When the next step is not clear, you actually do not need people with answers, because they may have answers to irrelevant questions. You probably do not know what your core questions are. Instead, you need good sounding boards who can help you brainstorm a list of questions that potentially will be edited down to your core questions that you need to ask to prepare for the next steps.Read More
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January 2021: National Mentoring Month – 30 Days of Mentors and Mentoring
January is National Mentoring Month. Over the next 30 days, I will write very short essays about mentors and mentoring.Read More
Mentor and Leader Spotlight: The Late Admiral David M. Altwegg
“Leadership” is simple yet complex — it is about putting others before yourself, establishing and promoting trust and loyalty, and being a lifelong learner, because no one does it alone. It is a 24–7 type of dedication — it does not mean that you cannot enjoy life outside the office but life is better when you work at something that you are passionate about.
And, it is easier to put down words on paper about “leadership” than to actually practice and improve every day. But you have to — it’s like brushing and flossing your teeth.
You need to do it everyday.Read More
What is a Mentor?
What is a “mentor”? The 1913 version of Webster’s Dictionary defines a mentor as a “wise and faithful counselor or monitor.” But actually it depends on what you are seeking – answers? perspective? peer? aspirational? comfort?Read More
Athena the Mentor
What is a mentor? Even your dog can be your mentor – enter Athena, mentor to Jenny Kim. She taught me about the value of identifying and interpreting nonverbal communication.Read More
Gratitude: Finding Your Penmanship Voice
Penmanship is not a means to an end but rather a tool to express gratitude and shared memories to others. And gratitude to self for taking time to build a life that can be shared with others.Read More
Gratitude: Health is Wealth
None of us know how long we have in this world, but we often forget to be grateful for the present. My mother’s health is not perfect, but I am grateful that she can recover and that she is here with me.
I reach over to grasp her hand and squeeze it gently.
Health is wealth, and for however long we all have our health, we should treasure it, each other, and the present.Read More
Cultivating the Rubber Ball in Others
Instead of commenting on people’s fragility, how do we encourage and sustain others’ resilience – their inner rubber ball?Read More
Blood, Paper, & Bed: How to Mitigate Risk Doing Business with the U.S. Federal, State, and Local Governments
Building a corporate brand and promoting corporate interests involves more than just producing and selling the best products and services—it also requires a company’s active involvement in a nation’s democracy. Active involvement includes executing a layered strategy that advances communication with and educates the government—U.S. federal, state or local—about the company, its products, its industry, and how government actions or regulations may affect it.Read More
My Greatest Fear is… 5 Things I Learned From Facilitating a #Converge20 Roundtable About Behavioral Science and Compliance
Successful compliance policies and systems must anticipate people’s pain points and mitigate as much friction as possible.Read More