As I was reviewing the categories I have created here on my blog, I realized that it appeared to be a rather random and incomprehensible list more resembling a series of tags, than of coherent categories of content. As I scanned the list it dawned on … Continue readingDo your blog categories tell a good story?
There I stood, electric hedge trimmers in one hand and a ninety-nine-foot extension cord in the other. On the ground in front of me lay a one-foot extension cord. At this moment I had three items that were essentially useless. There was the hedge trimmer … Continue readingThe 99 Foot Extension Cord
I learned about GOTE in my freshman year of college as I was studying theatre. GOTE, which stands for “Goal, Obstacle, Tactics, and Expectation”, is an acronym devised by Robert Cohen and was introduced as a way to approach playing a character and telling great … Continue readingDid someone get your GOTE?
When a company, team, or individual goes about creating a strategy, they like to have as close to a full picture as possible of all the details to give themselves the best chance of heading in the right direction. But what about times when you … Continue readingMaking tough decisions with Frog DNA
There are times when a hurting or broken relationship could be restored with a simple apology. There are moments when saying, “thank you” for help received, could strengthen trust, and foster a new connection with another. It is in these times that we must make … Continue readingWe would rather be right than be healthy
While adding new shelf paper in our new rental house there was a knock at the door. When I opened the door I was greeted by a congenial and intelligent man who expressed his need for help. He had just moved in with his family … Continue readingLower the Ladder and Only Lift Up
With each day that passes and with each new advancement in technology, our brains are freed up from carrying around facts like phone numbers, addresses, and birthdates. We are now able to retrieve information almost instantly from anywhere and then backup new data in the … Continue readingWhen your conversation needs an outboard brain
It is 8:00 AM and you open up your laptop to check your email. There is still no response from your friend who you wrote two days ago. That’s strange, you think. This friend always replies back right away. This is when you start to think that … Continue readingInterpreting Silence
At the beginning of my career I was asked to join a group tasked with brainstorming, strategizing and implementing a new campaign for a major brand. I was young at the time but I was known for high intuition and clarity in my ideas. As … Continue readingFIVE ways to craft a safe collaborative space
Culture is a balanced blend of human psychology, attitudes, actions, and beliefs that combined create either pleasure or pain, serious momentum or miserable stagnation. –Shawn Parr I work in a culture of Yes-and. It is how I approach my life and my relationships. Yes-and is … Continue readingA Culture of Yes-and