Slow Dancing with the Dark

Growing up in a small town in Kentucky in the late 60s, we had to create our own entertainment and social life. In my early teens, hosting a dance party in your home for your friends and classmates helped insure that you were “cool.” And conscientious parents thought...

Discernment Before Criticism

In the March 31st New York Times op-ed section, columnist Bret Stephens published a courageous open letter to right-wing provocateur and journalist Kevin Williamson. The two writers often disagree politically and socially. Yet here, Stephens offers a bold invitation...

The Power of a Do-Not- Kid-Yourself Day

Many years ago, a presenter in a leadership development seminar I was attending made a statement that has stuck with me ever since: “At least once a month, we all need a do-not-kid-yourself day.” The audience responded with a nervous laugh. Coming from a fairly...

Blaze Your Own Trail

At some point in our lives, most of us have had to find our own path – our own way of doing something, our sense of who we are within a relationship, or a career path that made sense for us. Following the calling of your heart or the passion of your soul sometimes...

Life and Work as a Pilgrimage

Philosopher Martin Buber wrote: “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” As I reflect on those words, I am taken back to a powerful moment in a coaching session several months ago – a moment that won’t let go of me. That moment has...