The Art of Adaptability: Lessons from Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez

The Art of Adaptability: Lessons from Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez

LIke the most knowledgeable Kayaking guides, the best leaders practice being adaptable  as they constantly check the tenor of the environment—consistently considering external forces or trends that may impact the organization, be they political, social, cultural or environmental. And then flex, shift direction, even re-invent oneself and the company.

The Gardeners in Our Lives... Helping Us to Bloom

The Gardeners in Our Lives... Helping Us to Bloom

There are many patient and kind gardeners in our lives, who nurture and encourage us to blossom and bloom.  Many of our successes we owe to them.  These are the gardeners who I will always treasure. 

The Wind Can Make Us Resilient

The Wind Can Make Us Resilient

Like windblown trees, adversity can strengthen us – creating resiliency – that maybe we didn’t know we had. Buffeted by adversity and challenged by forces that make us dig deep, we can survive and thrive.

THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE...

THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE...

Silence can be beautiful, meditative, and peaceful., but it is not an excuse for saying nothing about injustice – or not listening to the voices of those who are hurting for this is what surely creates darkness.  
 

Spin a Dream...

Spin a Dream...

Each day presents an opportunity to dream, to think fresh about ourselves, our careers, the products and services we offer to others.

Manage by Walking!

Manage by Walking!

Often we become glued to our screens, communicating so easily with staff, partners and customers/clients.  Yet, to understand and engage with others, we should remember the importance of getting up from our desks and take a walk among your team.  

Oh, The Choices We Make!

Oh, The Choices We Make!

We are faced with so many choices, directions, paths to take.  A personal leadership statement will help reveal our core purpose, guiding these decisions. 

4 Key Traits To Becoming an Authentic Leader

4 Key Traits To Becoming an Authentic Leader

You would have had to be under a rock for the past five years to not have heard about the value of authenticity. I'm talking about authenticity as a brand and authenticity as a leader.

The reason for so much discussion is clear. Millennials, now the largest consumer group in the U.S., not only value authenticity but they demand it.

I need look no farther than at my own 20-something sons.

Homogeneity isn't a default setting for them...

Practice What You Preach

Practice What You Preach

More than ever, spin doesn’t cut it and people will “sniff” us out. Our behaviors and activities NEED to be in alignment with what we believe.  It's about being authentic and reflecting our values. 

Why Become a Benefit Corporation Now

Why Become a Benefit Corporation Now

Hope.

Hope for the environment.

Hope for social justice.

Hope for business.

And hope for the world.

You see, we believe we are at that proverbial crossroad where there is no more time...

Getting Along

Getting Along

Creating a team that works together means respecting the differences we all bring to the table.  Dog Parks provide a  valuable lesson on how to get along and create a pack that protects one another. 

Letting Go and Saying No

Letting Go and Saying No

Thoughtful consideration of what to let go of and what to say “no” to is hard but may be the best way to focus, prioritize and achieve growth for an organization.

Honor the Season, Not Just the Holiday

Honor the Season, Not Just the Holiday

Open Our Minds to the Celebrations of Others -- We all celebrate this season differently – be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, Festivus or New Year’s Eve. While focusing on our own unique religious and cultural holidays, we can also respect with kindness other holidays of the season in our journey to understanding and respecting others.

The Story of Ebenezer Scrooge: 10 Lessons for the Workplace

The Story of Ebenezer Scrooge: 10 Lessons for the Workplace

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge, and the lessons of kindness and greed ring even more true today. It is about valuing the other as much as self and being generous to those who may not have as much as we do. It is a story of joy…in celebrating compassion, empathy towards others. There are some important leadership lessons inspired by this classic tale. 

Are You a Dreamcatcher?  How to Support Staff

Are You a Dreamcatcher? How to Support Staff

Supporting staff -- "having their back" is one of the most important traits of conscientious leaders. It's the philosophy of the dream catcher--  allowing the good dreams to pass through, and being there to deter  the negativity that may arise. 

Mistakes Make the Mighty!

Mistakes Make the Mighty!

 Welcome mistakes in ourselves and in others, as missteps and even failures are the seeds for a continual path of learning and self- improvement.

Lesson from 40,000 Feet: The Search for Happiness

Lesson from 40,000 Feet: The Search for Happiness

Man, did I feel happy.

For starters, I experienced sunny, moderate temperatures six of the seven days of my Thanksgiving week in New England. I explored new places with my son and daughter-in-law in Cambridge and in Gloucester. And I ate delicious food prepared by my girlfriend’s family, not to mention a few favorite local restaurants (Nick's Roast Beef in Beverly, MA anyone?).

Even with all the turmoil that is going on in the world today, I found myself feeling joyous and grateful flying back to Portland in seat 24E as I reflected on my week.

But what was the reason I asked myself for this blissful condition...