Work Deeply and Then Be Done

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This post is written for those of you who are Type A, driven, goal oriented, and who have trouble slowing down and appreciating downtime.  If you know how to work deeply, now you need to learn how to “be done” with work.   As the saying goes, “work hard and play hard.”  A few of my recent posts have been …

Example Of Peace, Courage, and Compassion

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One of the themes that emerged for my book “Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts” was:  Leaders Connect with Empathy and Compassion.  When I asked how to do this, they gave ideas that are included in the book.  But this post can also add value for anyone in a leadership position.  Learn from a police officer who learned …

When We Need Community The Most: Where Is Everyone?

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Several of my recent posts have been on the need for leaders to build community in workplaces because of the growing disease of social isolation.  In fact, I was recently giving a talk at a technology conference about the importance of “disconnecting to connect.” But where is everyone when we need them most?  Where is our community of people we …

Learning from Life Experience: Predicting the Future and Reflecting on the Past

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In workshops, I often ask these two questions: What is the difference between getting older and becoming an elder? What are the differences between someone who is aging and someone who is becoming a sage or sage-ing? The responses usually include wisdom:  someone who is wise and shares wisdom.  Then I ask, “How do we become wise?”  Just because we …

Vulnerability is a Leadership Strength

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Vulnerability is a leadership strength. This was the title of one of the chapters in my book Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts.  But the editor from my publishing company did not think that title would resonate with male leaders.  So the chapter is called:  Leaders Connect with Empathy and Compassion. I still believe vulnerability is a strength, yet …

Living in Portfolio Mode

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Living in portfolio mode as defined by David Corbett in his book Portfolio Life involves investing in yourself, but it also means spending time exploring and discovering what interests you right now and what you are going to do about it.  This blog post is going to summarize some advice I share in my Sage-ing Workshops about moving onto what’s next. …

In the New Reality: We Are All Self-Employed

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We are living in a new world of uncertainty. Industries, companies, and positions are disappearing –causing lingering fear and mistrust. As a result, there is a shift in the way people connect with their organizations (employee contract) and expectations. The old reality (old paradigm) was based on employee performance, loyalty, dependence, and commitment. In return, organization had an obligation to …

Invest in a Portfolio Life

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Recently, I participated in a “Transition to Retirement Summit” where I got to listen to several people over the course of three days via webinar interviews.  This Summit was organized and facilitated by Marianne Oehser who I plan to interview for my monthly podcast series titled Becoming a Sage.   My podcasts are sent out as blog posts on the second Friday …

Why Relationships Matter

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In my leadership courses, workshops, and coaching, I require people to read the “Corner Office” by Adam Bryant in the Sunday New York Times.  Bryant interviews CEOs and other senior leaders and I always learn something new or it reinforces something I believe and advocate. I also am an avid reader of every word of the New York Times Style Section on Sundays.  While …

Love Needs To Be Be All Around

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Outside of my office is a big digital rotating billboard and last week it flashed a large black and white photo of Mary Tyler Moore (MTM) and 1937-2017.  It seemed as if every time I looked out of my office window her photo was staring right at me.  It brought back so many good memories and I could remember her …