Your Home Town’s Resilience

We’ve focused much of our discussions in the blog about personal or business resilience. In The Resilience Advantage which will be coming out in mid-March, I make a strong argument about bringing insights from community resilience models into our workplace and homes. In my local community, Pittsburgh, we are seeing a renaissance of growth. After having endured the closing of the steel mines and the diaspora of much of the workforce, the City has come back with a vengeance Today, technology companies like Google, Apple, and Uber have offices here. Pittsburgh is the number 2 city where millennials are moving to this year according to a report from and In 2015, Zagat rated Pittsburgh’s restaurant scene as number 1 Read More

Attention Intensity Disorder

Most people are familiar with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) but few are familiar with a condition that I call Attention Intensity Disorder. AID is what happens when you are so focused on an activity that the rest of the world disappears and you become a bit obsessed with completing that task. As someone who is challenged with it’s opposite, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD,) it wasn’t hard for me to notice the difference between people with AID and myself. I’d work on a task, like writing, for 45 minutes and then I’d have to take a break. After a couple of hours of this effort, it was time to move onto a new project. Whereas the folks I know who have Read More

Taking a Tiny Risk

An article in last week’s Wall Street Journal caught my attention with its headline about making my digital life more secure. I had just gotten an email from a friend telling me she got a hacked email from one of my social media accounts and when I went in to change my password, I realized I’d forgotten it. All this effort was taking time away from more valuable activities and although I’ve shied away from the idea of keeping all my passwords in one secure place, the idea of “saving me 50 hours per year” as one of the password sites promised got me rethinking my security game plan. In the early days of the Internet, I had to overcome Read More

The Happiest Man in the World

How does the happiest man in the world earn that moniker? Over a 12-year period cellular biologist turn Buddhist Monk, Matthieu Ricard participated in a research study at the University of Wisconsin where his brain waves were monitored while he was meditating. Researcher Richard Davidson had a group of meditators, including Ricard and a group of non-meditators focus on the ideas of compassion. After comparing their results, Ricard’s brain’s activity was “off the happiness chart.” At a recent meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (a meeting where there may not be too much happiness, but where meditation would benefit many of the attendees) Ricard was asked about being happy. He identified 3 keys: Look for opportunities to Read More