My brother is a Seattle-based high tech guy whose job I cannot explain, let alone fully appreciate. Something to do with architecture software and languages. When he tries to tell me about it, I often get lost. But he’s patient, I’m a willing student, and sometimes we reach a Venn diagram overlap of understanding. Even… Read more Turn off tech, create pockets of isolation to be more productive
No one disputes that health care, insurance and its regulation are complicated. Even President Trump agrees. So how can we grapple with the complexity of such a messy problem? I don’t have solutions but I’ve been looking around for people who wrestle with problems that are big, complex, and appear unsolvable. Leyla Acaroglu’s approach intrigues… Read more Don’t just tweak the health care insurance system, rethink it
What do you call the sunlight that passes through the leaves of a tree? Or the long reflection the moon casts on a lake that looks like a pathway? If you want to understand another person, goes the advice, learn her language. I usually think of that advice in terms of a foreign language but… Read more Sure, you can walk in someone’s shoes, but why not learn to speak their language?
Tim Ferriss, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek,” is also a podcaster. His interviews with high performers in a variety of fields (art, athletics, business, military, you name it) offer tips and personal approaches these experts use to excel in their work. In addition, he “experiments” on himself a lot, trying different approaches from workouts to… Read more Want to be more productive? Take a rest from intense work? Try these steps
I wrote a while ago about a ring I wear that helps me remember to maintain equilibrium in my life. I’ve got several rings like that — ones that remind me to focus on something at a certain stage in life. So I look at my fingers more than most people might. A friend of mine also… Read more Do you remember the decisions that changed your life? This woman’s rings remind her
I seem to be quoting The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan a lot these days. A few weeks ago, she had an excellent column suggesting that leaders need to think more like artists than economists. This past week she reviewed a collection of speeches by the historian David McCullough, who has much to offer leaders of any… Read more What historian David McCullough’s new book can teach Idaho business leaders
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?
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?
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