The Path of Paths

I grew up an Episcopalian, or as my friends called it, Catholic Lite, and was confirmed in a little church in Kentucky on the corner of First and Main streets. At that time, there was truly a church on every corner: First Church of the Nazarene, The First Baptist Church, the Presbyterian Church, and our…

Journey to the New Year: Maintaining Perspective

Sometimes it’s easy to catastrophize or get caught up in the worry of doomsday predictions. Even the subtlety of cynicism is really just fear of being disappointed or concern that our efforts will be for naught. Maintaining perspective is the mark of a healthy person and a thoughtful leader. How are you balancing a sense of…

Journey to the New Year: Staying Engaged

Your wholeheartedness about your work is your job, and no one else’s. Your co-workers, colleagues, clients, and customers are not responsible for making you happy or even doing what you want them to do: perform, buy, collaborate. Your engagement and full focus in what you are doing belongs to you. There are times of Divine…

Journey to the New Year: Meeting Our Goals

The reality of the work world is that we have results for which we are responsible. We need to meet the needs of our clients, or we need to produce high quality products, or we need to offer the service we promised to offer. It is often about getting things done and crossing things off…

Journey to the New Year: Manage Change

One thing feels for certain: the rate of change is accelerating even faster than we can predict. Is it true we will have one-half billion wearable technical devices by 2018? Already we are changed by our access to information, the immediacy of stuff at our fingertips. How can we possibly manage this rate of change…

Journey to the New Year: What’s Next?

I am uncharacteristically resisting list making for the New Year. I want to hold my intentions for more meaningful work, a healthier lifestyle and deep relationships with the highest regard, not limiting them to a particular measuring stick. Sometimes this works in business, too. You know what the future might hold for you, you can…

Journey to the New Year: Where We’ve Been

Our lives are made up of stories. Our births, our growing, our schooling. Our work is made up of stories, too. That first job, that feeling of money in your pocket, that first disappointment, that small drama unfolding as office gossip. We indeed weave a narrative that’s rich and deep. It’s important to learn from…

Noticing Change

In the span of three hours, the Seattle sky has changed dramatically: pre-dawn dark; then gray closed-in rainy; now pink high clouds, light blue. In three hours, complete transformation. In the span of three hours, a life can change completely, too. In an instant, actually, a turning point, a pivotal moment, a sharp right turn…

Pick the One, True Word

  Pick the right words, the truest words, the congruent words. Think about the receiver, too. Aristotle’s Triangle. Not too many words. Reveal. Uncover. Know what you want: to express? to convey? to inspire? to move? to push? to relieve? to share? Why are you saying this? What do you want? What’s true of you?…

Turning off

I know it’s only October 22, but I’m turning my television off for the month of November, starting today. Want to take the challenge with me? To be fair, this season’s The Newsroom is over and there’s no Madmen or Downtown Abbey programmed in my recording queue. It might be interesting to note that for…