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It’s called Open Space Technology.

Don’t let the name fool you. Open Space is not a new app or a fresh software solution. It’s a conversational framework that has been around for over 30 years. Created by Harrison Owen, a former associate pastor, peace worker and organizational development consultant, Open Space dismantles organizational silos and rigid  (more…)

When I look at public leadership what I see is dismal.

I’m reminded of it as I revisit an article Jay Cost wrote in the Wall Street Journal, The Politics of Distrust (10/17/15). I am reminded of it every time I watch a business executive address a Town Hall meeting, every time I catch a politician make a public statement in front of a camera, (more…)

2018. My one vision for all of us is this. Let’s make this The Year of More Connection.

Well, yes. Duh. Of course, right?

Two seminal articles appeared in 2017 that captured the urgency of our need to connect. They encapsulated a simmering Zeitgeist.Their messages reverberated beyond their intended target audiences and instantly went global. (more…)

It has percolated in my head for days. This little quote from Khalil Gibran.

Work is Love Made Visible.

Yes, Kahlil Gibran, the Lebanese poet-mystic. My friend Suzanne Daigle snuck it into an email she sent me last Monday.It has haunted me ever since.

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Statistics show the US economy is in fine shape. Unemployment has reached historic lows. Yet GE announced just last week it is cutting 12,000 positions. 4% of its workforce. Siemens is cutting 6,900 jobs. Several folks I know well have lost their jobs within the last few weeks.

December. Holiday season. A hyper-challenging time of the year to suddenly (more…)

I sent Sylvie an invite on LinkedIn. Sylvie and I are social friends in the community where I live.

Sylvie’s email response to me: Wow, so happy to connect with you in the professional world. What an honor!

Sweet, right?

I adore Sylvie. But here’s the secret code (more…)

I like to hug.

It’s a learned behavior. I’m German, and I have no memory of folks hugging a lot when I was growing up. First time I started hugging my mom and dad as they picked me up at the Cologne airport both of them froze. Goodness, what had happened to their Americanized son?

I was well into my 30s at the time. (more…)

I miss it already. Corner Office. For many moons my favorite Sunday morning read.

On Sunday, October 27, the New York Times posted Adam Bryant’s final Corner Office column. 10 years. 525 interviews with CEOs, gleaming their wisdom and insight on what they know about leading a business, condensed into a half-page read. Hiring the right talent. Creating high-functioning teams. (more…)

It’s a book I love for many reasons. One is its use of the word bloom.

I know the word, of course. It’s the context that enthralls me.

For 3 decades, Jon Kabat-Zinn has been a prominent American crusader for the benefits of everyday mindfulness. A friend gave me a copy of his inspired 1994 book “Wherever You Go There You Are.” (more…)

Your first 5 minutes.

They set the stage. For a meeting. For a conversation. For the day. They disproportionately fuel the spirit of all that follows.

What do you do with your first 5?

When I was a theatre director it happened way faster. 5 seconds. Even before you delivered the monologue you had  (more…)