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 Workplace Depersonalization

I have been thinking a lot lately about workplace depersonalization. Let me give you a couple of examples. True stories. I go for a doctor’s appointment and am sitting in the waiting area while others check in. One of the receptionists says to an older, incoming patient: “Oh, hello! It’s so nice to see you! […]


Awkward Leadership

Among the many emotions associated with leading others, one is hardly mentioned: awkwardness. And yet, time and again, the places where things can change are in the awkward moments, made up of social discomfort, imprecise words and tensions that we hope sometimes too desperately are on their way to being overcome. We can think of […]


The Context

Out of nature comes a sense of ultimate context. Writer Gary Ferguson asks: “…who wouldn’t feel a twitch of bewilderment to think that 99.99999 percent of our body is comprised of the empty space that exists between the electrons, neutrons, and protons — each one of those an element of the atoms that give us […]