Health expert Amy Jo Martin , CEO of Digital Royalty , has learned to manage stress in her life. A little more than a year ago, she had 15 back-to-back meetings and was simply in "survival mode." A thoughtful colleague saw an 8-minute window in her calendar and scheduled her an "adult timeout," or a " Ready, Set, Pause. " She spent her 8 minutes relaxing and listening to a few songs. It helped her recharge, refresh and feel more productive. She now schedules a "Ready, Set, Pause" meeting daily—helping her stay calm and feel less stressed instantly.
Most importantly, advocates say the system needs a serious attitude shift. Rapping calls it “rewiring” the mindsets of prosecutors, judges, and even public defenders, many of whom “have come to accept that processing people through the system is okay.” Dawn Porter, the director of Gideon’s Army , a forthcoming HBO documentary about the public defense system, says fixing public defense requires addressing the “culture of indifference” it exemplifies. “The police will know a neighborhood and say this person did ‘something.’ So they’ll charge them with ‘something,'” Porter explains. “‘So what if so-and-so didn’t do this crime, they did something else.’ That’s not how our justice system is supposed to work. We have to encourage prosecutors, DAs, and judges to actually look at cases rather than just push people through the system and assume they’re all guilty and deserving of this. So money helps. But I don’t think money is the only answer: You also have to be interested in doing the right thing.”
Jon Gordon is a consultant, keynote speaker and the international best-selling author of The Energy Bus , The No Complaining Rule and Training Camp , all from Wiley. He and his books have been featured on CNN and on NBC’s Today show, as well as in Forbes, Fast Company, O, The Oprah Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Jon’s principles have been put to the test by NFL football teams and Fortune 500 companies alike. He has worked with such clients as the Atlanta Falcons, the PGA Tour, Northwestern Mutual, JPMorgan Chase, Campbell Soup and Publix Supermarkets. A graduate of Cornell University, he holds a master’s degree in teaching and works with numerous businesses, professional sports teams, schools, universities and nonprofit organizations.