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Shed the Formality: Climbing the Right Mountain

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"It is selfish for you not sell." 

A little while back, I joined the incredible Stacey Shipman on her podcast Shed the Formality. Stacey is a master connector and facilitator, and you get the sense from the moment you meet her that your day is going to get better; she has a special kind of energy that is hard to explain. We had a great conversation that covered some of my back story and the areas where my passions converged through my journey. We covered a lot of ground and, here are the key ar…

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Travel As a Political Act: A Radical Guide to Meaningful Travel – Rick Steves

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"Understanding people and their lives is what travel is about, no matter where you go."

I have watched Rick Steves' TV shows on travel for what seems like an eternity (really, it has been about 20 years, which is still impressive). Rick has an optimistic and pleasant way about him, and in this book, we see a deeper side to Rick. In Travel As a Political Act, he shares his insights about how travel can change the world one trip at a time. It is an illuminating collection of stories and lessons f…

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Be Brave at Work!

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"Bravery is about going within and seeing where you are holding yourself back… and letting go."

I went into my archives and pulled out this gem of a podcast episode to share with you. Ed Evarts is a good friend and mentor whose podcast, Be Brave at Work, is truly incredible. Ed is the author of two excellent books, Raise Your Visibility & Value and Drive Your Career. We had a powerful conversation about being brave at work and building your bravery muscle so that you can get stronger and strong…

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Are You Ready to Graduate?

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"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt 

It is time to celebrate a new generation of graduates filled with hopes and dreams to change the world! I am always optimistic about what can happen when we unleash new minds into the workplace. Converging the new generation's energy, excitement, and fresh perspective with the existing generation's life lessons, experiences, and insights is what creates a lasting impact. 

To the class of 2021… 

After…

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What is Sparking Me Up: Ozan Varol

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Reading: Ozan Varol is a former rocket scientist, turned award-winning professor, successful blogger, and author of the number one best-selling book Think Like a Rocket Scientist. He is also a past guest on The Virtual Campfire (have a listen). One of his recent blog posts titled "Your safety net is a straitjacket" was packed with some great insights I wanted to share with you. Ozan realized that the safety net of his tenured professorship had become a straitjacket to bigger potential opportun…

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The Eightfold Path: The Way of the Buddhist Leader

 

"Balance is not something you find; it is something you create." - Jana Kingsford

I am sure that you are sick of hearing about "work/life balance." You have probably wondered if that is even possible, especially without any boundaries between work and life these days. In today's post, we will uncover some ideas about creating a different type of balance, leadership balance, by tapping into ancient Buddhist wisdom that couldn't be more relevant today than when it was first founded in the 6th …

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What's Your Mission?

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Have you ever started a completely new relationship with something really old? Like something from the back of your closet that suddenly becomes your favorite new thing?

Well, I'd like to offer you a new relationship with a particular word. Many people don't really know what a mission is, much less how to know their own mission. Here's my simple perspective on it.

Imagine a child with one of those solid rubber, bouncing balls. They throw it down, and it bounces incredibly high. Then it comes d…

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The Beauty of Being Wrong

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How does it feel to know you did something wrong? For most people, there's nothing worse than having to admit they messed up.

And it makes sense. Back when we were running from dinosaurs and pterodactyls, being wrong about something could be the kiss of death for your whole cave clan.

So, we've got this instinctual response to being wrong that feels like we are in the spotlight of shame. But, in today's world, we need to upgrade our relationship with the word "wrong" if we're going to create w…

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Musical Evolution

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Can you track your musical evolution? I started with classic rock. The Police. Led Zeppelin. Hendrix. The Grateful Dead.

Then I progressed to hard rock. AC/DC, Metallica, or Guns N Roses, and that was me more than 20 years ago.

And then, I transitioned into reggae and more diverse types of music like instrumental hip-hop, African Jazz, and neo-soul. How about you?

The amazing thing about music is that it doesn't just come from out of nowhere. Every musical artist stands on the shoulders of ot…

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What is Sparking Me Up: "Friday Forward"

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Reading: I am a big fan of Robert Glazer's weekly blog "Friday Forward" and have been reading it for years. His writing is a testament to showing up and writing consistently; you just keep getting better over time. One of his recent posts, titled "Uprooting Hate," cut right to the core of some of the challenges that our society has faced over the past year. Glazer talks about how a community is strengthened during times of adversity. In order to combat hate, we must con…

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