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I am happy for you. Powerful words, right?

And my two favorite variations:
I am so pleased for you (a bit more cautious).
I am thrilled for you (yes, over the top).

When something good happens to a colleague or a friend, we tend to say Congratulations. We may even send a congratulatory note. Nice. (more…)

I notice them at once. A woman and a man.

They sit catti-corner from me on a Thursday morning in a coffee-shop in Hollywood. The woman leans into the table, her left elbow resting on the tabletop, a look of eager curiosity on her face as she listens to the man sitting across from her. The woman’s entire presence radiates a sense of supreme interest and delight (more…)

Patience can be hard.

My mom turned 93 a few days ago. I was reminded of this all of last year after mom had her stroke, and I was suddenly thrust into taking care of every single aspect of her life. I was reminded of it the year I lived on the tiny island of Tobago, a place where time comes to a halt and nothing ever seems to happen. I am reminded of it  (more…)

I arrived at Navision, a Danish technology firm that specialized in CRM (Customer Relations Management), the week after a Senior VP from Microsoft had shown up for a visit. The year was 2002. Navision had just been acquired by Microsoft. The work force at Navision was overwhelmingly enthusiastic about joining this US giant. There was much good will toward Microsoft. Until Mister SVP gave a speech. (more…)

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…)