Is this your truth to share on your chest?

Is this your truth to share on your chest?

"My Execution Could Be Televised" One of my neighbors wears that statement on a T-shirt. Since Ramon’s a black man, he’s sharing his truth on his chest, which pains me to accept. As a white woman, I know his truth is the exact opposite of mine. Unlike Ramon and other...

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Why and how to celebrate from a distance

Why and how to celebrate from a distance

Celebrating together when you're physically apart isn't easy, but it's possible -- if you make an effort. Yet, that's a big "if." Based on my informal research, very few in organizations -- except for students graduating from school -- have been thinking about setting...

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How to incubate lifelong curiosity and courage

How to incubate lifelong curiosity and courage

“Have c-c-c-courage!” my dad would tell me throughout my childhood as he channeled the Cowardly Lion from the movie Wizard of Oz. Obeying him was fine with me, as long as he didn’t expect me to push any bodily boundaries. No way did I want to take challenges or risks...

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How Amazing Grace could help us now

How Amazing Grace could help us now

“0” and “1” – the binary language of computers feels like it’s seeping into society at large. Over the past couple of weeks, so many of the high-profile and vital current events and choices we’re dealing with feel like they’re becoming binary – that is “either/or.”...

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How to be closer with teammates when you’re miles apart

How to be closer with teammates when you’re miles apart

How do you as a leader and/or teammate send signals of belonging to your colleagues when you're working remotely, keeping six feet away from each other, or otherwise spread across the globe? Intentionally socialize from a distance. It's the next best thing to...

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Good-bye to the “new normal.” Hello to what?

Good-bye to the “new normal.” Hello to what?

Have you been binging on comfort foods, TV shows, movies, songs and albums these past couple of months? This behavior is perfectly natural. Don’t let anyone try to judge or shame you when you’re indulging, sampling or fantasizing about things that provide comfort....

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3 leaders show how to be compassionate in a crisis

3 leaders show how to be compassionate in a crisis

Be aware, clear, vulnerable, empathetic, and compassionate. Five behaviors that are critical for organizational leaders in a crisis. How leaders demonstrate these behaviors is up to them in our current covid-19 pandemic. There are no playbooks to follow. That’s...

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How to strengthen your skill for empathy

How to strengthen your skill for empathy

The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World was initially an unusual, yet ultimately an ideal, choice for my College of Charleston book circle this spring semester. The seven students – all seniors except for one junior – who read this ground-breaking...

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