I write stories you can read in less than five minutes, featuring diverse professionals whose tips on applying mindfulness, learning agility, and storytelling will help you love your career and enhance your quality of life. These characters face familiar pain points: nonstop change, accelerating technological disruption, and the collective “noise” that grows louder each day. The [...]
Change leaders tell stories about real pain points. When organizational change is viewed by the employee population as arbitrary or conceived in an “ivory tower,” it does’t stick. Some will fully commit, but others will act with minimum effort compliance; and a part of the organization will simply disregard implementing the change, period. Storytelling is […]
Change leaders are strategic learners. The best ones don’t just gather random bits of information, but prioritize the most valuable knowledge to obtain. Because change–whether it’s a departmental reorganization, a new software system, or a shuffling of people into new roles–is so unsettling to many people, those leading it need to ensure they’re implementing the […]
I’m at a Starbucks, thinking about loving-kindness. My Saturday began early, journaling about loving-kindness while my youngest daughter, Olivia, got ready for us to drive to her high school. There, Olivia and the other freshmen are cheering on people of all ages with disabilities as they participate in the Achilles Nashville 6th Annual Hope and […]
Many professionals find slowing down and focusing on one thing to be counter-intuitive. They’ve been eating a diet of “mindless frenzies” and “getting more stuff done.” The alternative approach is mindfulness habits. Mindfulness is the practice of becoming more fully aware of, and focused on, what’s taking place within and around you. It’s concentration on steroids.
Stories shape us, stick with us, and often inform–even subconsciously–the decisions we make. Stories we tell ourselves about our strengths, good character, and possibilities shape our orientation toward the day’s work and interpersonal communications. Stories about “how much we suck”…well, they have their own way of shaping things.
No one will give you “permission” to live in the manner that’s optimal for you. It’s up to you to get clear about what optimal looks like, start “practicing” its associated habits, and begin to develop new muscle memory until it has truly become your life.
Industrial complexes often “hide in plain sight.” They touch our lives each day (some more painfully than others). We see and feel their impact, but we don’t usually “connect the dots” between our daily experience and the forces and local, state, and national players behind the scenes who are driving the impact.
Climate change is one of five important disruptors affecting everyone and everything on the planet, interacting with each other in intricate ways, for better and for worse. It's the shift in global or regional climate patterns, occurring from the mid-to-late 20th Century onward, attributed largely to increased levels of atmospheric carbon diox ide produced by the [...]