The Perpetual Apology

A Sunday morning reflection on growing up in Co-op City in the 1980's. How we behave from then to now, and a call for forgiveness.

Social Test

Bullies and Acceptance One of my children is very interested in play by play sports.  He studies sports and practices making podcasts.  He is also working events and got a job with his school doing play by play for all sorts of sports.    I have been working with him to develop social media strategies …

Silent Leadership -Value of Internal Communication

The world's greatest leaders know how to speak to the heart.  They speak of aspirations and dreams, goals and vision.  These leaders resonate with us because they speak to our emotions.   Great leaders are known and present.  While leadership itself is highly complicated, some common underlying concepts are foundational in nature.   The basis for effective …

365 Days of Learning – Let’s Go!

Don't doubt you have the power to continuously learn and grow.   Inspired by @ Wendy Woodson (She wants you to learn about this) 1. Order books on topics you are interested in and make time to read. 2. Plan day trips and take tours. 3. Visit a local museum. 4. Take a nature hike. 5. Allow …

Being the BEST can make you the WORST

In school, we are pressured to "be the best."  We are pressured for years to compete with others.   Our "best" may not be good enough or our "best" may be too good.  Being the best can bring isolation and harm.  It can inflate someone's ego and create conditions for unhealthy behaviors.  It can cause irreparable …

Katabasis Required 4:10

How does a person run 100 miles? How do people rise up from great tragedy? Why does it take a war, a fight, a battle to bring people closer together? In life and as part of our work, it always amounts to some fight or battle.  I am not telling you that I understand why …

Born as Many Die as One

On Death and Life Last week my wife and I traveled to see a friend off into the next world.  It has been difficult to navigate the complexity of death in both thought and discussion.  It also brings the reality of our mortality closer to the edge of our daily consciousness.  The obvious concept here …

The Echo of Influence

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay How well do you influence others? Do you think that influence has anything to do with trust? Why do you think influence is important in home life and work? For many good reasons, people seek to influence others. What are some of the reasons that you seek to influence …

Career Aspirations – What you Want

Bess Mucherson What do you Want? If you want something, there is a good chance you can get it. All of the adages may apply in terms of doing hard work, setting goals, and objectives and putting the effort in. There are also shortcuts to getting what you want but as with anything else, there …

Micro-Kindness Macro-Impact

 It is two o’clock in the morning on a cold December day 1985 and the phone rings. It’s a big fire in the South Bronx, a bunch of buildings are dilapidated, falling apart, and burning out of control.  A homeless person smoking crack started the whole blaze and now the buildings are burning and threatening families in the surrounding areas. The fire department sends NY’s finest to fight the beast and as the fire grows in size as word gets out across the airways for everyone to come and help.