What Kind of Friend Are You?

Like most of us, we spent our holiday season holed up in our house. We passed by neighbors walking our dog Cody, waving at them or chatting loudly since we were generally 6 feet away. Family and friend time was spent on Zoom until we fatigued out and checked out. Perhaps more than ever, we need our friends, and they need us But what about that other friendship…the one we have with ourselves? While we go to great effort to...

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The New Possibilities

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...

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Repairing the Broken Year

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...

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A Little Winter Color

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...

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The Year of the Breath

Go ahead, take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh. That feels better, doesn’t it? Go ahead and do it again. We all deserve it. 2020 will be known as the Year of the Breath First, the Corona virus, with deadly consequences, took too many people’s ability to breathe away from them and even if we did not contract the virus symptoms, it affected all of our breathing. We took in a deep breath as we saw the...

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The Many Paths to Professional Greatness

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...

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