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What Frogs in Hot Water Can Teach About Thinking Again

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I recently have been inspired by the latest TED Talk from organizational psychologist Adam Grant titled "What frogs in hot water can teach about thinking again." His new book, Think Again, is fantastic (I am sure I will be featuring it in my newsletter soon). In this talk, Adam uncovers why humans are so slow to react to looming crises, like a pandemic or a warming planet. Surprise! It is because we are reluctant to rethink our thinking. From a near-disastrous hike on Panama's highest mountain t…

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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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Empowering Leaders Through the Culture Journey


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"If you slow down and take the time to really understand yourself, then bring your full authentic self as a leader to the table, you will see a remarkable difference." 

I recently had the pleasure of being featured on the Culture Design Show hosted by Steve Chaparro. Steve completely blew me away when he connected the dots between my story and a scene from Wonder Woman (2017) when Diana is about to leave her idyllic home of Themyscira to put an end to World War I. Before she leaves, Diana's…

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Glass Blowing and Leadership

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Do you have a seemingly obscure passion that no one would ever guess you are into?

One of mine is glass blowing. I’m a huge fan. My wife even bought me a class once. I loved it. Now, you won’t find my pieces in any museums, but they are functional.

I love creating art because inherent within that process is always a bigger picture.

In glass blowing, for example, it’s intense and focused work, but you’re also working with incredibly delicate material, so you have to really understand your mate…

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Project HR Podcast: Building High-Performance Teams

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The goals of any corporation cannot be achieved by one person – it requires the skills and talents of  many, unified in their efforts. In short, you need a team - but building a high-performance team demands  great leadership, inspiration, and a plan for how to reach the finish line. 

I recently had the pleasure of being featured on the ProjectHR Podcast hosted by Jennifer Orechwa. We  talked about building high-performance teams. Jennifer created a great space to dig in and explore. We  covere…

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Super-Leaders

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As a father, I get to re-live my childhood through my son, and it makes me feel young again, which is truly amazing! I love seeing the world through more youthful eyes. 

One thing I have enjoyed is re-discovering heroes or, more specifically, superheroes with magical powers. One unlikely superhero I have been thinking about lately is Professor X (Professor Xavier) from the X-Men comic book series (and movies). 

Professor X is the founder and leader of the group, and he is an exceptionally powe…

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Are You Climbing the Right Mountain?

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Are you someone who has a lot of drive and passion for getting to the top of the mountain you are climbing? We rarely speak about the enormous population of people who get to the top of the mountain only to realize they gave everything they had only to summit the wrong peak.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is living in a state of constant "doing." If you are constantly doing, then your focus is all about climbing, making good time, getting to the next plateau, and, above all else, plant…

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Thinking about Boxes

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I was recently thinking about boxes. I wasn't just staring off into space daydreaming about cardboard boxes. That would be a little crazy!

I was thinking about the conceptual boxes we put ourselves and others in. 

It's part of our human design to label and categorize each other because doing so helps us navigate and make sense of the world. He's a hunter. She's a healer. They are bakers; you get it. On a survival level, this makes a lot of sense, but beyond that, it can actually limit our live…

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Buildings and Legacy

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I am a passionate world explorer, but there is one thing at the forefront of my itinerary when I travel to another country... architecture.

For some people, it's food; for others, it's museums, or maybe it's beaches. For me, it is definitely architecture.

In every culture around the world, there are buildings that are cornerstones of that society. They are part of the landscape of people's lives, and if they were suddenly gone, people would feel as if a part of them was missing.

From the Pyra…

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Wayfinding

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Are you a Wayfinder? It took me most of my life to realize that I was a Wayfinder. 

A choice point came in my career where I trusted something inside myself over what everyone else said was the right direction, and it led me to discover a whole new quality of life and career.  

One example of a classic Wayfinder would be an ancient sailor who traversed the oceans, not by using maps but by noticing the subtleties of the world around them. 

They would pay careful attention to the wind, the temp…

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