What Is Action?

What is action?  That question was posed at last week’s gathering of the San Francisco Bay Area Coaches   chapter of the International Coach Federation, where we were privileged to hear from Bob Dunham, who leads the Coaching Excellence in Organizations program at Newfield Network. So what’s the answer...



Congratulations Mary Jo White

I’m delighted  that President Obama has nominated the fabulous Mary Jo White to head the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Mary Jo is not only an incredibly talented and accomplished attorney — having put away mob boss John Gotti and the WTC bombers back in the ’90s, among others —...



Women CEOs Making Progress in Tech

With the beginning of a new year, defense giant General Dynamics’ new CEO, Phebe Novakovic, became the 21st woman Fortune 500 CEO, a first. Novakovic, along with Marilyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin’s recently appointed CEO, are the first women to lead the two defense firms. Three other notable tech companies...



ABA Leadership In Action at Marco Island

I’m down in Marco Island, Florida, for the American Bar Association Litigation Section’s Winter Leadership meeting, one of 275 attorneys here that have been appointed to various leadership positions within the 60,000 member section. The ABA is one of the largest voluntary professional membership associations in the world, with...



What I’m Thinking About . . .

Passwords are the bane of my existence.  My cheat sheet is crammed with more than 60 different password-protected accounts where I must know not only my password but also my user i.d.  How many times have you had to re-set a password on an infrequently used account?  When my...



Leadership, Worrying, and Attitudes of Gratitude

Inc. magazine’s got an interesting list of 9 daily habits to make you happier.  One of them is to let go of your results, as worrying about what’s going to happen based on what you’ve already done is unproductive.  Another suggestion is to end each day with gratitude.  I’d...



Leadership: More Beyond, or There Be Dragons?

Back in the mid-80’s, I was restless in my work at Procter & Gamble, and enrolled in a ten day “career development” course for professionals through the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School.    Outward Bound is a hands-on learning organization whose participants develop self-esteem, a recognition of internal strengths...



Stories of Focus, Resilience, and Determination

The long dark evenings of winter are when I most enjoy going to the movies or curling up on the couch in front of the fire with a good book.   I’m ordinarily an outdoors person, biased toward active pursuits, but when it’s cold and dark outside, and some of...



Make It A Happy New Year With 45 Life Lessons (+5)

I have always loved this list since the first time someone emailed it to me years ago, when it was unattributed.  With a little research on The Google, I found that Regina Brett, a columnist at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, wrote her 45 life lessons to celebrate growing older...




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