ON MY MIND: Learning to THiNK Before You Speak

ON MY MIND: Learning to THiNK Before You Speak

I’m a big believer in free speech. But, when it comes to my own freedom of expression, I’ve learned that there’s such a thing as speaking too freely – too hastily, too re-actively, too fervently — especially when I am trying to influence others. Asking myself the...
ON MY MIND: Back to Meeting Basics with OARRs

ON MY MIND: Back to Meeting Basics with OARRs

I recently walked into a client’s conference room and smiled when I saw this sign on the wall: No Objectives? No Agenda? No Ground Rules? NO MEETING! Most would read this sign and think: “Duh. I already know that.” But, knowing is different than doing. And just doing...
ON MY MIND: Six Practices for Difficult Times

ON MY MIND: Six Practices for Difficult Times

Lately I’ve had an inordinate number of clients reach out to share that they are going through difficult times — health challenges, loss of key employees and/or customers, financial struggles, organizational changes that impact their sense of job security, etc. They...
ON MY MIND: Focus. I Mean Real Focus.

ON MY MIND: Focus. I Mean Real Focus.

Yesterday, while soaring at 38,000 feet, I had an epiphany: I can write three blogs on a two-hour flight from Denver to Oakland with ease. But to write those same blogs seated at my desk in my office can take closer to six hours. Why? It didn’t take much analysis to...
ON MY MIND: Wisdom of Improvisation

ON MY MIND: Wisdom of Improvisation

Are you someone who dislikes surprises? Do chaos, messiness, and unpredictability stress you out? Do you find yourself perplexed by and just a bit envious of people who have the capacity to just “go with the flow?” I, for one, do not like surprises or messiness. I’m a...