The Season of Change

The sun reached her nadir yesterday at 10:58 AM EST as many people were preparing for their holiday celebrations. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we 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 like the clock that she is in our lives. At our home...

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Renewing Resources

We’re hearing a lot about resource management with all the supply chain issues. Not enough trucks, too much cargo sitting out in the ocean, too few workers to process and deliver. All this strains the system and the system responds by moving slowly, which is not a condition we are familiar with in the United States.  This is a perfect example of failed resilience at the macro level. Several recent articles have suggested that we need a more resilient supply chain but...

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Check Your Facts

Yesterday was Pearl Harbor Day, the 80th anniversary of the day that “lives in infamy”. It was also my father’s birthday. On that fateful day in 1941, my mother was preparing a birthday party for her fiancée. It was going to be a surprise party with lots of friends and family attending the celebration.  The party was far from joyous and like other young men and women of that era, my dad’s enlistment was just a few weeks away. My...

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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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