Generational Diversity: No School Rules

Old school. New school. No school rules. Doug E. Fresh “Keep Rising To The Top”   Recently, I was waiting for my soon-to-be 12 year old daughter to finish her dance class. She’s been dancing since she was three and so I catch myself, from time to time, watching the younger dancers scurry around the […]

Is your Organization Spineless?

Yes, spineless. Lacking in courage and resolve? Unable to stand under its own weight? In a word… spineless. In a spineless organization, culture is left to chance and the results are as disastrous as they would be if the same were done with sales, R&D, marketing, manufacturing, accounting or any other critical organizational function. Spineless […]

Conscious Inclusion: A Tale of Two Companies

It could be the best of times. It could be the worst of times. While Dickens may not be referenced often in our offices and boardrooms, this twist on his famous words provides a perfect description for the crossroads our companies face every day. Every decision we make, (And, in this context, not making a […]

Oh, the weather outside is frightful…

  As I write this, I am looking at a palm tree in my backyard. The temperature in Los Angeles, where I live, is 59 degrees.  For a December day in L.A., that’s normal. If I need to go out, I’ll throw on a light jacket. That’s how we’ve always done things in December, around […]

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Driving Inclusion

  Last week, as I drove my children from one activity to the other, my mind drifted as I sat at a red light. The topic that grabbed my attention doesn’t come to mind at the moment, however what happened next has stuck with me. Movement in my peripheral vision, the cars next to me, […]

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Standing Together…When Things Fall Apart

In the early hours of June 12, 2016, a man visited unthinkable terror on Pulse, a gay nightclub, the city of Orlando, and our nation. As unsuspecting partiers celebrated Latin Night, Pride Month, and life itself, they could not have known that 53 people among them, having literally and figuratively seen a new day, would greet […]

Celebration and Remembrance

A Time for Celebration and Remembrance

Every May, we as Americans, have two particular opportunities to say “Thank you” to those who serve and have served in our nation’s armed forces. This year, on Saturday, May 21st, we celebrated Armed Forces Day, a day on which we paid tribute to those who serve in our nation’s armed forces. And on Monday, […]

Get it Together

Get it Together… Practice. Practice. Practice.

No one wants to be seen as incompetent. I don’t want to be seen as incompetent and I’m guessing you don’t either. Generally, that instinct serves us well in the workplace. We work hard to do our jobs well. We invest and engage in professional development to stay current with our industry or preferably, ahead […]

Happy Holidays?

Happy Holidays?

All that social media fire over a cup? A coffee cup? A red “holiday” cup from Starbucks? REALLY??? Well, yes… The passion and vitriol around the debate is not truly about Starbucks or the cup, though, whatever one may think of the design. No, this holiday debate, like so many others, runs far deeper than […]

Shooting from the Hip

Shooting From The Hip

Shooting From The Hip…practicing empathy can have a transformative effect on individual relationships and organizational culture Scene: Two colleagues, Lawrence and Eva, ride in an elevator, both sipping their morning-o-lattechino. Lawrence: It’s a shame about that shooting in Oregon. Eva: I know… Lawrence: It really is time to have some serious gun control. Eva: Sure, […]