It’s always gratifying when your hunch pans out, even if it takes years. And when that hunch makes your hometown look good, it’s even better. A few years ago, I wrote a blog about visiting Los Angeles and coming home exhausted. One of the biggest a-ha moments was feeling that L.A. offered too much stimulation.… Read more Why Boise beats L.A., at least for this visitor
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
Last week, I walked into a cool dark strip of sandy space, about 2 feet wide, flanked by high sandstone walls. Snow Canyon Slot in St. George, Utah, was the treat at the end of a long hot hike. To enter meant squeezing through about a foot of space between a tree trunk and a… Read more For leaders, a slot canyon can provide perspective on your perspectives
When many people think about “shapers” of a community, they may think first of people with power, who make decisions like where roads will go, where to put new housing developments, or how to build and run companies that thrive. My first thought about community “shapers” zeroed in on “invisible” changes that have and will… Read more Will Idaho’s growing old-age population shape Boise in a different way?
When I was a young professor, I invited a very successful entrepreneur to speak to my class. One of the questions was, “How did you learn to hire the right people?” His response: “I made a lot of mistakes … on my previous employer’s nickel.” In other words, he learned how to hire by making… Read more How do you hire for passion or curiosity? Here’s one question to ask.
My husband and I just returned from a few days in Phoenix, reconfirming the joys of Boise. But more than that, I learned that Idahoans have a reputation. Renting a car in Phoenix reminds me how much I like “easy” rather than complicated. First, you take a 20-minute bus trip from the airport to… Read more We Idahoans are easy to deal with. Deal with it, competitors.
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