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Healing Shame: The Noble Eight-Fold Path

After completing a walking session with a client who was ashamed of being estranged from her brother, Baris reflected on his own lingering shame as he headed back toward the office complex. Baris’s daughter Esma, 23, hadn’t gotten along with her father for a few years before her parents divorced. The divorce amplified their tension, […]

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Learning Agility Milestones: You’re Never Fully “Ready”

I define Learning Agility as the practice of regularly seeking new experiences, applying feedback, and reflecting on lessons learned, to keep growing professionally and personally. I’ve been fortunate enough to successfully embrace learning agility during critical moments of my career. These professional milestones are far more comfortable to review in hindsight than they were when […]

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Storytelling Night: Brand Matters

“It was a full 10 seconds before I realized how loud I’d been talking, and that everyone within 50 yards was staring at me,” Baris, 55, said into the microphone, looking sheepishly at the gathering of familiar faces in the cafe–including Liliana, a 28-year-old brand strategist, who was nodding her head while laughing. It was […]

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Learning Agility: Taking a Risk

“Baris, you’ve got to be less sedentary,” Dr. Morgan, his general physician, told him during yet another disappointing annual physical and blood work review. “Get some movement going. Walk. Run. Swim. Play tennis. Anything.” The 55-year-old clinical psychologist and native of Turkey looked at Dr. Morgan and nodded, and then sighed in exasperation. “I know, […]

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