A kindred spirit who isn’t participating in the recession

  I was out driving yesterday and I came across this sign. If you read my blog and get my newsletters, you know I've been talking a lot about not participating in the recession. "Not participating" doesn't mean the recession won't affect me, but rather I refuse to join the negativity that colors everything as [...]

A kindred spirit who isn’t participating in the recession2024-04-02T19:37:09-04:00

The way you talk about your team and your work, really matters

Alan Webber once said, "All depends on the quality of the conversation." I agree. The way we talk to each other and about our work together, determines (to a high degree) the quality of that work (and our relationships).   For the past 150 years, the metaphors we've used in our organizations centered around machines. [...]

The way you talk about your team and your work, really matters2024-04-02T19:37:09-04:00

Be interesting

I'm sitting in a Starbucks. A guy just walked by wearing a shirt that read, "I drink to make other people interesting." There's probably no need to comment much on the quote. Other than to say, I hope I'm interesting to people when their sober too. Be interesting.

Be interesting2024-04-02T19:37:09-04:00

Don’t jump to “solution” to fast

We had a great tele seminar today. A number of us explored how to thrive in times of ambiguity and chaos--in times that are messy. I will post the seminar later this week. However, here's one idea I brought out in the tele seminar.   Often, in times of difficulty, we move to quickly from [...]

Don’t jump to “solution” to fast2024-04-02T19:37:09-04:00

Social Entrepreneurs–Very cool and very needed

I'm working with a group of community leaders today in Tucson. For lunch, we ate at a cafe downtown started by a woman who has a passion to provide transitional work for people with mental illnesses. What a freaking amazing place! The food was amazing. The vibe was very cool. And, the city has completely [...]

Social Entrepreneurs–Very cool and very needed2024-04-02T19:37:09-04:00

More on Boredom (Why we go missing in action)

It happens to all of us. We go missing in action. We do stuff; lots of it all day long. The problem is that we're often not "in" the action. We're missing. Now, I understand that there are times that "losing oneself" in the moment is a good thing. For instance, if we are working [...]

More on Boredom (Why we go missing in action)2024-04-02T19:37:09-04:00

Boredom and living well

I'm doing some research for one of my upcoming books. The research is on attentive and non-attentiveness. I came across a website supported by the University of Waterloo (how cool is that, I wish I could say I graduated from the University of Waterloo), on inattentiveness and boredom. Here's a statement about boredom: From the [...]

Boredom and living well2024-04-02T19:37:09-04:00

If something is “free” don’t limit it

I went to a local salad joint for dinner. As I walked in, I read a make-shift sign that read: "Free Internet from 2 to 8 pm." What? Free for six hours. Gee, I'm glad this place isn't in charge of doling out air. I'm sure there is some (ridiculous) reason why the Internet can't [...]

If something is “free” don’t limit it2024-04-02T19:37:09-04:00

Don’t just say it, model it (The Stewart Cramer thing)

See the Kramer/Stewart interview here: John Stewart called Jim Cramer on some of his behaviors last night on, The Daily Show.  But what was more interesting was what Stewart DID not just what he said. Stewart challenged Cramer and CNBC to ask tough questions and hold leaders accountable for their behaviors. And instead of just [...]

Don’t just say it, model it (The Stewart Cramer thing)2024-04-02T19:37:09-04:00