Monthly Archives: December 2013

5 Leadership Lessons from the Headlines of 2013

December 31, 2013
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5 Leadership Lessons from the Headlines of 2013

1.  There is a time to speak While the jury is still out (figuratively and literally) on Edward Snowden's decision to make public so many American secrets, the leadership lesson remains: Have the courage to act on conviction even in the face of grave consequence. I am not well enough informed Read more [...]

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Synonyms, Sensations & Symbols (My monthly gratitude list)

December 26, 2013
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Synonyms, Sensations & Symbols (My monthly gratitude list)

Again, I share my monthly gratitude list. Twenty-six things that make me happy on this, the 26th day of December, should they be of interest. (If you'd like to make your own list, I'd love for you to share it in a comment below.) Awaking Christmas morning to emails and WhatsApp messages (with Read more [...]

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The Pope behind the Pope of the Year: Paving the way to change

December 13, 2013
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The Pope behind the Pope of the Year: Paving the way to change

Like so many, I have been inspired and impressed by Pope Francis and his courage to challenge many of the practices of the papacy, and the traditions of the church. I often imagine him surrounded by people who say things like, "Well, you can't do that," or "But this is the way it's been done…

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How is it that this is not already so?

December 9, 2013
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How is it that this is not already so?

What a privilege (in every sense of the word) it is to be able to so often jog through the magnificent Balboa Park. Today, I first encountered a string quartet on my jog.  Four talented young people who had informally positioned folding chairs facing each other, as they do, graciously offering Read more [...]

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“So, should she NOT have done that?” Balancing the setting of intentions and being present.

December 7, 2013
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“So, should she NOT have done that?” Balancing the setting of intentions and being present.

  I was on a walk earlier today when a woman, smoking on her 6th Ave penthouse terrace, leaned over her wall, and offered a friendly, "Hey." When I looked up, I realized that she was greeting the homeless person nearby. She dropped a fresh cigarette down to him. He picked it up off the…

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