I walk past a middle school at lunch every day. Most days we all just carry on with our own work (mine: dog walking, theirs: game playing), but today was different. As I walked by the school yard, one of the kids kicked a ball over the fence and across the street. She asked if…
Fostering Collaboration Across Cultures
Diversity doesn’t come without tension. The key is to know how to make it into jazz and not discordant noise. Stereotypes are shortcuts our brains use to make fast decisions (especially when there is too much information or potential unknowns). We tend to infer a lot about others based on our past experiences, whether it’s…
On Music: Higher Love
I would listen to this for 8 hours straight. Credit: Ndlovu Youth Choir
On Music: Spread Love
Take 6 has been one of my favorite musical groups my entire life. I used to listen to their debut album on cassette tape. I recently had the good luck to see a live concert of theirs and I have never had more fun! This song is brief but charming, shining lights on the distracting…
Empathy vs Altruism in Modern Leadership
The concept of empathy is one that has become popular as a leadership ideal. We expect empathy from CEOs, ask designers to join empathy challenges, and tell people to put themselves in someone else’s shoes. Empathy is, at its simplest, knowing what someone else is going through. It’s often identified as a counterpart to sympathy…
Protected: WCUS Retrospective
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Made of Sunshine
I’m headed to sunnier climates today, so this seemed appropriate. It is also one of those cheerful songs that make it hard not to dance a little.
Building a Culture of Safety
When I think back over the many communities I’ve been part of over the years — whether at work, as a volunteer, or in a church — those that were most vibrant had many things in common. They had leadership that was engaging, they had regular gatherings, and they were clear about who they served….
My friends and I got together to chat, assemble dumplings, and watch Crazy Rich Asians. According to our vague recollection, we think it’s been 8 years since we last did this and we loved every second of it. Even when we were using some questionable folding techniques.