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How Unlearning Will Change Your Life

By David Harder on the March, 21, 2018

In a world where change grows every day, it is vitally important that we become athletic active learners. Over the last two decades, the acceleration of change has impacted each and every one of us. For many, the experience has been stressful and even damaging. New behaviors and outlooks are vitally important. We find them through curiosity and action, characteristics that are wise to develop in ourselves and our children. In other words, we commit to new learning all of the time. The payoff for this behavior is security. How different that is because during the Industrial Revolution we derived […]

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Self-Help – Built By Cheats, Charlatans & Used-Car Salesmen

By David Harder on the February, 13, 2018

When my first book was published, I had a struggle with my publisher because they wanted to put The Truth About Work into the self-help category. I don’t know one truly successful person who practices self help. In fact, when a talented individual tells me they are failing, it is usually because of isolation.   Self-help is a big industry. It is filled with brilliant and loving people. My literary agent Lisa Hagan specializes in self-help and you would never find someone with greater integrity, love, and smarts. But let’s begin by examining the definition. Are we marketing to a truth or […]

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Is Information Overload Making Us Nuts? It has for thousands of years.

By David Harder on the February, 2, 2018

People don’t run out of dreams – people just run out of time. Glenn Frey – The Eagles   In 1970, my hero, the brilliant futurist Alvin Toffler predicted that by the turn of the century, we would be in continual information overload. This has come to pass. Today, we consume 34 gigabytes of content or about 100,000 words of information per day. We encounter enough information to fill 174 newspapers. We tend to get overwhelmed but perhaps it is the quality of the information that is causing the stress. For example, the brain processes 400 Billion bits of information per […]


The Great Political Failure of Work

By David Harder on the January, 29, 2018

There has never been a more important time for the workers of America to discover the vast opportunities to make new and better livings. Today, it is easier to start a business, find the “dream job,” and to do work that is far more interesting. In fact, for many, doing so is a necessity.   Unfortunately, too many workers are not keeping up with change, which is directly linked to employee engagement and employability. The numbers speak for themselves. According to Gallup’s latest global survey, only 13% of the world’s workers are engaged. Last year, the New York Times published […]

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The Five Steps All of Us Use to Kill Off Change

By David Harder on the January, 20, 2018

Business media sends out articles every single day about the acceleration of change, about changing technology impacting each and every one of us. But, little is said about how to change ourselves.   Learning how to change ourselves is one of the single most valuable of life experiences. For many, the learning process is uncomfortable and perhaps even frightening. However, when an individual clearly defines her or his unique purpose in life, when they design that work that is meaningful, many finally have to motivation to change. More pointedly, if work is “just a job,” why deal with any discomfort? […]

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Tired of Mediocre Outcomes? The New Standard

By David Harder on the January, 15, 2018

In 1968, Robert F. Kennedy urged Americans to think about how we measure what makes a country great in new ways. He said the Gross National Product doesn’t measure the health of our children, the beauty of our poetry, our courage, our wisdom, or our compassion. He said, “It measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.”   Mr. Kennedy made these suggestions during the height of the industrial revolution. The irony is that the standards of how we judged and selected work were in direct opposition to his suggestions. We continue to be haunted by the standards […]

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Shattering the Business of Sexual Harassment

By David Harder on the January, 10, 2018

The phenomenon of transparency has led to a tectonic shift in how our culture responds to sexual harassment. For many of us, the surprisingly swift departures of CEOs, bankable celebrities, politicians and other big revenue makers indicate a tipping point. Why are actions like these so very new?   For many years, organizations have literally protected sexual harassment through settlements and non-disclosure agreements. Consider the message this sends to everyone. Time and time again, we have indicated that money is more important than human dignity or “doing the right thing.” It is time to shatter this practice and for any […]

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The Middle-Class is Not What We Are Losing

By David Harder on the December, 30, 2017

These days much is being made about the disappearance of our middle-class. Unfortunately, framing what is occurring as an economic issue distracts many of us from the real truth.We are not witnessing the elimination of the middle-class, we are eliminating task workers. This is a seismic shift so frightening that many of America’s underemployed workers resort to blaming others for the loss of this work. During this essential turning point in the world of work, it is time for all of us to learn how to change.   Let’s begin with the fact that advancing technology has always introduced new […]

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How Can Work Become Your Greatest Relationship?

By David Harder on the December, 26, 2017

When I launched Inspired Work in 1990, I didn’t have a particularly fulfilling relationship towards work. While I was financially successful, my work wasn’t particularly rewarding or meaningful. I believe this is the norm for many of us. In fact, many parents present a black-or-white approach to family career development by suggesting we can either make a good living and not love our work or love our work and not make a reasonable income.   Let us be clear, the remnants of the industrial revolution continue to haunt our culture. After all, it was a 300-year event that created an entire […]

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Why Goals Don’t Work

By David Harder on the November, 27, 2017

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.”              Ralph Waldo Emerson We are at that magic time of the year where we look to the past and make plans for the future. There is nothing wrong with that. However, it is wise to take a close look at the difference between goals and commitments. Humans have a wondrous capacity to play games with goals. Many years ago, I turned against them.   I spent much of my early professional life as a sales manager. I was a leader in three multi-national companies […]