In a World of Perpetual Newbies, we all must join the Perpetual Learners Group – (insight from Kevin Kelly’s The Inevitable, & thoughts on learning organizations)

In this era of “becoming,” everyone becomes a newbie. Worse, we will be newbies forever. That should keep us humble. That bears repeating. All of us—every one of us—will be endless newbies in the future simply trying to keep up. Endless Newbie is the new default for everyone, no matter your age or experience. Now… Read More In a World of Perpetual Newbies, we all must join the Perpetual Learners Group – (insight from Kevin Kelly’s The Inevitable, & thoughts on learning organizations)

My lessons and takeaways from Housing First: Ending Homelessness, Transforming Systems, and Changing Lives

  There are homeless people in our midst, all across our land. People without a home of their own. And, among these homeless people, there are some who are “chronically homeless – in other words, they will be homeless if the “rest of us” do not do something to help them. And the best help… Read More My lessons and takeaways from Housing First: Ending Homelessness, Transforming Systems, and Changing Lives

The Ongoing Rise of Shallow Work – Insight from Deep Work by Cal Newport, Deep Work

This post prompted by this: I recently revisited Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport, one of the most important books I’ve read in recent times. There is long-accepted wisdom that we do too much “urgent’ and too little “important” work. Here’s a way to think about this with… Read More The Ongoing Rise of Shallow Work – Insight from Deep Work by Cal Newport, Deep Work

Everything needs to get better. Everything. – Living in an era of “what’s about to change next?”

Everything needs to get better. Everything. After nearly two decades of presenting synopses of business books, and books on social justice including books on poverty, education, and homelessness, I’m ready to state the obvious: Everything needs to get better – and, it can get better Everything needs to be done in a better way –… Read More Everything needs to get better. Everything. – Living in an era of “what’s about to change next?”

For the homeless, cities are discovering Housing First – It is humane; it is smart; and it works

Benches were redesigned with armrests or uneven surfaces to prevent reclining; low border walls had fencing or planters along their surfaces to prevent sitting. Use of security fencing, razor wire, and “no trespassing” signs went up as did security cameras and guard services. A social media storm erupted in June 2014 when a luxury apartment… Read More For the homeless, cities are discovering Housing First – It is humane; it is smart; and it works

Complex – Simple – Complex – Making the complex simple, easy to understand and use, is quite a challenge, isn’t it?

I recently heard a comment from a British politician on the current state of the world. His comment was simple – the world is too complex for simple answers. (Paraphrased from memory: Sorry; do not have the link, and did not catch the name of the politician). I was intrigued by his thought. I think… Read More Complex – Simple – Complex – Making the complex simple, easy to understand and use, is quite a challenge, isn’t it?

How to Bring about Change, and other thoughts – insights from Sir Ken Robinson’s Creative Schools

If you’ve never watched Ken Robinson’s TED Talk, Do Schools Kill Creativity?, then you are behind the times. It is the most viewed TED Talk ever. (Click here to watch it). Although, from his book Creative Schools: “I know that’s not as many views as Miley Cyrus gets. But I don’t twerk.” His book is… Read More How to Bring about Change, and other thoughts – insights from Sir Ken Robinson’s Creative Schools

To Speak Well, it’s all about…everything – voice, words, movements, gestures, facial expressions

The most accurate way to predict reaction to a debate is to watch it with the sound turned off. James Fallows, When Donald Meets Hillary: Who will win the debates? Trump’s approach was an important part of his strength in the primaries. But will it work when he faces Clinton onstage? For example, Nalini Ambady,… Read More To Speak Well, it’s all about…everything – voice, words, movements, gestures, facial expressions

Willful blindness: We are all starting to see it seemingly everywhere – Reflecting on Wells Fargo’s ethical “lapse”

Once the idea of willful blindness lodged in my mind, I started to see it everywhere. Margaret Heffernan, Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril In a statement following the settlement, Wells Fargo said, “Wells Fargo reached these agreements consistent with our commitment to customers and in the interest of putting this… Read More Willful blindness: We are all starting to see it seemingly everywhere – Reflecting on Wells Fargo’s ethical “lapse”

Kind of a Rant about Feeling No Longer Young and thus Out of Touch – and Thinking about focused Book Reading

Many years ago, I spent some time, in conversation, and in speaking arenas, with a historian. He once told me this: “Randy, I live in the last century. And you live in the next century.” I have always been enamored with what’s next. I’ve read books on future trends from my earliest days of my work… Read More Kind of a Rant about Feeling No Longer Young and thus Out of Touch – and Thinking about focused Book Reading