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Energy Crisis in Law?

I know exactly what Arnie Herz is talking about in his fascinating post Energy Management for Lawyers, and I'm sure that many of you will recognize this scenario as well. Herz quotes from blogger Curt Rosengren, who writes:

"People who feel vibrant and alive because they're doing what they're meant to be doing are inherently energizing to be around." Rosengren dubs these people energy catalysts. On the flipside are the energy sappers [also known as energy vampires]. These "people who are dissatisfied with where their lives are taking them can be a drain, sucking the energy out of their surroundings" and the folks they interact with.

Many of us work with or interact with energy sappers -- and we don't even realize it.  As Herz writes:

Most of us go through the day without considering our own energy state. We know that we’re feeling put off, tired, overwhelmed and disheartened, but we don’t attribute those feelings to impaired energy. In a new Fast Company article called Is Your Boss Killing You? we learn more about the great havoc wreaked by workplace energy sappers. The piece leads off by citing study findings suggesting that “caustic, abrasive, and overbearing bosses just might be taking years off their employees' lives.” It goes on to offer expert views on ways people can avoid or re-route this energetic drain, such as “looking at pictures of their families, visualizing a beautiful vacation spot, or even trying to imagine a problematic situation as comical rather than stressful.”

One reason that I'm so enamoured of the lawyer blogging world is that it's full of positive energy people who invigorate. If you're feeling sapped by a  nasty  boss or a  complaining co-worker, try reading some blogs, because they're also a quick energy fix.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on July 19, 2006 at 07:18 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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