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 →

No Regrets, Ever

Do you have any regrets? We spend at times in our lives keeping a backpack of enormous guilt that we might have left something on the table. Who doesn't want to just make some better decisions to trust their intuition and just swing for the fences? There are parts of us that we need to... 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 →

Your Wired for Negative Bias

I am lucky enough to have worked for over 8 years in a space that has helped me begin with positive intent with any approach that I attempt. It's not easy. I recently read a fascinating piece on your brain's negative bias. There happens to be a scientific reason we are so quick at picking... Continue Reading →

A Warm Place

There will be a time you will have a dream you think is the right dream. Then it dies and you don't know what to do or where to go. Trust me it happened for a reason. It wasn't your dream. The sooner you can come to terms with that the better and stronger you... 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 →

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