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This week’s solar eclipse offered an opportunity to enjoy the awe of a rare natural phenomenon. As I watched our tiny moon obscure its outsized partner in the sky, things became very quiet. People paused. Mass undivided attention was shared by hundreds at our venue. Curiosity and wonder reigned for some time before, during, and […]

I was expelled from preschool for an art infraction. Even at that young age, I had my own vision of the world (and it didn’t include trees that looked like green balls on brown sticks.) When I wouldn’t redraw my version in the likeness of my teacher’s, my mother was called and informed that she’d […]

You don’t have to look far to find an article or warning about the half-life of the workforce’s current capacity and the urgent need to upskill, re-skill, and pre-skill workers to future-proof both their careers and their organizations. It seemed like hyperbole when just a couple of years ago, the World Economic Forum predicted that […]

Today’s workplace – and the world in general – are all about optimization. We use phone apps to order a cup of coffee, weekly groceries, and more for quick pick-up – sometimes without even having to exit our cars. We try to keep up with the ‘speed of business’ by scheduling back-to-back-to-back meetings with little […]

So, another employee thinks they want to be a manager, huh? A lot of people do. From a distance, the status, influence, power, and salaries can look pretty attractive. But up close – standing in your shoes – the experience can be very different! In fact, many managers in my workshops describe the experience as […]

A frequent dinner-time question when my children were young was, ‘If you could have one superpower, what would it be?’ (followed by, ‘Do I really have to eat my vegetables?’) After a thoughtful exploration of super-human strength, telekinesis, invisibility, telepathy, shapeshifting, and x-ray vision, I always settled on ‘seeing the future’. Being able to take […]