Compassion, Empathy, & Kindness

I've "skinnied down" my listing of favorite books to recommend, with the intention of providing suggestions on books to prioritize first in each category, followed by books to consider when you're ready to go deeper. As I've written many times before, I love to read...

To learn is to live! I devote most of my personal and professional learning energy into books and podcasts, but I also have some favorite online resources. These sorts of curated lists evolve over time, but as of February 2019 these are my favorites. Contact...

A collective lack of empathy and critical thinking is tearing our country at the seams. We can and must do better. Empathy and critical thinking reinforce and strengthen one another. The lack of either undermines the other as well. Empathy is the ability to recognize the emotions...

Last night's Paul Simon concert in Nashville was one of the best I've ever attended. And it wasn't just Simon's beautiful singing, surprising energy, and creative approaches to tunes long-familiar and recent. Even more so, it was the amazing band that Simon generously allowed to shine...

I wish I’d read a book like this as a teenager or young man, growing up in the South. Instead of spending the first several decades of my life rather blind to my own white privilege, I might have ventured out of my comfort zone...

As I hit a "milestone" birthday this weekend, I find myself grateful for the journey so far and excited about the possibilities going forward. There's a lot of things I would do differently if I could regarding people, circumstances, and key choices. But I've learned and...

One of my core values is striving to take good care of people and resources that are entrusted to me. I can think of many examples falling within both of these categories, but today I'm reflecting on the customers I work with in a career...

One of my core values is being kind and loving to people first and foremost, before any other agenda. When I'm at my best (and not saddled by some kind of fear, which may very well be the poisonous root at the bottom of every...

Zappos founder Tony Hsieh has a cool approach toward creating a work culture of sustainable happiness. His approach examines three forms of happiness: 1. Pleasure 2. Passion, or "flow" 3. Higher purpose, or values Hsieh advises that pleasure is the rarest form of happiness, and should be acknowledged and...