Some resources for those of you wanting to spend some time expanding your education and awareness: Movies – Documentaries Roots ~8 hours 7 emmy nominations. An eight-hour event series, “Roots” is a historical portrait of one family’s journey through American slavery and their will to survive and preserve their legacy in the face of unimaginable … More Happy Juneteenth!
With Earth Day upon us indulge me a little as I compare the importance of the strength of our social relationships to the intricate network that is part of a healthy forest. A healthy forest floor communicates through what is sometimes referred to as the wood wide web. When I learned about these well-networked relationships … More Importance of Social Networks and the Wood Wide Web
Are you a carrot, egg or coffee bean? As I read the last few chapters of Ikigai, The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, I was reminded of a parable, about perspective, adversity and how you can shape or be shaped by the things that are happening around you. The parable goes roughly … More Antifragility, Resiliency, and 10 Rules to Live by…
It seems almost universal that we all have a favorite mug in our cabinet. A quick and fun team-building opportunity is to have your team members share pictures of their favorite mugs and the story behind them. All good mugs have a story to tell! You could even pick a day coming up next week … More Creating Connection – What’s your favorite mug?
Why write a letter to your future self? If you can’t visualize where you want to go at work and in your personal life it will be a real struggle to get there. I work with leaders on strategy and goal setting and yes often I have them write letters to themselves. Much has been … More Who Do You Want to Be? Writing a Letter to the Future You.
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” -George Bernard Shaw Communication is such a minefield these days. Co-workers often complain about the misuse and abuse of communication while their smart phone sits inches within reach or even in the palm of their hand. Not too long ago I … More Building Highly Productive Relationships: Communication & Trust
It is not just workplaces that have been changing rapidly. Shankar Vedantan, host of Hidden Brain podcast takes a look at the history of marriage and explores what has contributed to the high expectations of a modern marriage. Why has marriage gone from the easy to thrive even when neglected Cabernet to the fickle and … More Modern Marriage as High Maintenance as Pinot Noir?
Diversity is possibly the biggest buzzword in corporations in 2017. However, few companies are succeeding in this area. I recently read about a company that underwent a tremendous overhaul to improve the diversity of their workforce. Increasing diversity within the organization had been a long term strategic goal. To achieve this important initiative, they brought in consulting teams to educate the staff on diversity, hired a Diversity Director, and changed their recruitment process to attract more diverse applicants. What they didn’t do? … More Avoid the Common Pitfalls: How to Create Successful Organizational Assessments
I am an avid reader and the books listed below represent a few that have made me think and expanded my view on problem solving, leadership and people management. … More Books
What the Best Transformational Leaders Do
“Transformational CEOs Tend to be “Insider Outsiders”The list is topped by companies headed by visionary founders with no prior experience in their industries … More Articles