Tag: leadership

  • The Art of Storytelling

    The Art of Storytelling

    All stories are about change. Geometry and structure are the tools of good storytelling. Every time you have a character reacting or adapting to a situation, going through trials, and returning changed, you have a story. Stories are about transformation. They follow a rhythm: biological (life, death), psychological (conscious, unconscious), and societal (order, chaos). Joseph…

  • Federico Fellini on Storytelling and the Ultimate Change

    Federico Fellini on Storytelling and the Ultimate Change

    [Federico Fellini with Marcello Mastroianni in a pause during the filming of 8½]   “It's the story of a man like there are many: the story of a man who has reached a point of stagnation, a total traffic jam that strangles him.” 8½ was Fellini's autobiographical movie. He admits so himself in a bizarre…

  • Three of the Best Books on Being Human

    Three of the Best Books on Being Human

    “Well that's, like, just your opinion, man!” as the The Big Lebowski would say. We see the world from our point of view. It's the human condition. We all like to believe that our view of the world is the right one. Being human is complicated, but all other species are taken. So we might…

  • Doing Work that Lasts

    Doing Work that Lasts

    “We're like blocks of stone, out of which the sculptor carves the forms of men.” Nigel Hawthorne was standing in front of me asking a very difficult question. “The blows of his chisel, which hurt us so much, are what make us perfect. The suffering in the world is not the failure of God's love…

  • Escaping the Business Paradox

    Escaping the Business Paradox

    Trends are easier to see looking back. Even better, when there is some objective method for documenting occurrences and developments over time. On a personal level, a journal kept for years allows you to peak into a former self. Working on a resume has a similar effect of prompting you to look back on your…

  • Why Build a Company

    Why Build a Company

    57 million people are working as freelancers in the U.S. right now. 10 million more people worked as freelancers in 2019 than in 2014.# Flexibility is among the top reasons why people choose to go the freelance route. Within that umbrella, the ability to work from anywhere is critical for many. Some freelancing is accidental…

  • Cultural Curiosity: the Power of Simple Questions

    Cultural Curiosity: the Power of Simple Questions

    [Olivetti Valentine 1960s ad#] “Many past events have taught me that culture is a very male-dominated sector.” This from an interview with philosopher Ilaria Gaspari# got me thinking about my chosen field of work. It shows as an assumption that women don't have a universal gaze. Yet, everyone wonders about human desires in ways big…

  • Working to Build Together: Words are not Enough

    Working to Build Together: Words are not Enough

    “The hands are an extension of the heart,” goes an Italian saying. In fact, they say that if you want to see how big your heart is, you close your fist. That's about the size of it. But open hands are much more practical for work. And we have much work to do. As if…

  • Changing Habits, Behaviors, and Attitudes: What will Stick?

    Changing Habits, Behaviors, and Attitudes: What will Stick?

    I've been thinking about the question of change that sticks more in the past two months than I have in the past twenty years. Because pandemics have a way of focusing attention on the few things that matter to people. The impossibility of predicting something in the early days of a fluid and complex environment…

  • 4 Questions with Mike Wagner, Founder, White Rabbit Group

    4 Questions with Mike Wagner, Founder, White Rabbit Group

    Mike Wagner and I met a dozen years ago through a common professional interest in branding and business. We both believe in the power of questions to start conversations that can take you to unexpected places. He is the Founder and Sr. Facilitator at White Rabbit. His work is to form leaders that unlock the…