When you were a little lass or lad, did you dream about the future?   I figured by now we’d experience stuff like routine space or at least easy and cheap world-wide travel.  I thought bullets would be replaced by lasers.  I didn’t know about cars – I suppose I didn’t think it would be like […]

“Faith Stones”

When you think of the word “faith,” what comes to mind?  Is it the measure of your belief in God?  Or do you think of faith as a thin, mostly irrational life-line that tethers people to their ideals?  I submit that faith is a critical component to effective inter-personal communication.  In this week’s thought, I […]

Where Training Falls Short

Over the past decade plus, I’ve been privileged to help people develop themselves.  I have striven (admittedly in fits and starts) to develop myself for quite a bit longer than that.  One thing along the way has always irked me.  I noticed that, except for a minority, most people will not systematically invest the time […]

Brand: You

If you had to choose one thing that you want a prospective employer or customer to remember about you, what would it be? If you were at a job interview, what would be the main impression you would want to make with the interviewer? Perhaps an answer to these questions comes easily to your mind. […]

Fertile Soil

How fertile is the soil in your organization? By that I mean how effectively do the culture and attitude of the people on your team nurture and develop (and thereby maximize) the contributions of individual team members? How does your prevailing inter-personal communication environment support or undermine developmental conditions? Borrowing from Chauncey Gardner (Chance the […]

The “One Thing”

Remember the movie “City Slickers?”  The theme of this classic comedy, written by the brilliant team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, is that we struggle in life when we forget what is most important to us.  It’s summed up in a poignant scene between Mitch (Billy Crystal) and Curly (Jack Palance.)  Curly, a weathered, […]

The Wisdom of Forrest Gump

If you’re not familiar with the movie, go watch it as soon as you can – it’s that good.  It was made as a social commentary about American society from the late sixties to the early eighties.  Either intentionally, accidentally, or both, the filmmakers transcend mundane observation and capture timeless wisdom.  This is a movie […]