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A blog about organizations, people, change, happiness, culture, design, leadership, and more.

Beginner's mind

Life is transformation. Nature offers us so many ways to see this reality in motion. Everything and everyone is connected in a web of life where the primary imperative is clear and inescapable: learn and evolve to survive. To meet this transformational imperative, we must continue to reinvent ourselves. To do this, we begin again, revisiting our intention, our beliefs, and our practice. Read More

Happiness is now

Like most people, I like to be happy, and I look for moments of happiness in my day. But what if looking for happiness is what leads us away from it. What if it only exists right here in the now. Marshall Goldsmith, an executive coach who practices Zen, has a simple philosophy about happiness: be happy now. His point is this: happiness is not somewhere in the future or in the past. It is here in this moment, right here, right now. Read More

Selling Yourself: Long or Short

Public relations is the art and science of influencing behavior. I learned it from the best. I've moved on from that career, but the skills I learned are like a best friend. We could all use some of this "how to" wisdom because we spend a lot of our time each day influencing someone to do something, even if it is to do nothing. Read More

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Your world in a cup

With all the busyness of life, it is easy to get lost in the trees and lose our ability to see the bigger picture. Sometimes we simply take things for granted and lose our ability to appreciate all the miracles around us. If you can relate, think about the miracle of a having a cup of coffee in the morning. What is required to make a cup of coffee in the morning? It turns out that your cup of coffee in the morning requires everything in our universe, everything from the stars to the soil.Read More

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The nature of change

Change is ubiquitous. It is the process of life. No matter what we do, we are always standing in the middle of change. Everything in our world is constantly changing in form. For organizational leaders, this reality of constant change translates to uncertainty. Organizations must adapt continually, adjusting business strategies to meet changes in their external environment. We know this to be true, and yet we still struggle with change.Read More

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A skill for all seasons

After completing an undergrad degree in public relations, I practiced PR for 12 years at HP. Everything that followed in my career benefited from this foundation in communications. If I was given a redo in life, one thing I would not change is my education in public relations. The ability to communicate is perhaps the most valuable human skill and the one skill that is useful at all times. Read More

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The dark side of color

Racism has been a part of America from the beginning. Engrained in our systems and institutions, racism is a systemic cultural problem, going back to the days of slavery—the belief that some humans, particularly humans with dark colored skin, are a lesser being and can be used as slaves for work. We can trace the systemic inequities back to the design of our education system, which continues today to create a disadvantaged population, again, mostly for people of color, those with darker skin color. Read More

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Organizations as Catalysts

At the heart of all work is this human structure we know as the organization, where work occurs mostly in small groups. When we think of change in the world, most of this work occurs in small groups working in organizations. It makes sense then, that we focus on improving the intent and structure of our organizations if we want to improve our world, because organizations are, in many ways, the catalyst of change. Read More

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Design by intention

At the heart of all work is this human structure we know as the organization, where work occurs mostly in small groups. When we think of change in the world, most of this work occurs in small groups working in organizations. It makes sense then, that we focus on improving the intent and structure of our organizations if we want to improve our world, because organizations are, in many ways, the catalyst of change.

The dictionary defines a catalyst as—something that causes activity between two or more persons or forces; a person or thing that influences an event or change. Organizations can be forces that inspire and influence the world, if we design them better, as communities, for example. Read More