Populism - a political approach that strives to appeal to ordinary people who feel that their concerns are disregarded by established elite groups. I don't normally write about politics, but I am very concerned about our recent election. Trump has opened the door to populism and it seems that many in his party are considering … Continue reading UNDERSTANDING POPULISM


For those of us that strive to be better, more empathic, creative, kind, consistent, TUNING is a fun way to think about that striving. TUNING is ongoing, it’s musical, and it’s collaborative. TUNING has three components: Believing, Creating, and Organizing. BELIEVING in ourselves and in others opens our hearts and our minds. It isn’t always … Continue reading TUNING = STRIVING

A Pocket-Sized Vision Board – Arlan Hamilton

I've been reading It's About Damn Time by Arlan Hamilton, founder of Backstage Capital, a fund that invests in companies led by underestimated founders. There is a chapter in it called "Write Your Own Headline" that I adore. When Arlan had the idea for Backstage Capital, she wrote an email to herself with the subject … Continue reading A Pocket-Sized Vision Board – Arlan Hamilton

What is your ultimate goal?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBgBy4vP_QE&feature=emb_logo It's easy to get distracted by our to-do lists. It's easy to overcommit ourselves and take on too much. What's hard is taking the time and focus to define an ultimate goal. That's a goal that can be stated in 10 words or so. Once we articulate an ultimate goal, all of the decisions … Continue reading What is your ultimate goal?

Looking to Theater for Inspiration

Business, design, and engineering cultures have a record of looking to theater for inspiration. At any hip conference you will find at least one activity that draws on the art of improv. Improv encourages us to suspend disbelief and instead say, "Yes, and" to build on the ideas of others. Now that we find ourselves … Continue reading Looking to Theater for Inspiration