The Ties that Bind

It’s October of 1987 and I’m anxiously waiting in the “poste restante” line of the Singapore post office – two months and untold miles into my worldwide backpacking trip — absolutely starving for word from home.   Back in the day – well before email, texting and twittering downsized our world – the only…

Showdown in the Himalayas

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you couldn’t move forward and you couldn’t go back? Well try standing on a rickety suspension bridge, 200 feet above an ice-cold river, with a herd of Nepalese oxen bearing down on you! The year is 1987 and I’m 10 days into my 3-week Nepalese trek…

Collaboration and Vulnerability

In a recent article by Ross McCammon in Entrepreneur Magazine, titled “We’re Better Together, the author begins with a most provocative hypothesis: “To collaborate with another person is to admit weakness.   There’s no way of getting around it. If you weren’t in a position of weakness, you wouldn’t need anyone…

The Speed of Change

The Speed of Change Sometime back, I woke up grumpy.  Hey, it happens to the best of us.  Lack of adequate sleep…a disagreement with a vendor …who knows?  But on a grumpy day, nothing seems to go your way. So there I was, mid-afternoon, looking at my calendar and realizing…

Treat Each Other Right — or Lose Business

We all know the fall out from intra-team squabbling:  a break in trust, team members taking sides, and a huge ebb in productivity — to name just a few results.  Alas, wherever human beings are present, arguments are bound to happen; we all have egos.  Fighting is unfortunate, but it’s…

Keeping Virtual Teams on Track

There’s a nice article in Inc. magazine (March 2012) called:  “Out of Sight, Top of Mind:  How to keep a business on track when top performers are scattered across the map”   The author (Jason Fried) provides some great tips for creating and maintaining virtual teams.  To summarize: 1) Working virtually…

An Amazing Mission Statement That’s Fit For Framing

Just about every business has a mission statement — but how many have a mission statement poster that has been viewed online more than 50 million times and translated into 12 languages?    That business would be Holstee, a NY-based company selling eco-friendly clothing and accessories. Check out their unique mission…

When Teams Fall Apart

I’ve been reading a lovely little book of late, called “When Things Fall Apart”, by Pema Chodron.  If you’re unfamiliar with Chodron (nee Deirdre Blomfield-Brown), she’s a world-renowned teacher and writer living up in Nova Scotia, Canada.  Although her books tend to revolve around Tibetan Buddhism, I find that her…

Samuel Johnson

I ran across this quote recently, from the English author and critic Samuel Johnson:   “People need to be reminded more often than they     need to be instructed”. How true!  By the time people reach adulthood, they’ve probably heard pretty much everything they need to know in order to succeed…