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Proud vs Perfect

If anything was going to touch my propensity for perfection, it was writing a book. It did.  And it has. The mental wrangling that it…

How to Compete, Part 2

Remember that barista I wrote about back in February?  The one who made it her business to know my name and drink order and have…

Not Betting the Farm

The greenhouse operation started from scratch and grown to significant success wasn’t a greenhouse operation when we began.  It was a flower farm, modeled after…

Can We Pause For a Moment?

My best friend and I were exchanging girlish squeals of excitement at seeing one another, our usual greeting of the last twenty five years, and…

Light Yourself On Fire

Steve Haggerty was his name. And he spoke with a thick, South African accent that I initially strained to understand. He was on fire, a…

How to Compete

“Sarah?” she said. Then, once again, a bit louder: “Sarah!” I was second in line from the register.  Although I heard my name, it was…

Default Settings

Last week, I had the honor of being sandwiched between the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and a former Director of the…

Giving Conformity Its Due

During a recent conversation with my best friend, who works with systems thinking, I asked the rhetorical question of where in the heck we ever…

The One Thing

I once arrived at the annual strategic retreat of a senior leadership team to find that they’d been in an intense brainstorming session for two…

Rightful Companions

“It’s supposed to be hard,” she said. I’m working on my book, staring at a blank page a lot of the time. My friend told…

Post-Pie Reading

In the spirit of Thanksgiving this week in the US, wishing you and yours an abundance of all good things. Want some reading post-pie?  Check…

Leading Into the Future

How do we lead into the future? How will we tackle the challenges before us?  Where will we put our focus, time, and attention? Who…

News!

If you’re a moviegoer (and, frankly, even if you’re not), you’ll likely want to get to a theater next month when Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime…