May 2014

Gwyneth Paltrow made a comment when she spoke of her divorce from Coldplay front-man David Martin.

She called it “conscious un-coupling.”

Nice idea. A little precious.

Paltrow was rightfully derided for her use of this phrase.

I think of a phone-chat I had last week with my friend Louise Mahler, a supremely charismatic leadership coach in Australia.  (more…)

My colleague Marc Rubin used the phrase the other day.

TAKE THE HELICOPTER VIEW.

I have used other phrases that connote the same behavior, but this one more than others tickled my fancy.

A helicopter knows how to hover in place.

It swoops high or low and instantly shifts perspective.

It spins to another spot with lightning speed.

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I spent the entire last week in Cuba. Stories to tell.

I enjoyed many things – but none more, perhaps, than the spirit of the Cuban people I encountered.

The docent at the Ambos Mundos Hotel in Havana Vieja whose comments illumined the artifacts in Hemingway’s room at the hotel.

The old female singer at the Hotel Nacional who performed with members of The Buena Vista Social Club, her passion palpable and yet instantly ironic as she wiggled and writhed in her slinky black dress. (more…)

Some people see. Other people see more.

Eric sees more.

Eric is Eric Garcetti, the 6-months-in-office mayor of Los Angeles. At the age of 43, he is one of the youngest mayors of a major global city.

I comfortably make my Eric-sees-more claim – because, well, we have evidence of what Eric sees. Eric is an obsessed, or shall I say obsessive, photographer. He snaps daily pics with his Samsung Galaxy S4 phone and feeds them, via Instagram, to the world. (more…)