Category Archives: Openness

If It’s Not a Clear Yes, It’s a No

If it’s not a clear yes, it’s a no. The phrase tests our clarity and commitment. It doesn’t apply in every situation that might be answered, “maybe, maybe not.” Not everything can be or should be clear cut. But the phrase may have distinctive value when it is a way of asking ourselves about situations […]

On “The End of Suffering” by Thích Nhất Hạnh

An arresting meditation by Thích Nhất Hạnh came back to me the other day. I first posted it seven years ago. I encourage you to listen to it again or for the first time. The End of Suffering May the sound of this bell penetrate deep into the cosmos Even in the darkest spots living […]

The Tender Spot

I am designing a new leadership workshop and recently I asked a friend and colleague for some feedback about the design. As we reviewed the materials and exercises, he stopped at one point and said, “I think you are going too fast here. What you are asking people to share about themselves in this part […]

On Redemption

As a helper to people navigating their lives at work, I want to bring the very best of myself to every exchange. Yet there are times when the best of myself would never be enough. The solutions to the deep challenges that people face follow no special formula; for example, the linked, uphill struggles to […]