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...
ON MY MIND: The Art of Self-Repair

ON MY MIND: The Art of Self-Repair

Recently, I discovered Kintsugi, a fifteenth century Japanese art form dedicated to repairing broken ceramics by filling in the cracks with gold. Once the repair is complete, the “brokenness” of the item — its defects — become its source of beauty and...
ON MY MIND: Leading is Convening

ON MY MIND: Leading is Convening

“I-don’t-know.” These are three words that most leaders rarely, if ever, dare utter. Why does the admission of “not knowing” feel so uncomfortable? As a client once shared with me, “A failure to know the answer or offer the solution feels like a failure of my...