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18
May

When I set off on my first cross-country bike ride, I was on a mission to find people who love their job. Convinced they must be remarkable people, I wanted to track down these unicorns and interview them for a documentary I was producing. But in my quest, I discovered that people aren’t remarkable because […]

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10
May

I went to the Kentucky Derby with a colorful hat but no clue about horse racing. I quickly discovered that betting on horses is like picking people for your team – knowing their backstory is essential to creating their front story. On advice from a friend, I placed a $2 bet on every race just […]

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04
May

A pause for self-reflection in the midst of chaos… If we ponder for a moment before walking into a conversation, a meeting, or an altercation, to ask ourselves: “Is this the biggest difference I can make?” …could we reshape the outcome by adjusting our approach? This specific adage interrupted my reaction to an offensive driver […]

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27
Apr

When I spent a week in Bali recently, I was awestruck by the monkeys, elephants, temples, villages, hospitable people, and … homeless dogs. It felt discordant with the extremely kind and caring Hindu culture. But according to our guide (and fast friend) Putri, Balinese dogs are irrelevant. While the dogs are not mangy or abused, they […]

19
Apr

Each day we interact with countless people, exchanging pleasantries as we proceed. “How are you?” How was your weekend?” “What’s new?” “How was school today?” And as we are asking, we anticipate their one-word responses: “Good” “Great” “Nothing” “Fine.” 1-inch questions yield 1-inch responses. And yet these quick interactions are vital to our survival, ensuring […]

05
Apr

A battle cry is what we shout as we run onto the proverbial battle field in pursuit of victory! William Wallace in the movie Braveheart: They may take our land but they’ll never take our freedom! JFK: We shall pay any price to assure the survival and the success of liberty. Starbucks: We are inspiring and nurturing the human […]

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29
Mar

Just when we thought bullying was the most injurious, research reveals that ignoring is actually worse. This reality can be explained by our basic human needs: to be recognized and accepted to interact, connect, and belong to matter   When we fight, at least we are interacting and connecting – the altercation evidence that the people in it […]

22
Mar

South Carolina Gamecocks beat the Duke Blue Devils in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in a major upset this week. But it was the Gamecocks Coach Frank Martin’s display of unabashed passion and courage that was most remarkable. Outside the stadium before the game in Greenville, SC, protestors positioned a large Confederate flag, ensuring everyone […]

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