Challenge v. task

By |September 26th, 2017|

I take simple delight in reading explanations for things I sense but haven’t fully cognized. It happened yesterday, three times. Here’s the most interesting.

“Companies have been hiring and developing these generic workhorse leaders when what they really need is a thoroughbred whose strengths are specifically suited to a particular racetrack.” (Harvard Business Review, When Hiring […]

Who elevates your thinking?

By |August 30th, 2017|

Ever notice how clearly you think when you’re with certain people? And how foggy things get when you’re with others? Organizations are incubators for the full spectrum. So it’s easy to check out office mates, managers, even entire meetings and pick up on contrasts.

Let’s start by studying the people who leave your brain feeling brighter, […]

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 […]