Embrace the Hate: An Argument for Using Rage as Fuel This past week I was listening (as is often the case) to NPR where I heard Terry Gross interviewing John Kander, who, with the late Fred Ebb, wrote the songs… Read More
Don’t Think You Can’t Contribute to a Masterpiece I’ve been lucky enough to spend this past week in Rome, where a close friend arranged a private tour of the Vatican. Within the splendor of the Vatican museum, I… Read More
Pruning—It’s Not Just for Plants! How and Why to Prune People According to my gardening chums, when you see the first haze of yellow on your forsythia it’s time to prune. With this in mind, I spent a good portion of… Read More
“I Smell What You’re Stepping In” The other day I was yapping away to my husband, Keith, and he let me know he was listening—and empathizing— by saying, “I smell what you’re stepping in.” It made… Read More
Abandon Plan B: Ed Sheeran’s Formula for Success This past week I heard Ed Sheeran interviewed on the Howard Stern show. Regardless of what you may think of Mr. Sheeran’s music, I found one idea he mentioned regarding… Read More
The Importance (and Fun) of Being RISKsponsible I was speaking today with a friend who is thinking of moving from his townhouse in Philadelphia to a biodynamic “Earthship” in Taos, New Mexico. He mentioned that he had… Read More
“Surprise Me”: One Easy Way to Bring Out the Best in Others I spent the past week on vacation and so, had time for some frothier pursuits. While reading an article on Mike Nichols in Vanity Fair, I was struck by the… Read More
“See the Whole Board. Think Several Moves Deep”: Why Improving Your Customer’s Experience Will Improve Your Own Perhaps it’s the fall—with that back-to-school feeling—but I’ve been in a chess-playing kind of mood this past week. I’m not good, but as I play I try to keep in… Read More
Party of One: Making the Most of Your One-on-One Meeting This past week, I received an email inquiring, “What are some best practices for presenting to an audience of one? How do you communicate to the person in front of… Read More
Contradict Yourself This past week, I ran across the below quote from Marcel Duchamp. I love it: “I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own… Read More