The Art of The Break

Burnout does not have to be the price of success in the workplace. There is an art in breaking from the norms for better ways of working together and many people are leading the way - at all levels. Join the conversations to inspire change in your work and for others; with mindfulness and resilience.
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Improving health and business through The Art of The Break. Conversations with inspiring people who are creating paths to better ways of working.

Jul 3, 2017

Andrew Silsby shares the secret to engagement for wellness and business.  It involves a tractor, a "dreadmill" and a few other ingredients for an award-winning wellness plan.

Andrew E. Silsby is President and CEO of Kennebec Savings Bank, a $900 million mutual banking organization headquartered in Augusta Maine.  Silsby started his career in banking as a summer teller in 1986 and joined Kennebec Savings Bank in 1993 where he steadily climbed the ranks to begin leading the organization as President in 2014.  The organization embarked on an effort to increase employee wellness by creating a multifaceted program to foster and encourage healthier living with its 121 employees.  Andrew sits down to discuss some of the lessons the organization learned over the past two years in making employee wellness a priority at Kennebec Savings Bank.

Apr 24, 2017

What if there was a simple and effective tool that could help children who suffer from trauma, kids who put too much pressure on themselves, those with special needs, and perhaps kids who have been bullied.  Something that could help the child while also helping the teacher.

Julie Campilio has created a simple and powerful solution and she has put it into practice for the past 10 years in schools, positively impacting students (3-18), teachers, and parents. (

Julie struggled with an anxiety and attention deficit disorder since she was a child. Yoga and mindfulness helped her overcome years of panic attacks and medication, so she founded Radiant Beginnings Yoga to help others focus naturally and manage stress in their own lives.

While teaching in 2008, she saw an immediate change in students who were having difficulty self-regulating and managing stress. Watching students shift from anxious, impulsive and unfocused to calm and focused is what drove her to share holistic self-coping strategies through yoga and mindfulness. She is using yoga and mindfulness strategies to increase focus, attention, self- awareness and self-regulation.

Quote from a young student:

“After recess, I was really mad at someone in here.  During the video, I looked over at that person and now I just feel calm.  I forgot why I was even mad at that person.”

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Apr 3, 2017

If you work with a phone or computer, chances are meetings are a regular part of your day.  Many people I work with attend meetings for 6 to 7 hours each day; particularly those with national and global companies. Nearly everyone I interviewed told me that the meetings they attend are not very effective and the work could be handled in a better way.

Several years ago, when working at a large global bank, I attended a training on better meetings which changed the way I manage meetings every day.  This simple process also gives me more time in each day.

In addition, I have included links to short, interactive tools to start your meetings better.  You can help people leave the stress from what they just came from and allow everyone to connect and be present for the meeting you are in. Plus, when you are known for starting meetings with an activity, people tend to show up on time.


Mar 20, 2017

Join us for an interesting discussion especially for developers, programmers, and tech workers.  This will also be of interest if you employ or work with technology experts.

For the business owner, breaks are about productivity; for an individual, it is about feeling better at the end of your day.  Are you filling your stress cup?  Listen to our discussion to learn 1 important thing to do every day.

John Moore has spent years in information technology, working with some of the largest companies in the world.  He loves being able to solve complex problems and bring greater value to people's lives.

He has overcome significant obstacles in his life and the hurdles of other's expectations.  As a shamanic practitioner, martial artist and someone who has lived in the world of business for decades, he understands what it means to walk in both worlds.

You can learn more about John at  He also writes a weekly column for  

Mar 13, 2017

My guest this week is Chris Kast who tells us how thirty, Type A+ brand media strategists and creative professionals find time to connect and engage at work.  Chris shares insights on employee empowerment with one of the busiest creative teams in Portland.

Their work includes Maine Magazine, Old Port Magazine, Maine Home & Design, Kennebunkport Festival, Love Maine Radio, and Maine Live, just to name a few.  Yet this group manages to connect with themselves and community; they support over 140 non-profits each year.

Chris Kast is the Brand Strategist of The Brand Company, owned by Maine Media Collective.  Learn more at - –

Mar 6, 2017

Join me with Monica Worline for an informative and compelling conversation on the importance of compassion in the workplace.  She talks about how fear can get in our way and gives us simple tools to demonstrate compassion in ways that are most meaningful. 

Did you know that practicing compassion at work is a successful business strategy? Compassionate workplaces have higher levels of service quality, increased retention of talented employees, better innovation, and collaboration.

Monica C. Worline, Ph.D., is founder and CEO of EnlivenWork, an organization that teaches businesses how to tap into courageous thinking, compassionate leadership, and curiosity to bring their best work to life. She is a research scientist at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education; Executive Director of CompassionLab, the world’s leading research collaboratory focused on compassion in the workplace; and co-author of Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power that Elevates People and Organizations.

