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Why it’s not a bad idea to become a better storyteller


When I think about my favorite teachers and speakers I can’t think of one that doesn’t use stories to make their subject “come alive”.  I think most people feel this way, and this has spawned countless ‘become a better storyteller’ workshops.  While I’m not a big fan of many of these interventions (although there are … Continue reading Why it’s not a bad idea to become a better storyteller

A monster that devours itself: a capitalist’s parable?


Erisychton (Er-is-ya-thon), according to Ovid’s tales from Greek mythology was a wealthy timber merchant and Thessalian King.  He was a greedy man who thought only about profit.  To him, nothing was sacred.  The goddess Demeter had a sacred grove with a special tree beloved by the gods.  Prayers of the faithful were tied to the … Continue reading A monster that devours itself: a capitalist’s parable?

7 Lessons on innovation from the “lost” Steve Jobs interview


I may a bit behind the rest of the world, but I only recently came across this video of an interview done with Steve Jobs by Bob Cringely as part of the 1996 PBS documentary  Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires.  The footage was presumed lost for several years, but recently a … Continue reading 7 Lessons on innovation from the “lost” Steve Jobs interview

Courage


“The original definition of ‘courage’ . . . is from the Latin word ‘cor,’ meaning ‘heart.’ And the original definition was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart. And so these folks had, very simply, the courage to be imperfect. They had the compassion to be kind to themselves first, and then to others, because, as it turns out, we can’t … Continue reading Courage

Confident vulnerability


“Confident Vulnerability leaves individuals open, curious, willing to receive others’ perspectives and synergize through their differences. It is a necessary prerequisite to interdependence.”  Deanna Murphy (Strength Strategy) The combination of these two terms is really compelling to me.  It communicates something powerful and stimulates reflection: Confidence – to be confident in who I am, knowing … Continue reading Confident vulnerability

One article: 3 powerful metaphor applications


Author and Time senior editor Jeffrey Kluger have certainly mastered the use of metaphor in his writing.  In a recent article published on Time.com he reflects on the reasons why human beings risk their lives to help others and how, in the wake of the horrific Boston bombings, good and evil once again stand in stark contrast … Continue reading One article: 3 powerful metaphor applications

If you think your people are motivated by money, you are wrong!


What really motivates us in life and work?  Most companies and leaders seem to believe that money is the main thing that motivates people to give their best.  Research is proving that assumption to be incorrect. In a recent HBR post, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic cites several research studies that proved that there is a very low … Continue reading If you think your people are motivated by money, you are wrong!

Boundaries: 9 practices to help you find your NO!


In my work as coach and consultant, an issue that I frequently encounter is an inability to set and maintain healthy boundaries.  One manifestation of this is over-burdened people living out-of-control lives due to an inability to say no.  It’s not really surprising, seeing as most of us were raised in a culture where being … Continue reading Boundaries: 9 practices to help you find your NO!

Who creates our reality?


I find this image incredibly thought provoking.  It speaks to me of so many things … choices; agency; victim mentality; short-term thinking; lack of vision; fear of change; ignorance; maybe even commitment i.e. burning a bridge that may tempt you to turn back.  It stirs a sadness, but also frustration.  Definitely curiosity. Mostly, it makes … Continue reading Who creates our reality?