In the Middle, Be Still

To gain empathy, we need to be still. Added to stillness, we need to energize our middle and commit to action in which we construct more common ground. A result – mindfulness activated.

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Experiences: The Best Gift of All

Experiences are gifts. While experiences have tangible elements, the intangibles last longer. What lasts are the memories relived, relationships developed, and insights gained. We spend time finding the perfect gift, only to give up and buy a gift card. What people remember more is the lunch to a unique place with an engaging, full-attention conversation….

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Peace in Two

  Loud softens. Silence speaks. Peace returns. Peace renews. Conflict breaks. Civility grows. Peace reaches. Peace spreads. Violence halts. Empathy grips. Peace hurts. Peace heals. Strong bends. Weak strengthens. Peace stirs. Peace waits. Patience fades. Work quickens. Peace alludes. Peace endures.  

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3 Signs Your Boss Has Your Back

Want to do well in your career? Pick a job you love. In an article in Fortune, Erin “Mack” McKelvey, CEO of SalientMG, confesses that if she could go back in time and give her 22-year old self-advice, one of those nuggets would be to pick a role wisely. She explains that if being an assistant…

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Giving Is Easy. Receiving Is Hard.

Giving is easy. With new technologies, we can tweet, text, and click our gifts. I believe most people are good. I believe most people will offer an extended hand or a gift of time to help another. I believe many people jump in and give money to social good and causes that resonate within and…

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Generational Empathy: Setting an Example

Effective partnerships are interactive ones, creating value in each exchange. Value is key. What is value? Value relates to worth, and it needs to be additive. Going solo gives you the thick skin to weather the storms and take on the tough leadership challenges. Working with others gives you an added perspective, an extra hand,…

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The Trouble with Distractions

Have you spent much time alone in your life? Have you ever lived by yourself? Have you traveled without company? I grew up in a busy home with two siblings and a revolving door welcoming family and friends any time – the house was never quiet! When I moved away from my parents home at…

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How Do You Operationalize Empathy?

How do you operationalize empathy? This is the essential leadership and business challenge for us, and we need to address empathy as a way to lead.

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Top Themes to Pull Forward from 2013

This past year has been amazing. The amazing year is primarily due to the engaging conversations from a thoughtful and thought-provoking community. My gratitude is immense to the community of readers and the writers of guest posts and insightful comments. During this past year, my blog continued to concentrate on leadership topics but I made…

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Creating An Intergenerational Mindset

Guest Post by Dan Oestreich Many years ago I listened to the late Santiago Rodriguez, then Director of Multicultural Programs at Apple Computer. He was discussing trends at the time in training programs to broaden diversity awareness in organizations. He recounted how many organizations had developed sessions to elaborate the primary characteristics of various races…

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Empathy: Making the Connection

To have empathy, we first need to make the human connection. Our call to action is two-fold: Reach out and open up.

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