Monica holds a lectureship at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and is affiliate faculty at the Center for Positive Organizations. She is an award-winning teacher who has also served on the faculties of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University; the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine; and the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine.

Join us for 100 Days of Awakening Compassion at Work:

You can also learn more about Monica Worline at

Feb 27, 2017

Laurie Mitchell, is AVP of Global Wellbeing and Health Management at Unum.  I have known of Laurie for over a decade and have admired her ability to create healthy work programs and benefits that actually improve health.  She talks about creating environments for employees that "make the healthiest choice the easiest choice," and works to support work/life integration for her employee population.  She also values a good night's sleep - music to my ears!  

Feb 13, 2017

What are the most positive management or work culture experiences from your career?  Join me in 6 short interviews to learn about their experiences.  I talk with Dan Sexton, Lauren Reid, Eli Dolloff, Gretchen Johnson, Laura Sprinkle, and Adrian Espinoza.

This is a great reminder that the smallest example in management can influence someone for a lifetime.

Feb 6, 2017

Join our discussion and learn how to apply mindfulness in the workplace.  Where else are you investing in an employee program with a 99.9% satisfaction rate?

Tara Healey is the founder and director of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Mind the Moment program. 

Tara initially joined Harvard Pilgrim as an health educator and organizational development professional in its HR department, a position which she occupied for over 20 years. She brought a mindfulness course to Harvard Pilgrim’s own staff members in 2006, long before mindfulness had hit the mainstream

Jan 30, 2017

Join Jessica Sinsheimer (Twitter: @jsinsheim)and Julie Kingsley(Twitter: @juliekingsley) as they share insights learned through their work as co-founders of There is no need to hate your Google Calendar or fight with your schedule. Learn tips to find balance in the world of writing and creative work. 

Jessica talks about creating macro impact with micro breaks and shares wisdom from one of her mentors. Julie has ideas to re-charge your perspective physically and mentally, while improving your productivity. Plus, you get to hear the story of how The Manuscript Academy was founded.

Jan 23, 2017

Join me in conversation with Dr. Glenn Cummings, President of the University of Southern Maine.  He talks about leading USM's efforts in becoming a Best Place to Work and ends our interview with a special story about Joshua Chamberlain.  He touches on Macro Accountability and Micro Freedoms; and holding Administration accountable. USM is embracing diversity, customer service (student satisfaction), and leadership training. Glenn shares his views on the difference between a manager and a leader and building employee loyalty through a little flexibility. 

Jan 16, 2017

Dave Perron, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine ( talks about the power of mentoring; a beautiful way to take a break.  With more organizations paying for employees to volunteer, being a mentor can change your life and theirs.  As the Executive Director of a successful and demanding non-profit, he also shares ideas to reward your employees and how to recharge yourself.

Jan 9, 2017

Special Episode: To share a few lessons and influencers from 2016; and set 2017 with intention.  We are on this journey to disrupt how many are working together.  Send me your ideas for 2017 at  Thank you for being part of this community! Elizabeth

Jan 2, 2017

What do 1,000 Employees have in common from CEO to laborer? Find out in a conversation with Francesca Gino, author of Sidetracked and the HBR Series: Rebel Talent. She shares surprising behavior observations, talks about how decisions get derailed, and how to be better in our work. Francesca is a behavioral scientist and a professor at Harvard Business School. You can learn more at


Dec 26, 2016

Learn how WTF improves workplace environments, employee experience, and productivity. We also discover CAMP, a valuable acronym that describes our inner needs at work. Join me in conversation with Lisa Whited, Owner of WTF, Workplace Transformation Facilitation.

Dec 16, 2016

Fabienne talks with us about managing a busy life and staying focused on The One Thing that matters most.  She weaves humor, energy, intuition, and love into a life filled with the essentials. Fabienne Raphael is an author, speaker, and CEO of Marketing To Crush Your Competitors. Learn more at

Dec 16, 2016

Dawn brings thoughtful strategy to reframing breaks in our day as opportunitiy.  Learn about thought habits, trust, and healthy responses to stressful environments.  She discusses the importance of pauses, questions, and curiosity, as well as fun 5 second awareness practices.  Dawn Kotzer is a Coach, Inner Wellness Guide and founder of The Mad Explorers Club. You can learn more about her work at


Dec 16, 2016

Launches Monday, December 19th.

In this episode I talk about how The Art of The Break begins.  We are working in increasingly stressful environments.  I believe we need to have conversations and join together to change our work habits and improve work environments.  Join me as we launch weekly discussions on this compelling topic. Leave a comment below or send private comments and questions, or recommendations for people to include on the show to