To be a leader, hear the pain not the words

To be a leader, hear the pain not the words

Much of my work as a speaker and author is to help people to shift. Despite my best intentions, it can be very confronting for some. On more than one occasion, I have been challenged by someone, something like “I don’t think what you are proposing would...
To Master the Day, Wash the Bowl

To Master the Day, Wash the Bowl

A monk asked Zhaozhou to teach him. Zhaozhou asked, “Have you eaten your meal?” The monk replied, “Yes, I have.” “Then go wash your bowl”, said Zhaozhou. At that moment, the monk was enlightened. This famous Zen Koan Joshu Washes the Bowl is from the book The Gateless...
Confrontation and Compassion

Confrontation and Compassion

Iam still a big kid at heart, and I hope I never outgrow it. I find enjoyment in small things like a freshly picked blackberry, still warm from the summer sun, or the smell of an espresso in the still of dawn. I still like to play, to chase, to wrestle. I think that’s...
Innovation and the Illusion of Time

Innovation and the Illusion of Time

Sorry, I don’t have time, I only have 15 minutes to finish this! How many times we said something like this? Who said I only have 15 minutes? Yes, I know there are things like deadlines which really do matter. Its things like deadlines which give us an illusion...