We don’t see the signs very often, but occasionally we do. Anybody over a certain age will remember the familiar yellow and black rectangular signs that marked Cold War era public fallout shelters. Survivors would be able to go to these shelters following a nuclear attack and be “safe” from radioactive fallout. These signs were…Read more Fallout
Prudence in The Age of Science “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana We can’t change the past, and we should not spend time and energy dwelling on our own and other people’s mistakes. But we should use the insight and understanding history provides to help us make better…Read more What’s Coming ‘Round the Bend?
Have you ever noticed how we seem to only use addition, never subtraction? Let me explain. We just keep adding layers, until our lives, personal and professional, look like a game of pickup sticks. When things go wrong, it's hard to figure out exactly which stick to pick to fix it. We know about the…Read more We Add But Rarely Subtract
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams What is a leader? How do you become a leader? How does a leader act? Good questions, with many good, if not always clear, answers. Some leaders are hired to their position, others…Read more A New Way to Lead
We spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to make better connections; with our customers, with our co-workers, with our employees, with each other. Basic human connections and strong relationships can be elusive. We make strong connections with some people, but it can be a struggle to expand beyond our immediate circle.…Read more Four Simple Actions to Build Better Connections
Millennials have ascended to the height of societal importance and are currently the central and universal topic of conversation. They now outnumber the previous generational focus; the Baby Boom. Millennials have spurred a virtual cottage industry of experts and analysts focusing on how to best integrate this largest of demographic slices into the world, and…Read more Boomers and Xers and Millennials, Oh My!
Anxiety. Depression. A search of these two words returns millions of articles that explore the rapid and persistent increase of these conditions over the last 80 years. No one is quite sure why, there have been studies, research, and theories, but no clear conclusions. The post-WWII world is different; what we take for granted today didn’t…Read more Certainty & Empowerment
There’s a commercial on-air recently that features two young singles on a blind date. They speak openly about the backup plans for the evening and the rescue texts from their roommate that they have arranged. The tagline is, “Wouldn't it be great if everybody said what they meant?” It would be great. How often do…Read more Eliminate Subtext
Do you remember when you could fly? All you had to do was take a towel off the clothesline, use clothespins to attach it to the shoulders of your t-shirt and off into the sky you would soar! Do you remember when you could be anything, do anything, go anywhere? Do you remember when there…Read more Make Believe Again
Our rapid pace, tech-laden, world has produced a paradox. Well, maybe not produced, I can’t prove causation, but there definitely seems to be a correlation. At least to this guy. Years ago, around a campfire with my wife and our friend, Owen, we came to the conclusion that the internal combustion engine was society’s tipping…Read more Community, Communication, and Commitment