Perils of comfort

By |April 23rd, 2017|

Children need comfort when they fall. Lovers need comfort for their broken hearts. Families need comfort after the loss of parents, siblings or loved ones. Comfort soothes, restores and connects us. It is precious and admittedly in too short supply in so many corners of the planet.

Last month I was in California for a meditation […]

Coming from integrity

By |January 13th, 2017|

While the truth can set you free, it’s no guaranty of success. That said, acting without integrity confounds matters and fuels needless suffering. It builds drama.
What is integrity, anyway? We know not to lie by omission or otherwise. There’s keeping your word – doing what you said you’d do. Now factor in the integrity of […]

Pull ahead

By |November 30th, 2016|

As the rainy season drives me indoors for exercise, I recall a spin class last December that surprised me even before it started. The usual instructor wasn’t there. His replacement broke all his rules – pedaling slower than 60 rpm (hard on the knees), tightening her shoulders, ignoring the beat. Which messed with my bearings […]

Analytics and artistry

By |August 2nd, 2016|

Fresh out the door after hearing David Howitt’s inspired talk, I’m mulling several of his ideas. The tyranny of ‘or’ versus the power of ‘and.’ Profit plus Purpose. And my favorite, Analytics and Artistry.

David is Founder & CEO of The Meriwether Group. He was alert enough at 7:30 a.m. to both talk about and role […]

Labeling what we do

By |July 25th, 2016|

What do you tell people you do for a living? This question is up because I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I do professionally.

I don’t recall puzzling over it this much since 1998, when I was reading Dreams Into Action, a brilliant book for creatives written by Broadway and movie director Milton Katselas. […]

Practicing adaptive leadership

By |July 21st, 2016|

I picked up a copy of Adaptive Leadership by Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow and Marty Linsky after hearing an enthusiastic review from the head of our local library. Skimming it, I recognized a gazillion truths from my work inside corporations and as a consultant to business, government and nonprofits. This week I decided to dive […]

Reunion reflections

By |July 8th, 2016|

In June I returned to the Berkshires. Aside from the warm smiles of classmates, the happy embraces, the stories of triumph and loss, the late night dancing and the reveal of inner desires met or unmet, I was moved by several insights. Here are a few from the Reunion weekend romp.

1. We were driven when […]


By |June 20th, 2016|

When asked the key to fruitful collaboration, Yo-Yo Ma begins with, “two words: ego management.” He elaborates in a short piece in June’s Harvard Business Review.

“It’s easy to get locked into ‘in my world’ or ‘this is the way I see it,’ so you have to move your brain to a more spongelike state, as […]

The meeting crashers

By |April 27th, 2016|

Say you’re in a meeting. Information is flowing. Ideas are exchanged. Decisions reached. There’s a particular dynamism. Everyone exits with a sense of momentum. You’re left with more energy for the next task than you had before the meeting began.

Another day, another meeting. This one moves in fits and starts. The flow is gone. Cohesion […]

Formidable forces

By |January 25th, 2016|

In her superb essay What Money Can Buy, from the June 4, 2016 edition of The New Yorker, Larissa MacFarquhar opens by splaying the forces that rise up from all directions to impede change:
“The urge to change the world is normally thwarted by a near-insurmountable barricade of obstacles: failure of imagination, failure of courage, bad […]