2020 was definitely a year of learning. Perhaps most critical was that we saw how quickly we could modify and change everything from work from home to how we get our groceries. I suspect, however, that the changes will be much more profound and long-lasting and that the idea that we will return to some kind of “new normal” is a misnomer. When major crises or even technological advances happen, no one wonders whether we will go backwards. We can’t...Continue Reading >
2020, a year that was so damaging, must hold some meaning and understanding for us. Can we find a way to mend the pains and difficulties of this year? Interestingly, the Japanese may have an idea for how we can think about this broken year and what we can do about it. It is referred to as kintsukuroi (金継ぎ, “golden joinery). In practice thistranslates to the art form of repairing broken pottery with a special lacquer and powdered gold, that actually includes...Continue Reading >
The sun reached its nadir on Monday at 5:02 AM (EST) while most of us were warmly tucked into bed and dreaming perhaps of a different kind of holiday celebration during this awkward year of 2020. My wife was not one of us. As she has done in previous years she awoke early to meditate and celebrate on this celestial event. After all, the holidays we celebrate at this time of the year are about light from the darkness. Kind...Continue Reading >
There are mysteries all around us and this is certainly the season of mysteries from the Christmas star to the Hanukkah Menorah.
More importantly, perhaps, is the idea that we can think about our work and relationships as having a mysterious edge to them. If we approach projects, sales, team building and certainly leadership development as a mystery waiting to be unwrapped and discovered, then we wash away the concern that something may be overwhelming or “too hard.”
My favorite way to unravel a mystery and feed my sense of curiosity is to ask questions. Not only is it the easiest way to find answers but it allows others to share their wisdom and experience and creates a strong bond of connection.
I’ll be taking some time during our walks in the woods or down by the water this next week to think about the wonders and mysteries surrounding me and plan to build that muscle so I can enjoy solving the mysteries that await in 2021Continue Reading >
I’ve been meeting with a team of business leaders to discuss their professional development. As we conduct our initial evaluation, most of them want to focus on how to improve what they see as their most glaring weaknesses. While I point out that improving a weakness is a worthy task, there may be a better return on their efforts if we focus on some other ideas such as building on a strength or trying something new that they’ve never done...Continue Reading >
As I’ve written before, Thanksgiving is the most psychologically powerful holiday we celebrate as we recognize and express gratitude for the blessings in our lives. Even in the strangest of years, we’ll find plenty of ways to express our appreciations for the many good things in our lives. For myself, I have sometimes noticed that my expressed gratitude can be somewhat perfunctory. I might say how grateful I am that everyone is around the dinner table (this year on the...Continue Reading >