The Art of Candor

Do we really allow ourselves and those around us to have their ideas be free and opinions to flow with out limiting them? Do we give everyone a voice? How can we allow people to bring their whole selves to the group or to us? We need and our groups need to be able to... Continue Reading →

Quote Roulette #5

"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me." - Jim ValvanoThis week's roulette has a very special meaning to me. Both my fathers, my actual father and my step-father are no longer here. But what they shared with me while on this planet is something that I... Continue Reading →

Be Late

Reliant on our devices is calling the kettle black for me. I am just as reliant if not more so than the average person being I use it for everything from personal development to work. My self proclaimed average of late for all my technology usage is just over 4 hours of usage per day,... Continue Reading →

Listening Is My Native Language

Often the quietest voices are the easiest to overlook. A lot of communication is listening - not just lis-ten-ing to figure out what you want to say in response." - Johnny Ive Probably the biggest leaps in my careers have been when I have stopped myself from listening to respond as Johnny talks about above,... Continue Reading →

Gifts

I got to thinking about gifts because of the obvious with our headlong plunge we're all taking into the holiday weekend and month ahead. There are so many times at work or at play in life we gift things to people. Some gifts are intentional and well thought out. They can be gifts of feedback... Continue Reading →

Repay the Debt

One of the ways that I find peace is to pay debts. Not the credit card kind. I don't think anyone really enjoys paying those back. There is some time in your life you've had to feel a debt owed you had to pay back. The tug that you need to pay someone or something... Continue Reading →

Empathy and Sympathy Not the Same

Wanted to take a little break from resilience this month and share a video I ran across. I've been studying empathy and compassion a bit. I came across this video that brilliantly paints a picture between what some people think is empathy, when sympathy is really what it is. The video itself is about 3:54... Continue Reading →

The Ugly Side of Resilience

As I've been writing all month about resiliency and all the great things about this great habit that works to make you that way, I began to study the other side. Is it possible that resilience has an ugly side? I assumed it can be like any habit that if over used can be as... Continue Reading →

9/11 and Resilience

resilience | rəˈzilyəns | (also resiliency) noun 1) the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness: the often remarkable resilience of so many British institutions. 2) the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity: nylon is excellent in wearability and resilience. It took me a minute to think about when the best time... Continue Reading →

Finding Compassion on the Job

  Just as our own social circles can provide us places to use empathy or build solidarity we need, our work circles can provide the same chances. Today more than ever these are key concepts in business dynamics of high performing teams. In compassion's absence, low performing teams. Putting up with stress and sometimes nonsense... Continue Reading →

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