“In Case You Missed It” is our new shorthand for a second effort at getting noticed. “In Case You Missed It,” I did this. ICYMI, I wrote this. ICYMI, this video is fantastic. ICYMI, this article says it all. ICYMI, we’re hosting another event. ICYMI, I’m resending that email from that guy about that thingContinue reading “ICYMI”

The Messy Human Real Thing

“There is always an easy solution to every human problem: neat, plausible and wrong.”  – H.L. Mencken – The journey from the age of machines to the age of meaning is proving to be a bumpy one. It’s telling, and not at all surprising, that the more complicated and pervasive technology becomes the more people seem toContinue reading “The Messy Human Real Thing”

The Boulder Next Door

Obstacles aren’t always to be overcome. They do need to be understood. Keeping a close relationship with what is in our way does not mean that we are giving into its power. It can mean that we have made friends with it in such a way that we are challenged to discover a creative responseContinue reading “The Boulder Next Door”

Choose Yourself

Seth Godin has finally gotten through to me. This guy, too. I saw a post on LinkedIn in which a successful speaker/author was promoting the work of another even more successful speaker/author. He talked about how they are in the same “leadership community,” a group of people who come together twice a year to learn from oneContinue reading “Choose Yourself”

The Beatles Were Right

“Love is simply the name for the desire and pursuit of the whole.” – Plato – I love you. There, I said it. I even said it first. Typical guy, I suppose. Or is that atypical these days? I can’t keep up with the male stereotypes. Forgive me. I want to be whole. And soContinue reading “The Beatles Were Right”

“Do you want me?”

Today in the New York Times there is an article on the front page about an orphaned girl in Sierra Leone who has lost her entire family to Ebola. The little girl, affectionately known as “Sweetie Sweetie” because no one is sure of her real name, is about four years old. On a recent day sheContinue reading ““Do you want me?””

Redefining the “C” Suite

What if we replaced “Chief” with a new set of “C” words? What would happen to our organizations if excellence in these domains was the price of admission to the board room? CHARACTER – key words: self-awareness, trial, values, openness, courage “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must beContinue reading “Redefining the “C” Suite”

The person in front of you right now is the most important person in the world

At a speaking engagement recently I met a man who is almost completely deaf. He told me that the most important leadership quality is the ability to listen. Coming from anyone else this would seem to be an obvious statement, almost a cliché. For him, it is not. He expressed to me that even withContinue reading “The person in front of you right now is the most important person in the world”

Connection: Some Questions, Thoughts and Stories

“We have become postgraduates in the art of acquaintance and paupers in the art of friendship.” John O’donohue The Dunbar Number – approximately 150 – is “the number of people you can have a relationship with involving trust and obligation – there’s some personal history, not just names and faces.”  A Facebook “friend,” a personContinue reading “Connection: Some Questions, Thoughts and Stories”