Empathy vs. Sympathy

Note: Each Thursday I post a little something to inspire us to finish the week strong. These Thursday Thoughts vary … a quote, poem, photograph, or video.  Congratulations, you made it over the hump and let’s finish the week together. What is empathy and why does it matter for leaders and everyone in our often disconnected modern... Continue Reading →

A Photographer’s Eye

The family moved quickly across the Boston Common. Our hotel was on the other side and today this beautiful park was nothing more than a shortcut.   When we walk together, I either blaze a trail ahead or I fall back with eyes wide open. On this day, I walked slowly and fell behind as I... Continue Reading →

Whispers, Song and Never Silent

Listen. Some days she whispers; other days she sings, but never is she silent. We need only listen. A couple of nights ago I had dinner with my oldest son and listened to his plan to journey once more to the heartland and find his own way.  Independence and honest work is his immediate goal.  So... Continue Reading →

The Cult of the Average

Recently I read a study prepared by DDI (Development Dimensions International), a well established training company.  In my training days I was certified in several DDI programs - good stuff. In the comprehensive study, leaders from a variety of organizations reported on the state of leadership development within their organizations.  They identified gaps in leadership... Continue Reading →

#dreamday

Today is the 50th anniversary of the speech Martin Luther King Jr. made at the base of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC concerning Civil Rights.   The speech is widely considered one of the best in American history and remains an inspiration. I visited Washington DC last week and saw the early preparation for the remembrance... Continue Reading →

Joy, Serenity, Love and Employee Engagement

Employee engagement, all the rage. Corporate America is all over it starting with Human Resources, behaving as they discovered that next great thing, to senior leaders talking the talk and measuring results. Everyone expecting improvement, big improvement. Yet, no profound change. The level of disengagement for American workers remains high. The Gallup organization, the highly respected polling and... Continue Reading →

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