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Whitney Hess
As a user experience and self-development coach, Whitney Hess helps business leaders mindfully and compassionately design their products, their organizations and themselves. She is the author of Pleasure & Pain and the co-host of Designing Yourself.

Whitney holds a Master in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University and will soon be a certified Integral Coach through New Ventures West. A native New Yorker, she now lives in San Diego, CA.

Entries by Whitney Hess

Three Key Ingredients to Giving Yourself Permission

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 11:37 AM

The thing about giving yourself permission is that it's a process. You don't just do it once and then live in freedom forever. You have to say Yes to yourself over, and over, and over again.

Every day, I coach people through the process of giving themselves permission. They got...

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We're All in the Same Boat

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 10:51 AM

Friend, I tell you this because I think you need to hear it:

You have to make yourself. We all do.

Everyone has to grind it out in places that don't get what we do or why it matters. Even the greats... especially the greats! But the ones who ultimately...

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Do You Give Yourself Permission?

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 6:42 AM

Whether you're my best friend or we've never even met, I know a secret about you: you're capable of more than you realize.

How can I be so sure? Because the 70+ people I've coached over the last 14 months have proven it to be true. Over and over and...

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10 Principles for Designing a Mindful and Compassionate Organization

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 12:25 PM

This week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be explaining to Congress why it has taken almost a decade to handle a recall of nearly 2.3 million vehicles with an ignition switch problem that is responsible for at least 13 fatalities. The Washington Post believes GM's epic fail...

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What Can Happen When You Mindfully and Compassionately Send Criticism or When You Don't

(4) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 1:48 AM

I wrote an email yesterday that I didn't want to have to write. After three weeks of back and forth with someone I hoped to hire for a project, her most recent response was a total bait-and-switch. Her proposal and the manner in which she delivered it was unprofessional and...

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