The Season of Change

The sun will reach its nadir this Saturday at 11:19 PM as many people are tucked into bed (on the East coast) and getting ready to begin their holiday celebrations. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we will begin our 6-month journey back to the warmth of the summertime. It’s no wonder that we are built for resilience as nature showers her experiences of recovering from the depths of winter’s darkness towards the fullness of summer’s long days...

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Oh that Sunny Side

In the late Hans Rosling’s book, Factfulness, he changes the way we think about the world and the progress that continues to be made every day. Rosling points out that despite what we may think, the truth is that world is becoming a significantly better place. Over 80% of all children across the globe have been vaccinated against many diseases. Animals that were previously on the endangered species list like giant pandas and black rhinos are no longer critically endangered....

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The Neighborhood

I was apparently the only person in the movie theater wearing red this past weekend for a mid-day showing of the new movie about Pittsburgh’s beloved Fred Rogers. I knew this because the theater manager, working to get everyone seated in the full house, pointed me out, asked me to stand and be acknowledged for honoring Mr. Rogers. He went on to point out to the other patrons that they should be sure to wear their red sweaters when they...

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Short Cuts to a Great Thanksgiving

Tomorrow, we’ll all be celebrating Thanksgiving, the most psychologically correct holiday on our calendar. While the turkey is in the oven and the gravy is simmering on the stove, here are some additional recipes for creating memorable family interactions and memories. Greet people with an appreciation for what they mean in your life. No need to express gratitude just at the dinner table. Make it a weekend festival! Repeat the rituals that your family does every holiday, whether it’s taking...

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Looking Back/Looking Forward

My copies of Strategy Driven Leadership arrived at my door this week. Dr. Jonas Salk, the pioneer researcher who developed the polio vaccine while working here at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine was once quoted as stating that “our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.” Forebearers of the Iroquois Nation understood the importance of how their actions today would impact their world going forward 7 generations from that moment. We’re usually so caught up in our own...

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