Send in the Clowns

The first Broadway musical I attended as a child was Do Re Mi starring Phil Silvers and Nancy Walker. My dad had won 2 orchestra seat tickets from work for he and mom but traded them in for balcony seats so he could take the whole family. I remember seeing Phil Silvers looking up at the balcony and thinking that he was looking directly at me. After that, I was hooked on Broadway musicals. The Theater lost a giant last...

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Gratitude

Last Thanksgiving, I was out on a hike with Sheila and some friends when I received a phone call from a colleague congratulating me on having my Thanksgiving Op-Ed published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Since I did not have a chance to share it with you last year, I wanted to post it in time for this year’s holiday. I hope you find it meaningful. “I’ll be sitting down for a virtual Thanksgiving celebration with my family this week to...

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Think Inside the Box

I had another business coaching leader tell me again that “working with me is like being in therapy.” As I do with the many others who have made that comment to me, I go onto explain to them that “working with me may be therapeutic, but it is not therapy.” The first time I heard that from someone, I was a bit concerned that I had somehow transformed our business relationship into a clinical relationship, but I came to see...

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The Simplification Formula

Our new neighbors told us that in downsizing from their suburban home to their new (and smaller) townhouse, they called their adult children and told them to collect their childhood memorabilia, or it was all headed to the resale shops or dumpsters. Their kids came and took a box or two of remembrances and our neighbors were relieved of years of reminiscences. Sheila and I watched another round of Marie Kondo TV shows and decided it was time to do,...

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The Best Rest of All!

We went hiking last week at a nature preserve sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, with our friend Pam. The hike was gifted with a Conservancy Guide who took us “hiking at the speed of Botany,” meaning that he would stop every 200 yards or so to show us the red phloem of the Sassafras Tree, or to let us know that it is going to be just about impossible to rid ourselves of the invasive Knotweed. Hiking and being...

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The Great Renewal

The War for Talent is over. Talent has won! People are mislabeling this victory for talent as The Great Resignation as if to suggest that people are quitting and hanging it up. Far from it, today’s workers are seeking new opportunities and challenges. Perhaps better to call it The Great Renewal No doubt, the challenges of Covid-19 from remote working, to burnout, to managers who understandably had no idea how to support workers, contributed to people thinking about the meaning...

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