How do we Teach Innovation In School?

Published: December 8, 2015

Students don’t learn to be entrepreneurs in most schools.  Very few students learn to think about innovation. When I write about “schools” here, I’m talking about elementary, junior high school and high school years. Our public schools teach our young people to be conformists – not rule breakers.  The fact that the United States culture […]

Boot the Impulse: Mindfulness Will Make You Awesome

Published: December 3, 2015

I think that American culture teaches us to get on with it.  Make a decision.  Move.  “Fish or cut bait.” Many of us have learned the lesson that “if we aren’t acting, we aren’t doing anything important.” Clearly, taking the right action helps to change us from a position of being stuck.  However, I am […]

More Bliss on the Calendar: Mindfulness and the Nervous System

Published: November 24, 2015

With nervous energy, I am hyper-responsive.  I hear the phone ring, and I am already processing my answer (even before I have said hello.)  In the classic “fight response” (you remember fight or flight syndrome) I start acting and reacting before I really should.  I might feel powerful – for a while. I love to get […]

Nervous without a Safety Net: The Big Career Wobble

Published: November 17, 2015

Looking backward, I know I want to escape.  I see a network of business known to me, but there is a lot here I don’t like.  I haven’t been recognized.  My talents go unused.  The business is too busy to notice me.  I’m never going to reach my victory here.  I have settled for a […]

Enjoy Your Career, Experience Ultimate Passion In Your Life

Published: August 12, 2015

It seems like a paradox doesn’t it? Why would someone be passionate about their work? I believe that helping people discover passion in the way they work is part of the leaders challenge. Work ought to be liberating, empowering and thrilling. If you work near a great leader, you may find work so engrossing that […]

A universe you can laugh at

Published: August 5, 2015

Just for fun, imagine you are surrounded by amusing people – provided to make you laugh and smile.  Imagine, the stage of life has been set up as one continuous Marx Brothers comedy, and indeed it is all rolling around you. Want to enjoy the fun? Pay attention to the dialogue so that you can […]

Leaders believe in the potential of people.

Published: July 28, 2015

Superman has x-ray vision. He can see if an opponent had a knife or another dangerous weapon – not that they would do much good against him – but he would never be surprised by what’s in the pocket of an adversary. He can see the physical resources that other people bring with them. Like […]

Secrets of a Career You’ll Never Quit

Published: June 25, 2015

Imagine, if you didn’t dread going to work.  Imagine that you finish vacation thinking to yourself, “this was fun, but I’m looking forward to getting back to my work.”  Passionate people don’t dread their work; they revel in it.  They don’t find excuses to leave early; they want to get more done. Most people I […]

If I were 22 Again – Advice to a New College Graduate

Published: June 17, 2015

  Just imagine that you are 22 years old again, and you have the wisdom of over 20 years of business experience with you.  What advice would you give to an earlier version of yourself?  I offer my thoughts to today’s college graduates, in the spirit of help.  I have thought about what I would […]

Don’t Waste Time on Meetings

Published: May 28, 2015

                A meeting is a waste of time –unless it contributes to your definite purpose.  Why do people meet in business? To review recent activity To ensure that people are coordinating their work To plan ahead To consider changes that may happen To initiate change Sometimes these meetings […]

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