Spirit of the New Workplace

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Have you ever participated in a Spirit of the New Workplace in-person class or seminar?
If yes, what year(s) did you participate in SNW?
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
What do you hope to get from this experience?
Community, personal fulfillment, professional enrichment, and a sense that the class was a "home run" for each participant.

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Zynga an SNW type place

Just read an article on FastCompany about Zynga, makers of Farmville, Mafia Wars, and other social networking games. From the interview, at least, it sounds like a Spirit of the New Workplace kind of place.


Posted on October 28, 2010 at 9:26am

Finding and living your calling


finished reading "Whistle While You Work" and got several tips to bring

into Spirit of the New Workplace next weekend. Would recommend it to

anyone seeking clarity on their "calling" and how it can come through

even in less than dream jobs.

I've mentioned Richard Lieder's work before, in the context of his "calling cards" exercise, but this was the first chance I'd had to read about that…

Posted on August 8, 2010 at 8:50am

Focus, focus, focus

Okay, last one, but if nothing else, I'll have these all in one easily accessible place: "Stop Multi-Tasking and Do One Thing at a Time."

Posted on July 5, 2010 at 4:09pm

"Time Blocking" technique

Yet another good article on time management and focusing on what matters: "Avoid Office Distractions with Time Blocking."

Posted on July 5, 2010 at 2:57pm

Build Better Meetings!


This article generated a lot of comments on the FastCompany site, which I have yet to wade through. But couldn't we all hold better meetings? "Unconventional Cures for… Continue

Posted on July 5, 2010 at 2:27pm

Comment Wall (10 comments)

At 1:47pm on September 13, 2007, Sarah Willits said…

My dog's name is Buzz . . also known by our neighbors as Buzz the "super soaker" because of his tendancy to drool everywhere! :)
At 2:02pm on September 13, 2007, Joe Harder said…
Very apt. Katrina, though not named for the hurricane, does destroy the house during thunderstorms unless she is medicated. I may try acupuncture for her next...
I like how you described what you were hoping to get from the SNW experience, btw.
At 3:54pm on September 13, 2007, Emily Holly Lange said…
Joe, I hope this website serves as a vehicle of interconnectnedness with everyone who recently took SNW at SCU. Like I said in class, there were a lot of great, funny, smart people in the room that I enjoyed listening to. This website is an opportunity for those who want to keep connected, and I will enjoy keeping up with those who do.
At 4:37pm on September 13, 2007, Bryan Haynes said…
Joe, I am indeed a Giants fan. I have been since my first game at the stick in 87 - best infield with Williams, Uribe, Thompson and my boy Will Clark.

In regards to work/life balance, I think this network will serve as a sounding board for advice. In other words, after all the sharing we did and realizations we had as a class - this network will hopefully prove to be a safe place to seek frank advice when work/life balance challenges emerge.
At 1:26am on September 14, 2007, Larry Dias said…
That is a good question. At the beginning of class i thought this would be a good place to share tips and seek advice on how to make work seem like its not work. We learned a lot from the class with case studies, sharing different experiences, and thinking differently. Now I'm thinking this would be a good sight to do all of the above and be also a social network to provide support, contacts, references, information about all kinds of stuff....

Also, I think the topic board is a good idea, update it with a new topic every once a week, once a month,,,or.... so that people can post their thoughts... I think a lot of the content that gets posted will be dependant on how much time a person has to play here. ;) papers and exams and real work tend to get in the way of the fun stuff. ;)

my 2 cents.
At 2:27am on September 14, 2007, eswar vandanapu said…
While I joined first, I am probably the last one to have seen it. To be honest, I have no plans to do anything here. I am however starting a blogging website internal to our company.

I have pasted a bunch of white papers on the front wall of my office, where people can draw the pictures of what is their perfect day. That was my first improvement after the class.

Thanks for the class though. I really like it, and I really appreciate your efforts.
At 2:09am on September 15, 2007, Jason Folk said…
Joe, her name is Charlotte and she turned 8months the day after our last class.

What's so funny about peace, love, and understanding? I keed!

Well, I think that since this class is comprised of hard working multitaskers who are probably paying huge Bay Area mortgages/rents while trying to balance work and family, I reckon there's some stress issues in all of us. At very least this will act as a sounding board for some of us to vent, whine, primal scream, etc. I'm hoping to use is as a job board if I ever decide to quit my current gig. :)
At 7:48pm on September 16, 2007, Courtney Laird said…
Jack says says woof to Katrina. He's 9 plus years old. Got him from the pound so his exact age is a mystery. Sort of like what my next job might be. Really enjoyed your class. Was hoping for something different and it definitely was that. Now if I can just find time for a yoga class.....
At 5:23pm on September 17, 2007, Jason Barton said…
Professor Harder,
I have though about this question a lot over the past week.What could the Spirit of the New Workplace web site provide for me and what could I give to it? How does SNW differ from other social web site (Linked In, Facebook, etc.).

I see the benefit of creating a network of people who have taken the course, but with the popularity of social network web sites how can this one provide enough value that I will put at the top of the list and come back to it regularly. The networked sites I use at work help me do my job better and resolve problems more quickly. The most important feature that I use are thediscussion boards and posted articles. I think it would be of value to apply these features to the Spirit of the New Work Place site as well. A discussion board to ask other members what success they have had applying certain tools or techniques as well as categorized articles on the same topics. I think this is an area where I might have some releventant information to contribute. Maybe case studies could be worked into some of your classes, especially if you have some that last longer than two weeks. Possible offer to post some students work as case studies?

Another feature that I would like would be tools to help me keep these lessons learned at the forefront of my mind. One thing I thought of was some way to write myself a letter like we did in class, but to do it online. Maybe an email to myself that won't be sent for three months. This might be getting more into the "life couch" arena than more of the Spirit of the New Workplace, but the consistent and long term application of these lessons learned is what I see as my biggest challenge.

Those are my thoughts at this point. I am sure I will have more.

At 12:15am on September 20, 2007, Sara Ludemann-Davis said…
i'd love to see a forum for discussions/questions on how "spirituality in the workplace" is going for everyone! Plus some tools that we can continue to apply everyday...I'm sure you've got more fun things to share than you brought to class :)

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