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It was the week before the 2016 presidential election when I received the following in an email: “Are you suffering from Electile Dysfunction?” This tongue-in-cheek, yet provocative question in my teacher Jonathan Foust’s newsletter caught my attention as I was getting ready to travel to Washington D.C. to attend the Mindful Leadership Summit. The antidote … Continue reading "Leading Mindfully Together"

As I wrote earlier, the five-day immersive session with Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute gave me the time and space I needed to regain clarity, focus, and direction. While sharing five meaningful days with eighty other engaged leaders, I reaffirmed what leaders need in order to succeed in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment.

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is often a question for little children. Yet throughout my career, I repeatedly asked myself that very question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” In my 20s, 30s, and 40s, the same question kept coming up at different times 

The 2016 Mindful Business Conference (May 9-10, 2016) in New York City, organized by The Eventful Group, Mindful Magazine, and Whil, was unlike any other business conference I have been to. We heard passionate and purpose-driven speakers from diverse industries and organizations including: Harvard, Microsoft, Google, General Electric, Aetna, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Volvo, SAP, BASF, MUFG, U.S. Army, … Continue reading "Mindful Business Leading The Way"

The ethicist Peter Singer challenges his students with a thought experiment: if they spotted a child drowning in the pond they pass on the way to school, would they stop to save the child even if it meant ruining their clothes and missing their first class? His students say that they would.

Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is probably the most famous tabletop role-playing game in the world. It has influenced many celebrities, including ones from both sides of the U.S. political spectrum, like Michelle Malkin and Stephen Colbert. It has appeared in hit television series including Community, and inspired a generation of writers. You may know it … Continue reading "Leadership Lessons from Dungeons & Dragons"

A frustrated friend complained about manufacturing plants which won’t update their technology. He even knows of plants that use 20-year-old computer systems and think it’s better not to replace them. The result of their risk-benefit analysis tells them that the risk of upgrading outweighs the benefit, and supports their desire to stay with the status … Continue reading "Risk-Risk Analysis"

One of the lessons we learn in work and life is that some people get us, and some people don’t. Some people are easy to be friends with, and some aren’t. This is especially true of our change idea and a solution that we can generate from it. As we talk about our idea, we … Continue reading "Who is it for?"