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Kilimanjaro Reboot: Time to Climb the Next Mountain
"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes… including you." – Anne Lamott
I love this quote by the author Anne Lamott because it speaks to something profound.
From my own experience and the experience of the countless people I have worked with, we have to unplug from time to time to be at our best. Think about it. We wear ourselves out if we don't take breaks throughout our workday. We get fidgety, tense, and constricted. It starts to get harder to think clearly or f…
Don’t Forget the ABCs of a Fulfilling Life
“Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.” – William Arthur Ward
Have you ever watched a scene from a movie that stuck with you? In the film “Glengarry Glen Ross,” Alec Baldwin is a high-pressure, “motivational” trainer sent in to give a speech to a real estate sales team about the ABCs of selling, which in this case stands for “Always - Be - Closing.”
I like my own ABCs better. They stand for “Always - Be - Curious.”
Humans are creatures of habit, so it can be easy to get stuck in pa…
So… Tell Me About Yourself?
So… Tell Me About Yourself?
"A blank canvas is a playground for the imagination." – Marty Rubin
If you have sat through an interview or been to a networking event, you have heard this question before. It seems straightforward, but why do so many of us get tripped up by this question? I think it is because most of us don't like a blank canvas. A question like this is way too open, and it leaves so much up to creative expression.
Do they want to hear my life story or my job history? How much de…
If you are skeptical about meditation, I have a book recommendation for you. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris is an entertaining and informative read for meditation skeptics. I counted myself among the curious-but-skeptical crowd when I first read this book. I have come a long way since that time.
10% Happier is a memoir that describes Dan’s reluctant embrace of meditation after a drug pro…
Adjust the Settings on Your Equalizer
Do you remember the days of HiFi stereo equalizers?
Back when music was still on vinyl records or cassette tapes, there was something profoundly fulfilling about being able to adjust and control the quality of my own music.
I was passionate about Hendrix. Zeppelin. Otis Redding. The Clash. The Velvet Underground. At the time, this was music that brought my spirit alive. So, as a true audiophile, I had to make sure it sounded incredible. I had this expansive stereo control panel full of knobs a…
Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us
Have you ever wondered why you like sad music? Found comfort or inspiration on a rainy day? Reacted intensely to music, art, nature, and beauty? Then you probably identify with a bittersweet state of mind. At least according to the author, Susan Cain. Susan’s new book, Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us is a thought-provoking exploration of deep emotions and the paradoxical pairing of birth and death, light and dark, and of course, bitter and sweet. A bittersweet state of mind can help…
Running to Stand Still
One of my favorite bands when I was growing up was U2. I must have seen them live at least ten times over the years. I recently read the backstory to their song, “Running to Stand Still,” and was fascinated by what I found out.
Bono, the lead singer, asked his brother how his struggling business was going, and he replied, “It’s like running to stand still.” Interesting...
In business, we often work hard to get somewhere, only to find that we are just treading water and not really going anywher…
Are You Authentic?
Every once in a while, I like to revisit an overplayed subject.
Terms like “Leverage, Optimize, or Synergize” have become so overplayed that they’ve almost lost their meaning. So, now and then, I like to explore one of these buzzwords because I see it as an opportunity to make it fresh again.
After all, something only becomes overplayed because it has so much relevance that everyone wants to talk about it.
So, let’s talk about Authenticity. If you look up the word’s original meaning, it’s mad…
Navigating the Space Between the Known and the Unknown
"In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between them, there are doors." – William Blake
When was the last time you had to navigate through a significant personal change? It could have been a career transition, the death of a family member, a divorce, separation, or the birth of a child. All of these changes represent a shift from being in a place we know well to an unknown existence that often shakes us up and sometimes even disrupts and challenges…
We Contain Multitudes
Do you know those times when you see no clear path from where you are to where you want to be? Then someone comes along, points something out, and then all of a sudden, you realize the path forward was always right there; you just didn’t see it?
There is a path for pretty much every situation. Distinguishing that hidden path forward is a passion of mine. I have accumulated over 15 certifications in areas ranging from emotional intelligence to adaptability to communication styles to creative str…