The opposite of war is not peace, but understanding.

Inspired by Einstein’s quote: Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. Albert Einstein

The opposite of war is not peace, but understanding.

Inspired by Einstein’s quote: Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. Albert Einstein

“The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.”

This quote by Steven Weinberg in his book The First Three Minutes speaks to the scientific endeavor and its conflict with human yearning. It also explains why people may disdain the search for understanding and comprehension, for meaning and purpose

“The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.”

This quote by Steven Weinberg in his book The First Three Minutes speaks to the scientific endeavor and its conflict with human yearning. It also explains why people may disdain the search for understanding and comprehension, for meaning and purpose

Technology is amoral, but it is not unbiased.

There’s a lot of confusing and unhelpful prognostication around what kind of future “technology” will usher in; a glorious utopia or a devastating existential threat. The question itself is faulty because it is predicated upon the assumption that “technology” has

Technology is amoral, but it is not unbiased.

There’s a lot of confusing and unhelpful prognostication around what kind of future “technology” will usher in; a glorious utopia or a devastating existential threat. The question itself is faulty because it is predicated upon the assumption that “technology” has

Studying history is an epistemic antiseptic.

An antiseptic prevents the growth of disease-causing microorganisms. An antiseptic aids in promoting the health of the greater organism. An “epistemic antiseptic” prevents the growth of deleterious ideas, beliefs, and stereotypes that are detrimental to the greater human organism. An

Studying history is an epistemic antiseptic.

An antiseptic prevents the growth of disease-causing microorganisms. An antiseptic aids in promoting the health of the greater organism. An “epistemic antiseptic” prevents the growth of deleterious ideas, beliefs, and stereotypes that are detrimental to the greater human organism. An

Language is a “dictionary of faded metaphors.”

With regard to mental relations every langauge is a dictionary of faded metaphors (Jean Paul, 1804) Language is a technology, and all technologies have limitations. Language is especially limiting as there can be no words to encapsulate the real-world experience

Language is a “dictionary of faded metaphors.”

With regard to mental relations every langauge is a dictionary of faded metaphors (Jean Paul, 1804) Language is a technology, and all technologies have limitations. Language is especially limiting as there can be no words to encapsulate the real-world experience

News is not information.

News does contain information, but there’s a reason we have two different words. News emerges out of journalism, and journalism is about narrative, and narrative exists to satiate humanity’s penchant for a dramatic story that makes sense. Why do you

News is not information.

News does contain information, but there’s a reason we have two different words. News emerges out of journalism, and journalism is about narrative, and narrative exists to satiate humanity’s penchant for a dramatic story that makes sense. Why do you

Writing is an art. Publishing is a business.

In virtually every endeavor there exists these two elements, the joy of human creativity, and the economics of human behavior (business). Which one you intend to pursue will determine what strategies you deploy and what outcome(s) you achieve. How you

Writing is an art. Publishing is a business.

In virtually every endeavor there exists these two elements, the joy of human creativity, and the economics of human behavior (business). Which one you intend to pursue will determine what strategies you deploy and what outcome(s) you achieve. How you

Emotions are expensive.

Binging. Splurging. Compensating. To hell with it. Wanna save money? Put your frontal cortex in charge of your budget, not your amygdala.

Emotions are expensive.

Binging. Splurging. Compensating. To hell with it. Wanna save money? Put your frontal cortex in charge of your budget, not your amygdala.

Our individual actions matter collectively.

There persists an argument in the debate over global problems how our individual actions can truly make a difference. In short, they don’t, so the argument goes. What is really needed is collective action, which communicates that my individual actions

Our individual actions matter collectively.

There persists an argument in the debate over global problems how our individual actions can truly make a difference. In short, they don’t, so the argument goes. What is really needed is collective action, which communicates that my individual actions

Code, Laws, Norms, Markets | Larry Lessig’s Theory of Regulation

These are the forces / constraints that regulate individuals in a society. Code: What is technologically possible. Laws: What is legally permissible. Norms: What is morally acceptable. Markets: What is financially profitable.

