of burnout here on The Wireboard. We’ve looked at some of the symptoms of burnout as well as productive responses to address it. We’ve shared stories about professionals in the midst of burnout as well as those who’ve successfully come back from being burned-out. 

 

An Uplifting Picture of a Stilled Lizard Brain (Video)

By Steve Longan |   Aug 11, 2017

 

Vocational Wellness Is Key. Also, What's a "Vocation?"

By Steve Longan |   Apr 27, 2017

Welcome back to the Wellness Mini-Series! In this video, Steven Longan makes the case that vocational wellness is a vital part of growing our work. But, because we don’t often talk about “vocation,” Longan gives us a working definition to start.

How Definitions Shape the Trajectory of our Work

By Steve Longan |   Feb 03, 2017

I don’t think you have to be a “bad kid” to get in trouble a lot. You just have to be someone who doesn’t know when to shut up and stop arguing. Or how to tell the difference between the practical joke that just gives everyone a laugh and the practical joke that gets you suspended.

3 Reasons for Taking Short Breaks from Email (and how to start)

By Steve Longan |   Oct 14, 2016

People don’t always understand the profound importance of a given moment when they’re in it. And we can tell because of what they choose to say in that moment. So, for every Neil Armstrong (“That’s one small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind.”), we have an Alexander Graham Bell (“Mr. Watson, come here. I want you.”).

(Video) The Paradox of High-Performance Teams: Trust and Vulnerability

By Steve Longan |   May 04, 2016

In this week's Wireboard, I'd like to share deceptively simple video featuring Brené Brown that has profound implications for how we sustainably grow our own work, as well as the work we do with others. First, the video from Inc. Magazine:

Your Technology Is Working Against Your Productivity In One Specific Area. Let’s Rewire This!

By Steve Longan |   Mar 30, 2016

First off, let’s all appreciate the irony here. I used technology to compose this article. And unless you’ve hired an assistant to read the internet to you, you’re reading this article on some form of technology.

Rewire Your Commute and You Can Rewire Your Work

By Steve Longan |   Feb 24, 2016

A few months ago, Steve Scanlon wrote a great article/horror story on rewiring our thinking in the context of airline travel. Today I want to write about commuting by car and how it actually shapes the way we think and act once we arrive at our destination. In a few months, someone will probably write about the subway or trains, and then we can have our planes, trains and automobiles trifecta. In the meantime, let’s rewire how we commute!

It’s Friday! Here Are 3 Ways To Get More From The Weekend

By Steve Longan |   Jan 15, 2016

Ah….the weekend. Over 48 hours of possibilities and opportunities.  The chance to sleep, to get outdoors, to spend time with family and friends, to eat good food, to catch up on chores, to enjoy hobbies…

Venn Diagrams: Answering the Foundational Question of How “Work” & “Life” Are Related

By Steve Longan |   Nov 18, 2015

In today’s Wireboard article, I’d like to utilize one of my favorite teaching devices: the Venn diagram. Venn diagrams are a great way for simply illustrating various concepts and their relationships to one another. So, whenever I have an opportunity to explain something by using a Venn diagram, I’ll take it!

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