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Pruning Our Olive Trees

I am on a small island in Croatia today.  I have come to visit a friend who moved from Southern California to tend to an olive orchid that has been in her family for centuries. It is quiet here. On the island, time and priorities slow as activities are directed primarily by nature. As we walk the orchid this morning, my friend explains that the green olives now hanging in abundance on the branches will turn black in just a [...]

By |September 13th, 2021|Comments Off on Pruning Our Olive Trees

Helping Each Other Succeed

Two friends from China decided they were stronger together than they were as individuals. Their story is unique in that Wenqi was a double amputee and Haiza was completely blind. Yet, despite their handicaps they wanted to be productive and contribute to generations to come. Finding it difficult to find work, they went to the local government and proposed a plan to plant trees along the riverbank. They were granted support and the two men went to work. At times [...]

By |August 23rd, 2021|1 Comment

A Lesson from Shakespeare

I’m not sure what prompted me, but the other night I looked up the quote “To thine own self be true.” My search reminded me that the famous phase was spoken by Polonius in the play, Hamlet. However, what I found most interesting was what it truly meant when placed in the context of the full sentiment. “This above all: to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day Thou canst not then be false to any [...]

By |July 25th, 2021|Comments Off on A Lesson from Shakespeare

How to Ask for Feedback

We all need feedback. By understanding how people experience our style and performance, we can better align our efforts with what is truly needed.  But how we solicit feedback can create its own perception that goes beyond our performance. In most cases, it is best to be direct, courageous and specific. Go in strong after a project or important meeting and ask your boss or co-worker for one or two things you did well, and where there was an opportunity to be more effective. Your boss or co-worker will appreciate your quest for self-mastery and the [...]

By |June 8th, 2021|Comments Off on How to Ask for Feedback

If You Have Ever Felt a Little Broken

I recently heard about a Japanese art form called Kintsugi.  Also known as the “golden repair.”  Kintsugi is the art of restoring broken pottery with a bond made of powdered gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to discard or disguise. In the art form, not only is there no attempt to hide the broken ceramic, but the repair is illuminated making the object [...]

By |April 12th, 2021|Comments Off on If You Have Ever Felt a Little Broken

Let Go of the Struggle

We all spend too much time wrestling with our thoughts.  We feel we should be doing more, or doing less. Our passions have opposing fears that keep us stuck in place. And every decision has consequences that can keep us in a headlock that tightens the more we mull it over. Whenever I find myself teasing thoughts into knots, I remember a scene from Harry Potter. In the scene, Harry falls through a large hole in the castle floor that [...]

By |March 10th, 2021|5 Comments
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