7 Complex, Nuanced Problems

7 Complex, Nuanced Problems

My professional work has never just been a “job.” It’s my launching pad for transforming the world around me. During my 20s, while working as a journalist, I tried to break down, simplify, and explain complex and interconnected local, state, and national political...
AI + More Open to Coaching

AI + More Open to Coaching

My brother Frank had a favorite restaurant in Seattle called Pasta Freska, which closed a few years ago when the owner retired. The chefs served up a wide variety of yummy Italian appetizers, main dishes, and desserts, and I’m sad that I’ll never eat there...
AI and Design Thinking

AI and Design Thinking

Exponential technology, with AI at its core, is rapidly evolving, endlessly converging, and ubiquitously disrupting industries, companies, and careers as it transforms nearly every aspect of how we work and live. As AI’s “capabilities” continue to proliferate, I’m...
AI and Design Thinking

A New Year’s Eve Disaster

It was New Year’s Eve. My wife and I were getting ready to go out to dinner to celebrate the imminent arrival of 2024. And then everything went off the rails. My wife popped into the garage to get something. She heard the unwelcome sound of gushing water. The...
Mindful Paths to Meaning

Mindful Paths to Meaning

Today, each of us lives in the epicenter of a dynamic, surreal tension between the forces of tremendous potential and forces that could extinguish our species and render Earth uninhabitable for most life forms. And regardless of how these forces play out on a...
Personal Freedom

Personal Freedom

A few years ago I re-purchased my favorite textbooks from my undergraduate years: The Search for Personal Freedom, Volumes 1-2, by Neal M. Cross, Robert C. Lamm, and Leslie Dae Lindou. Re-reading them was simply pure joy and provided fresh insights and inspiration...
Mindful Paths to Meaning

“Family Supper at Burger Chef”

One of the most endearing characters on another popular AMC television show, Mad Men, was Peggy Olson. Peggy starts her career on Madison Avenue as a naive secretary and gradually moves into the creative side of the business, assuming more and more responsibility and...
Change…or, Well, Die

Change…or, Well, Die

During the first episode of AMC’s 11-season television series The Walking Dead, Georgia police officer Rick Grimes wakes up in the hospital to a horrible scene. The building is deserted with the exception of numerous “walkers,” re-animated corpses...
“Authentic Human Leadership”

“You Did My Crescendo!”

Peter Block, in a book simply titled Community, challenges the conventional understanding of leadership by emphasizing it as a capacity that can be learned by anyone. What keeps us stuck, Block asserts, is the lingering assumption that leadership must be clustered in...
Digital-First…or Digital Worst?

Use Your Head

In the 1991 movie Defending Your Life, advertising executive Daniel Miller (played by Albert Brooks, who also wrote and directed) dies tragically and arrives in the “afterlife,” where he must face trial and defend his lifelong fears in order to “move...
Mindful Paths to Meaning

The Joy of Learning

A few years back I sat at the kitchen table, unable to sleep, the house quiet. It was 1 a.m. on March 25, the day that would have been my late father Frank’s 85th birthday. I hadn’t realized the significance of the day until I fixed a bowl of oatmeal and opened...
A Tale of Two Mindsets

A Tale of Two Mindsets

Last fall, I was fortunate enough to visit Barcelona, Spain. After I returned, reflecting on the gorgeous diversity of the people I saw and interacted with, I was even more committed to a guiding principle for my life and professional work: People across the world, in...