Little lessons on leadership and life.

Close Call, Frankly Speaking

In 2005-06, I wrote a personal blog that was quite popular at the time among friends. The primary content was reflections on a listless mid-30s single life in the city.  I saved those posts, and I occasionally go back and read them for kicks.There are a few gems, posts that were particularly popular at the… More »

Avoid damage by relying on a lesson we learned as kids

For anyone who’s ever had to deal with a disgruntled employee, this is a great read. Disgruntled associates can inflict a special kind of pain. Just ask the leaders of the $100 million cheating-website company AshleyMadison, reeling from the data-breach work of an unhappy associate. The guidance from employment law and human resources experts is to… More »

Little web-design shop rethinks how its done

I’m swooning over a quite new kind of web-design shop that I’ve recently come to know. My colleague and good friend Scott Warner has used them twice in recent monts and calls them “way ahead of the curve.” My colleague Sean Donohue, who’s an exacting individual, thinks first recommended them to us because they’re so… More »

The toughest of decisions

Three weeks ago, we put my wonderful 84-year-old mom in an assisted living facility for dementia patients. She had been living with my partner and me for six months and on again off again for years. But almost overnight, she came to require more care and attention than we could provide, or at least that we could… More »

Great reviews follow biggest facilitation gig yet

I recently facilitated a two-day strategic-planning retreat for the board of directors of a nonprofit that does national advocacy work in the area of outdoor recreation. Facilitation of strategy-setting and planning exercises for nonprofits is something I’ve been dabbling in. It’s fun and different. Yet this was the most challenging gig I’ve tackled yet, and I had some trepidation…. More »