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19
Apr

Vote Week in New York City for Participatory Budgeting just concluded. NYC believes the people who live in the community know what the community needs; so it allows community members to directly decide how to spend part of the public budget. Here’s how it works: The NYC Council identifies a portion of the budget that will […]

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12
Apr

One of my readers emailed me recently with a suggestion for creating community: jigsaw puzzles! Interesting… why don’t I do jigsaw puzzles? Arguably, I’m too busy. Practically, I want to focus on projects that progress my goals. Realistically, what’s the point? I already know the end result (the picture on the box!)   As an […]

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05
Apr

In an episode of “Veep,” the narcissistic character played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus halts a hallway meeting with colleagues to rudely ask her daughter, “Why is that your hair?” Dr. Carla Naumburg would not approve. In a recent New York Times article on resilient children, clinical social worker Dr. Naumburg implicates parents’ proclivity to challenge unwanted behavior […]

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29
Mar

One of my employees died last week from a sudden heart attack. And I am struck by how much my heart hurts. I’ve lost family members, but never a colleague. Scott was professional, patient, eager, funny, even-tempered (a gift that offset my intensity), flexible, dedicated, hungry to learn and grow (even at 58!), appreciative, trusted, and […]

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22
Mar

We are hard-wired to connect. Ironically however, the more connected we are online, the more disconnected we become. Blame the digital culture – it robs us of an essential, real-world social skill: connecting meaningfully with others. Not surprisingly, being focused on screens atrophies our ability to listen – this zaps the empathy required for meaningful connection (regardless […]

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15
Mar

In law school, we were taught to look at every case from three sides: the plaintiff’s, the defendant’s, and the bystander’s. But if we want to transform situations, we need to think about problems not just from different angles, but with different mindsets. Created by Edward de Bono, the Six Thinking Hats methodology challenges our […]

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08
Mar

I asked Bob why he hadn’t launched his program yet. He replied, “I’m still gathering information.” I said, “Bob, you’re not launching a rocket into space. You’re launching mentoring into the company. You need to move with your current best thinking.” Bob had become an information curator: collecting and guarding information like works of art […]

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01
Mar

Last month, Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway announced a collaboration to transform how healthcare is delivered to their employees. Essentially, they’re partnering to disrupt the American healthcare system. Many criticize that they don’t have it figured out: big on ideas, small on details. But that’s the secret to fruitful collaboration: go in with ambition, […]

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22
Feb

I was in The Art of Shaving store last weekend purchasing a gift when a teenager entered the store. His face was clean shaven; his skin smooth, shiny and unblemished, even glowing; and he was beaming. Followed by an entourage of friends, the teenager made a beeline for John, the store manager. In front of his […]

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