On Transformation: The Value of Monarchs

Monarch caterpillar and butterfly

The words of Henry David Thoreau may point you in a direction you need, but didn’t realize. Springtime is inspiring for many reasons, especially when you’re considering a personal transformation. “Each new year is a surprise to us. We find that we had virtually forgotten  the note of each bird, and when we hear it […]

Seeing Things Differently

I’ve worn contact lenses or glasses to see since I was 6 years old. During a visit to the doctor before I got glasses, my mother took great offense when the doctor said, “Maybe you should buy him a dog. He’s going to need one to help him get around in a few years.” She […]

The Power of the Pause

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When I was younger, I thought being responsive was a strength. As more and more things demanded action, it became more and more difficult to respond, and more and more frustrating to me when I was unable to do so. Discussing it with my coach, I found that taking a brief pause gave me a […]

The Day You Discover Why

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Mark Twain is sometimes credited with this bit of wisdom: “The two most important days in your life are the day you’re born and the day you discover why.” What I like about it is its focus on purpose. And purpose is powerful. When I served as a nonprofit CEO, I found myself asking what […]