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Coming Down After Cresting

Coming Down After Cresting

We’ve all experienced highs in our lives as we reach the top of a big wave that may have swelled for a long time: winning a prize, securing something we’ve been working toward for years, getting married, having a baby, buying a house, going on a big trip, starting a...

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Trust

Trust

One of the most important components of a healthy, functional workplace is trust. And yet in many ways, trust remains a little elusive. We all know what it is, even though we rarely put it into words. Allow me to try: trust is to believe in someone despite...

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Facilitating Through Storytelling

Facilitating Through Storytelling

Stories have always been a vital way for humans to communicate—across ancient campfires, in handwritten manuscripts, and now on television, in movies, and books. I wonder, though, if in our current age we’re missing opportunities to engage the full power of stories. I...

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Innovation and the Management of Change

Innovation and the Management of Change

In our time of accelerated technological growth, it seems we’ve come to prize innovation above almost everything else, even in non-technological realms. I was recently reminded that striking a balance between bold innovation and existing wisdom is essential for...

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Cultivating Boredom

Cultivating Boredom

Lately I’ve been cultivating boredom. If someone had told me when I was eight years old that one day I’d make myself bored on purpose, I’d have laughed at them. I could never understand why my mother always said that being bored is good for you. When I came of age,...

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Negative Comments

Negative Comments

A bronze sculpture I was commissioned to create was unveiled recently, and reading various reactions on social media opened my eyes to something I need to work on. The response to this public art piece has been largely very positive—and I’m grateful—but there have...

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Thinking Out Loud:  Letting Go

Thinking Out Loud: Letting Go

This week I’m thinking about how to work through sadness when our time with someone comes to an end. A very good friend of mine announced the other day that he was leaving North America to pursue a dream. I felt so frustrated at this news, and as I worked through my...

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