Just “Don’t Do It”

In the summer of 2018, a first time US tennis open winner suffered the agony of victory. Twenty-year-old Naomi Osaka handed the greatest woman tennis champion a resounding defeat by beating Serena Williams in 2 sets, 6-2,6-4. But instead of the cheers and accolades afforded a victory, Osaka only heard boos from the crowd. Of course, some will say that the crowd was booing the controversy between Serena and the chair judge who penalized her for multiple confrontations, but it...

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Anna Halprin: A Transformative Teacher

In the mid 1970s my girlfriend insisted that I join her on a 2-week dance retreat in Marin County near San Francisco. “Don’t worry that you are not an “official dancer,” Anna welcomes everyone,” she told me.  Off we went in her orange cab-over-camper Datsun pickup for one of the first real adventures of my young life. I didn’t know that Anna Halprin was already an icon of the dance world. Her early professional career had begun to  transform modern...

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Getting Control: Back to The Workplace

This new phase of returning to normal will bring about significant changes to the workplace. While the changes may be significant, they will actually be a continuation of what we have been doing for the past year. Getting more control of our lives! In a recent study by the Steelcase Corporation of 30,000 people from across the globe, , American reported that their top 5 most important elements that should be provided in their workplace include (1) space to collaborate,...

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A Big Takeaway

In our weekly podcast, The Leadership Café, that I co-host with my good friend and colleague, Michael Couch, we ask our guests the question, “assuming you’ve had no great tragedy from the Pandemic, instead of thinking, what has the Pandemic done to you, how would you respond to the question, what has the Pandemic done for you?” As we begin our back to work plans, many of my business clients are working to find the balance between their business’ expectations...

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Bring Your Best (at least for what you have that day!)

Springtime means that I get to head back out to the golf course to enjoy the beauty of nature, hang out with some buddies, and play the best round of my life. There is a part of me that knows, however, that those dreams of a record round will be quickly dashed. On any given day, one part of my game may be good (like my putting) while another part may be poor (like my driving). Creating a mindset that...

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Let’s Get Back to Normal

New normal, old normal, new normal becoming the old normal. I’ve heard it all lately, including from a colleague who is going to trademark “no normal.” I get it, the world has changed as a result of Covid. We have to be nimble, ready for change, manage ambiguity gracefully, and figure out if we want to work from home, the office  work or find a hybrid way of living, maybe living in an RV and being nomadic. It’s enough to...

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