Category Archives: Openness

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 beings […]

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 […]

How to Talk to Each Other About Each Other

Over the years, work­ing with both indi­vid­u­als and teams, the chal­lenge recre­ates itself again and again: we fail to talk to each oth­er about each oth­er. We’d rather han­dle what­ev­er dif­fi­cul­ties we face in our rela­tion­ships at work in almost any oth­er way. “Sep­a­rate the prob­lem from the peo­ple,” says the guru, yet I’m here […]