When 13-year-old Ha My commented that she had to “find some staff,” her mother did a double take. “Staff? Why do you need staff?” Every year, I happen to visit Hanoi, Vietnam, around Ha My’s birthday, so we celebrate together with her family. This year, Ha My turned 14. Often she wants some special item… Read more Global Collaboration at Its Purest
Do you ever get stumped solving a problem, generating an idea or writing something new? It feels like a wall stands just in front of you and you can’t find a way around, over or through. So how can you get past feeling like you’re not making progress? Here are five tips. Add your own… Read more How to Get Unstuck
So you’ve lived a good, maybe hard, life. No matter how you’ve lived, once you hit 30, you likely have some bits of wisdom that you could pass along. What are they? I meet periodically with a group of interesting women of all ages and professions, from different types of backgrounds and experiences. And they are all “pay it… Read more What Would You Tell Your 20-year-old Self?
What is it with young people these days? So many seem to know what they want to do…and then they go and do it! We have a son who has always wanted to act. Always. From the time before he could speak, he plucked pieces of grass and twigs and had them “talking” to each other. … Read more Don’t Fake It Till You Make It, Make It Till You Make It
Maybe I’m dreading the upcoming often crazy holiday season or maybe because I just read Pico Iyer’s small, short book called The Art of Stillness, but I’m going to try (yet again) to slow down, be still, and reflect going into the new year. Apparently, taking stillness time can actually help your health, your energy, and maybe… Read more Pockets of Reflection in a Busy World
I recently spent time with some friends from Norway. During our conversations, someone brought up “slow TV” and how much Norwegians enjoy it. Huh? Turns out, the Norwegian national television channel, for which there is no equivalent in the US, began an ongoing project several years ago that has become a national favorite. In 2009,… Read more Need a Break? Think Slow TV
“My Name is Name.” Our guide for a Botswana safari trip has a long name (Nametsegang), which is a tad unpronounceable for most clients, so he shortened it to a catchy one that English speakers can remember. Right from the get go, you smile and are right with him. And that’s part of what he’s… Read more Forming Your Pack
Think you’re good at doing several things at once? Reading and listening to music? Driving and talking on the phone (hands free, of course), or texting while sitting in a meeting? Think again. Much recent neuroscience research tells us that the brain doesn’t really do tasks simultaneously, as we thought (hoped) it might. In fact, we just… Read more The Myth of Multitasking
When I travel, the first few days in a new place are magical. My senses—from sight to smell, feel to sound—are on their game, alert to anything outside my normal pattern. Within 48 hours, many of them start to become “normal” so I try hard to capture the magic while I can. I usually keep a… Read more Seeing the Magic
I’m almost never ill so when I am, I am an impatient, wimpy patient. This past week, I WAS that patient. I had pain like I’ve never had; it laid me flat for six days, a long, long time for me. I swallowed pain killers and Advil, and not much else. I tried to sleep but found… Read more Can Pain Be Valuable?