October 24, 2018

There are a lot of different ways to do leadership. The arena is vast and diverse. Hitler and Mother Teresa are both leaders. Presidents and mothers. Elementary teachers and elementary students. When the world talks about leadership, we are usually thinking about positional leadership. Titles. Authority placed on us by position. But this is the least effective way to lead. Positional leadership can be an entry point for leaders. It isn’t the only one, but it is the most travelled path…. Read more

October 22, 2018

The world is a diverse and complicated place full of diverse and complicated people. We know that we can’t live without one another. Loneliness is widely considered one of the most tragic of human conditions. Solitary confinement is our harshest punishment (apart from the death penalty). And yet, we also can’t seem to live with one another either. There is hate and prejudice. There is ignorance and isolation. How do we redeem our lost sense of community? What went wrong… Read more

October 19, 2018

It’s hard to know what to do. Even when we figure it out, it is hard to stay motivated to do it. And even if we do it, it is hard to know if what we’ve done mattered at all (therefore, it is hard to keep doing it). Thus is the human journey of goal setting. We struggle with planning, motivation, and follow-through. And those are just the big ones. The tide of complacency comes at us like a tsunami,… Read more

October 17, 2018

I’m sitting in a Brooklyn coffee shop today. It is a typical place. Trendy; busy. Chalkboard paint on the walls. Wood paneling. On the wall right by the entrance, however, there is something you don’t see all the time. Their mission statement. Missions statements are rarely something we get excited about. This is for good reason. We have neutered them, taken away their power. But, there is a potential lurking in the mission statement, an opportunity that can transform organizations… Read more

October 15, 2018

Our world is full of noise. We hear the literal voices of people around us. We listen to massive amounts of media – music, TV, podcasts. And we have been become addicted. As soon as we get in an elevator, wait in a line, or have a hint of quiet, we pull out our cell phones and end the silence by clicking on apps. Perhaps the great and terrible invention of this technological age is the eradication of silence. Forget… Read more

October 12, 2018

“He’s making me so angry!” “She made me mad yesterday.” We’ve all used this kind of language. It is the best way to explain why we feel the way we do. It is clean and easy. Someone is at fault. I reacted. They need to change or apologize for justice to be accomplished. It was natural. Justified. Of their doing. The problem is that this is not entirely true. What people say and do may trigger our anger, but it… Read more

October 10, 2018

From early childhood, we start receiving mixed messages about both humility and pride. We are told not to be boastful, but encouraged to be the best and to speak our truth boldly. We are celebrated when we win and chastised when we lose. The message is clear: be the best and think of yourself as the best but just don’t say it out loud. The typical religious response pushes us to the other extreme. We associate kindness with passivity. Being… Read more

October 8, 2018

It hits us everyday. Fear. The act of being afraid is a universally human experience. It pierces all race, age, geography, and time. Why? Why are we so afraid? What is it about fear that finds its way into every human heart and mind?   Safety It might seem obvious and simple, but the foundation for our fear comes from a desire for safety. We want to make sure we are ok – accepted, loved, cared for, seen. Fear is born… Read more

October 5, 2018

When we think about culture, we often think about some alien force that has inhabited humanity. It makes us do things and value things, reinforces certain thoughts and behaviors, and normalizes things, some good and some very bad. The thought of changing this alien entity feels overwhelming. We don’t know how we got here. We can name the things that are culture, but we cannot very easily say what culture is. Yet, culture is something we all participate in. We often… Read more

October 3, 2018

When we think about the word leader, we often think about it as a prize. A title. A trophy for the best and the brightest. Like fame, we seek leadership for the rewards. The money. The prestige. And most importantly – the acknowledgement that we are good and what we are doing matters. The result is a complicated dance of performance, self-interest, and labeling. Like a sporting event, we want to know our score, our value, and how we measure up to… Read more

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