You know you’re smart. On any given day you can figure it out. But today, just for today, your brain is going on strike. Shut down.
Can’t process another piece of information. Can’t look at one more spread-sheet. Can’t listen to one more scintillating idea.
Let’s simply call it mental fatigue. (more…)
I wait in a TSA line at LaGuardia Airport, inching my way toward the front, when I notice a man and a woman. They stand next to each other, laughing, bantering back and forth. The man takes the palm of his right hand, playfully places it on the woman’s forehead for a quick second.
Give me some of that energy, he says and withdraws the hand. (more…)
Two political conventions rolled over us in the US. Public discourse in the aftermath got more heated than it had already been. Even if you tried to avoid the coverage, chances are you watched. And, pardon the gun metaphor – you got triggered.
There’s having a reaction. There’s being triggered. (more…)
It may sound like an academic question. It isn’t.
Which of your personal assets make your colleagues, clients, team want to follow you? Is it your warmth? Is it your competence?
The answer – duh – is both. But here’s the differentiating part: With the HAPPY WARRIOR, both are EQUALLY expressed. (more…)
My friend Marc Rubin and I tease our colleague Tina Governo.
You seem to be working harder than ever, we chuckle during a phone chat with her.
Tina just switched from a demanding full-time corporate leadership role to a part-time position. She has been on the road more than ever, it seems. Yeah – I chuckle and empathize. When I look at the pace of my life over the last 6 weeks I think to myself come on, really? Like, REALLY? (more…)
Yes, I’m biased. I’m a former theatre guy.
I think of this as I stumble on an article about improvisation in, of all places, the Wall Street Journal (7/8/2016). From a young age on we’re taught to master impulse control. It’s what grown-ups do, right? We manage our emotions. Avoid distraction. Aim for a zen-like focus, a sense of control. (more…)
It happened last week while I was in Europe.
Soccer fever fired up my heart. The European Championships in full bloom.
My 91-year-old mom and me, howling at the tv screen in her living room, cheering the German team. The joys of soccer run deep in my family. Decades of tv watching with mom and dad and my brother Thomas. Yup, sweet. (more…)
Successful people know how to mirror. They mirror consciously. They mirror well.
The power of mirroring has been keenly on my mind in the aftermath of the Orlando shootings. Of all the responses to the nightclub attack, here is the one that stirred me the most. It is a sublime tale of mirroring. It took place on a JetBlue flight that carried the grandmother of Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, one of the club-goers that got killed in the shootings, to Orlando to attend Luis’ funeral. (more…)