The latest edition of the Statesman’s Business Insider magazine focuses on real estate, so of course that got me thinking about my brain. Several years ago, I was driving down Fairview Avenue after lunch, with my husband in the passenger seat. Suddenly, half of my left eye filled with what looked like a light mud-colored… Read more Your brain may be a mansion, but mine’s a tiny house
If you had to create a brand for yourself, based on the values you hold, what would it be? Values are the foundation that drive your behaviors, your decisions, and make you appealing — or not — as a person others want to be around or be like. It’s what you stand for. Now think… Read more What are your organization’s values and why should you care?
I understand that in the olden days, when people read print newspapers, many readers had favorite columnists. I buy that idea and even now, I have a few that I look forward to reading — both online and in print — because of their ideas, their writing styles, or the way they rile me… Read more Leaders must be more like artists, less like economists
Steve Burns, director of Zoo Boise, thinks about animals “all the time…it causes me great pain to see what’s happening with so many of the animals that I think about.” Burns’ particular worry is that animals in the wild are disappearing. A World Wildlife Fund study says the total number of animals in the… Read more How we Idahoans can help save wild African animals
Why are you in business? To make money, right? For some leaders, it’s not that simple anymore. Russ Stoddard describes himself as “founder and president of Oliver Russell, a public benefit corporation that builds brands for purpose-driven companies whose products, services or business models benefit society.” In that statement, he offers several key nuggets from… Read more Why are you in business, really?
At one Idaho correctional facility, guards love coming to work, inmates are encouraged to succeed, and the result is a jail that looks nothing like the ones on TV. “Six months after I became sheriff, the most dangerous inmate in the jail escaped and was gone for 10 days,” says former Sheriff Gary Raney. “It… Read more Where Jail Has No Bars
Don’t think too much when you answer this question: As you review your career, what’s an example of an unexpected encounter or piece of information that took you in a direction you had not anticipated? Feel free to send me examples. I’d love to learn about them. If you have one, or many, of those… Read more Being open to proactive serendipity can alter your future
The new book by Tom Friedman, columnist for The New York Times, has a crazy title but smart idea. “Thank You For Being Late” refers to how he likes others to be late for appointments, because he has learned to appreciate and use the unexpected minutes. The book is one long reflection on future challenges,… Read more Why I have trouble keeping up with the pace of technological change
We are a community with a short attention span. When the snow started in late December, we marveled, we played, we took photos to show our East Coast friends. After a week, with more snow than we’d had since the early 1980s, some of us lost the joyfulness and began to get testy. We shoveled… Read more Had it with the Valley’s bad weather? Consider the silence of snow
On a recent trip to Germany, I remembered why I smirk. (Note: When I looked up the definition of smirk, it was not what I think of. The definition is “a smug, offensive smile.” My type of smirk is, I hope, more “I’m in a bit of a pickle.” But maybe I’m doing it… Read more Ask questions with ignorant vulnerability, and ye shall receive