January 1, 2017

More Silence, More Peace

The ancients knew there were times of the year – and in our lives, that signaled a time to slow down.  These were the hours and days for quiet reflection.  Clearly, those days are over in “modern times.”  The reality of  life today is the amount of time reserved for rest has diminished dramatically. Another “casualty” of modern life is […]
February 13, 2015

Simplifying in an Age of Complexity ~ Part 2

I spent a lot of time in Part 1 talking about the state of the economy and the ways that we work.  Some readers may have wondered – what’s this got to do with simplicity? “Work” consumes more time for the average person (especially in the U.S.) than ever – the highest numbers, in fact, since statistics began to measure […]
December 4, 2014

The Scarcity Mindset is Killing Us

Which world view dominates our collective mindset – one of scarcity or abundance? Which world view dominates your personal mindset? It’s an important question because this core world view is easily the mother-ship of most of the beliefs that shape our existence. What you believe; what we believe, determines much of how we act. The world we inhabit today is […]
August 27, 2014

We All Need More Wonder & Awe

Looking around it’s common to see the signs of  an increasingly weary and anxious world.  There appears to be little room left for the joys of wonder.  Asked to identify the “malaise of the moment,” a prominent New York psychiatrist declared, “Generalized anxiety.That is by far the most common complaint voiced by my clients.”  The antidote? Well, that’s a deeper […]
May 8, 2014

No Pain No Gain? Rethinking Success

We’re living in an age of liminality.  Some of us are aware of it, already feeling its weight and disorientation. The signs are everywhere – if you look.  Liminality is that period of being in-between – the old stories we told ourselves about the future – especially about success – are being challenged, some fading into irrelevancy. The fugue-like state […]
March 20, 2014

5 Practices for Mindful Communication

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” George Bernard Shaw It’s getting difficult not to bump into the word mindfulness these days. While mindfulness is mostly associated with meditation, I like to think of it as a way of being in the world. Mindfulness meditation “practice” is valuable – and it will likely have multiple ripple […]
March 28, 2013

The Workplace (and the World) are Starving for Real Dialogue

“Our language is holographic. Each word contains not only the wide context of paragraph and sentence but the deeper context of our lives. When you interact with someone, their initial words carry the entire hologram of their consciousness.”  William Isaacs, Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together  
February 28, 2013

You Don’t Have to be Motivated or “Productive” Every Day

Somewhere along the line I absorbed the nearly universal belief that hard work is a defining value of a person’s worth.   Intellectually, I don’t buy into this meme – but emotionally I can feel its pull and weight for every hour “wasted” on “non-productive” work. Although the nature of work has changed dramatically since I was a child, the thinking […]
February 20, 2013

Curiosity – the Go-To Emotion

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.  Dorothy Parker I was a really curious kid. How about you? They say all kids (and apparently cats) are curious. Of course that’s true (I mean about the kids, I don’t know enough about cats to make that claim) but I was a very curious kid. I always […]