Natalie Portman Reminds Us Well – There Are No Little People

Collaborators aren’t born, they’re made.  Or, to be more precise, built, one day at a time, through practice, through attention, through discipline, through passion and commitment – and, most of all, through habit…  Like creativity, collaboration is a habit – and one I encourage you to develop. Collaboration guarantees change because it makes us accommodate… Read More Natalie Portman Reminds Us Well – There Are No Little People

Here’s Our Assignment: Set-Up-To Succeed (Never Set-Up-To-Fail — Never!)

The set-up-to-fail syndrome “is self-fulfilling and self-reinforcing – it is the quintessential vicious circle…”  High expectations or low expectations both influence other people’s performance.  Only high expectations have a positive impact on actions and on feelings about oneself.  Only high expectations can encourage the heart. James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, Encouraging the Heart:… Read More Here’s Our Assignment: Set-Up-To Succeed (Never Set-Up-To-Fail — Never!)

You Won’t Get Memories From a Kindle Like You Will From a Book

Here is some more ammunition for Kindle-bashers, coming from the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal on February 12-13, 2011. In the weekly Books section, Eric Ormsby writes that “books beget books – and sometimes writers are moved to pay tribute to the ones that formed them” (p. C7).  His article points out that writers… Read More You Won’t Get Memories From a Kindle Like You Will From a Book

Inspired Philanthropy – for those Ready to Get Serious about their Philanthropy

I recently presented my synopsis of Inspired Philanthropy:  Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan and Leaving a Legacy (Third Edition) by Tracy Gary, for The Dallas Foundation, a nonprofit in Dallas.  (The Dallas Foundation, Here for Good. —  Simple, wonderful line). The book is a “workbook” on how to plan your philanthropic endeavor. … Read More Inspired Philanthropy – for those Ready to Get Serious about their Philanthropy

Let’s Try Something; Let’s Try Something Different; Let’s Try Something New

In the book The Art of Innovation:  Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm by Tom Kelley, we find this simple suggestion: Observe real people in real life situations to find out what makes them tick… This is step # 2 in the IDEO five step methodology: • The IDEO five step methodology…… Read More Let’s Try Something; Let’s Try Something Different; Let’s Try Something New

“Eat People” – Kessler Asks Where The Jobs Will Be (I Think He Is Partly Right, And Partly Wrong)

Here’s a title that I might, or might not, read.  I’m just not sure. The book is Eat People And Other Unapologetic Rules for Game-Changing Entrepreneurs, and Andy Kessler is trying to make sense of this current employment climate even as he argues for bold entrepreneurship.  On the Amazon page, we read this: The era… Read More “Eat People” – Kessler Asks Where The Jobs Will Be (I Think He Is Partly Right, And Partly Wrong)

We Need Empathy At Work, And Not Just Competition – Business (And Life) Counsel From Playwright Doug Wright

“We lead by being human. We do not lead by being corporate, professional, or institutional.” (Paul G. Hawken, founder, Smith and Hawken) James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Pozner, Encouraging the Heart:  A Leaders Guide to Rewarding and Encouraging Others More profoundly than just getting things done, strong connections with others represent a value unto… Read More We Need Empathy At Work, And Not Just Competition – Business (And Life) Counsel From Playwright Doug Wright