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07
Dec

In an old episode of the television comedy Will & Grace, narcissistic Karen is at a cocktail party talking with her friends while scanning the room. Suddenly she exclaims, “Better people! Gotta go!” While we could blame the Karens of the world for being incredibly rude, we are always responsible for our own communications. Part of […]

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30
Nov

Soto Zen Buddhist monk Shunryu Suzuki said… “You are perfect just as you are, and you could use a little improvement.” There’s nothing wrong with us! Yet our world constantly reminds us that we are broken and need fixing: Report cards: here’s your grade and where you fell short Commercials: here’s what’s wrong with you […]

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22
Nov

Woo-hoo! The annual holiday to be more grateful has arrived! And every year, experts apprise us of all the benefits we could reap personally by being more grateful: lower blood pressure, less stress, better sleep, stronger mental clarity, happiness… But what about the influence that being grateful can have on others? There are two behavioral […]

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16
Nov

One of my favorite movie lines can be heard at the end of the romantic comedy, Serendipity: “The Greeks didn’t write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died: ‘Did he have passion?’” * (This is partially true and partially Hollywood. The founders of Cyrenaic (435-356 BC) held this philosophy and they were […]

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09
Nov

After a 7-0 winning streak this season, Penn State’s football team suffered two back-to-back losses, most recently against Michigan State University. When the game ended in defeat, a few devastated Penn State players retreated toward the locker room without shaking hands with the MSU players. Incensed, Penn State Coach James Franklin ran after them and […]

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02
Nov

In an interview for the New York Times, Tae Hea Nahm, managing director of Storm Ventures, questioned the exercise of declaring values to create culture in an organization. He said, “Culture is defined by compensation, promotions, and terminations. Basically, people seeing who succeeds and fails in the company defines culture. T he people who succeed […]

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27
Oct

In August when a van crossed directly in my path like a deer, I didn’t see it …until I crashed into it. The airbags went off, my car was destroyed. It was completely unpredictable. (Fortunately, no one was hurt.) It’s predictability that allows thousands of drivers to safely traverse freeways at 70mph during rush hour. We […]

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19
Oct

The Law of Polarity states that everything has a polar opposite. In physics, polarity is a basic feature of the universe. Positive and negative forces are foundational to the structure of every atom. If everything has a polar opposite, then perhaps… a problem cannot exist without a solution an opinion cannot exist without an opposing […]

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12
Oct

NY Yankees Manager Joe Girardi made an error. It was the bottom of the sixth inning in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Cleveland Indians. With two runners on bases and two outs, a batter foul-tipped a pitch off the knob of his bat. The umpire called it a “hit-by-pitch” which automatically walked the […]

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05
Oct

We each have two life stories: the one behind us, and the one in front of us The story behind us is our history, our experiences, our scars, our lessons learned. The story in front of us is our future, experiences to have, scars to acquire, lessons to learn. The story behind us is rich […]

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