Our youngest (a toddler at the time) quietly approached me as I typed on my laptop, climbed up the side of my chair, then furrowed in between my body and the chair back. For stage two, he proceeded to clamber up my back, as if summiting Everest, and park himself on my shoulders, his...Continue reading
I never work with companies. Ever. Yes, I’ve written and directed professionally for more than 25 years. Yes, I’ve served as a creative leader in the worlds of branding, marketing strategy, advertising, and entertainment development for 15 plus years. And yet, I never work with companies; I work with people. Now, if that strikes...Continue reading
Around this time each year, lists come out detailing the jobs on the uptick (I see you, cybersecurity) and those on the steady approach to obsolescence (sorry, minecar operators). The employment trends come and go and shift, but there’s one ancient job set to have a major comeback… The Hunter / Gatherer. As the...Continue reading
Look at these doors. Now look closer – which ones are locked and which aren’t? Trick question; you can’t tell by looking. You’re going to have to walk over and try them. Isn’t the same true as we consider our possible paths forward? Without question, there’s a time for thinking and planning and strategy,...Continue reading
Whenever I check into a hotel, the first thing I do is scoop up all the soaps, shampoos, notepads, whatever in the room. It’s not like I’m doing anything sneaky – I’ve paid for them – I just want to get the maximum benefit possible in my short time there. I think that...Continue reading
OWE? NO. My plan goes sideways… …but I’m not required to obsess over it. I have to pay bills… …but I don’t owe anyone my peace of mind worrying about it. Someone wrongs me… …but I’m not obligated to carry resentment about it. I’m not where I want to be… …but I’m not required...Continue reading
Paying attention. Paying attention. With the English vocabulary being so vast, why a monetary allusion in this well-known idiom? My guess is it’s because attention, like money, is finite. There’s only so much you have at a given moment. You can spend it here or there, but not everywhere to an unlimited degree (and...Continue reading
In managing opposites, both tribes can learn to work together IF communication remains Constant, Candid, and Collaborative. Choose to run the risk of over-communicating. When two groups speak different languages, you may find that ‘over’ is actually only ‘just enough.’...
We all know about fear – that inborn survival code that keeps us from hugging grizzly bears and makes us think twice about walking down dark alleys. Useful? Even life-saving? Yes and yes. But on a day-to-day basis, that gift sometimes feels like a curse; we fear having THAT conversation, we fear letting him...Continue reading
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