On Transience

Outside my office window the wind comes up in a tree that yesterday had been a single big red bonfire. Now, half the branches are bare, the leaves tossed around and away like bright embers. I’ve missed the photograph I had wanted to take of the full red tree. Meanwhile the lake across the street […]


On Insecurity

A fair number of my clients — managers and executives — at some point in our work together express insecurity. This takes many different forms, from wondering about their value as leaders to worrying they are imposters to a clear avoidance of tough topics or evident conflicts in their relationships. It comes through as a […]


On Not Wanting to Know

I attended a conference lately on open science where one of the speakers discussed how we can now create detailed human genetic profiles. For example, it is possible to give a pregnant woman or a new mom knowledge of all the diseases to which her baby might be susceptible. But, it turns out, there’s a […]


What If

What if at the center of the labyrinth you found only a little boy, frightened, frail as a moth’s wing? How could such a creature survive the world’s crude play, the knife in the eye of the stranger? No one knows how hard the casing of a seed or the true meaning of of a […]