A Powerful Verse

This is a lovely video featuring Robin Williams’ speech for the boys in Dead Poets Society, one of my favorite films. He reminds the prep school boys moving towards their career pursuits and the future ahead that poetry, art, passion is the thing that makes us sing, makes us love, makes us want to live…

Fierce Edges

It was initially hard to imagine why David might ask us to notice the fierce edges of our lives, our existence, on the trip to the Galapagos. I had anticipated beauty, creatures great and small, unique vistas. When you are on the stunning MVV Evolution and your every need is anticipated by a crew of…

Leader Faith

Why have I always loved language? I don’t know. I’ve been at home in it. This morning, reading the piece from Henry V about Harry’s walking through the camps of soldiers before the fight, and his seeing their strength and potential even though they were rag-tag tired and forlorn. A leader believes and has faith…

Seeing the Clear Path

Fog is an apt metaphor for states of consciousness. This morning, the fog was soft, white and thick in the icy darkness. Even the light of day didn’t lift it much and so, unlike just darkness, fog is soft and frightening in its quiet. We seem to tread more quietly, take our time. A broad,…

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…