Code, Laws, Norms, Markets | Larry Lessig’s Theory of Regulation

These are the forces / constraints that regulate individuals in a society. Code: What is technologically possible. Laws: What is legally permissible. Norms: What is morally acceptable. Markets: What is financially profitable.

Your argument needs a ligament.

We are emotional beings who leverage emotion as a force. We naturally make arguments that are full of muscle, but they frequently lack coherence or effect. And so, just like a muscle needs to connect to something structural or it

Your argument needs a ligament.

We are emotional beings who leverage emotion as a force. We naturally make arguments that are full of muscle, but they frequently lack coherence or effect. And so, just like a muscle needs to connect to something structural or it

Smart organizations analyze the way. Healthy organizations find a way.

Smart organizations are technically advanced, analytical, attuned to metrics, and are economically savvy. They know markets, trends, media, and their product really well. Smart organizations are “experts.” Healthy organizations are comprised of disciplined people committed to the organization’s core vision

Smart organizations analyze the way. Healthy organizations find a way.

Smart organizations are technically advanced, analytical, attuned to metrics, and are economically savvy. They know markets, trends, media, and their product really well. Smart organizations are “experts.” Healthy organizations are comprised of disciplined people committed to the organization’s core vision

Don’t just ask for feedback. Notice it.

Many companies and organizations have a feedback system by which people provide direct and actionable information that can be used to better the organization. The problem is that this system of feedback can atrophy one’s skill at being aware, of

Don’t just ask for feedback. Notice it.

Many companies and organizations have a feedback system by which people provide direct and actionable information that can be used to better the organization. The problem is that this system of feedback can atrophy one’s skill at being aware, of

The question is the answer.

Seeking certainty, absolutism, and clarity requires the question to be the answer. How do you know when you’ve sold your soul to the power structures of politics, finance, or religion (or all three)? You don’t. But as soon as you

The question is the answer.

Seeking certainty, absolutism, and clarity requires the question to be the answer. How do you know when you’ve sold your soul to the power structures of politics, finance, or religion (or all three)? You don’t. But as soon as you

Religion is an ontological cartography.

Credit to Robert P. Jones for the phrase “ontological cartography” in his book, The End of White Christian America. Ontology: a branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being or existence. Cartography: the science or practice of drawing maps,

Religion is an ontological cartography.

Credit to Robert P. Jones for the phrase “ontological cartography” in his book, The End of White Christian America. Ontology: a branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being or existence. Cartography: the science or practice of drawing maps,

Justice delayed is justice denied.

The sword comes to the world for the delay of judgment, and for the perversion of judgment, and because of those who teach the Torah not in accordance with the accepted law. – Pirkei Avot 5:8, 3rd c., C.E. To

Justice delayed is justice denied.

The sword comes to the world for the delay of judgment, and for the perversion of judgment, and because of those who teach the Torah not in accordance with the accepted law. – Pirkei Avot 5:8, 3rd c., C.E. To

To perform philosophy is to liberate one’s self from one’s philosophy.

It is those who do not consider deeply the philosophies by which one lives who are most bound by them. One cannot see the world clearly without seeing clearly the way one sees. To simply state what is without stating

To perform philosophy is to liberate one’s self from one’s philosophy.

It is those who do not consider deeply the philosophies by which one lives who are most bound by them. One cannot see the world clearly without seeing clearly the way one sees. To simply state what is without stating

Our brains are not able to keep up with our minds.

The speed at which our technological and philosophical innovations are transforming our selves and our environments is happening faster than the speed at which our biology can augment and adjust itself to the new environments. In other words, our brains

Our brains are not able to keep up with our minds.

The speed at which our technological and philosophical innovations are transforming our selves and our environments is happening faster than the speed at which our biology can augment and adjust itself to the new environments. In other words, our brains

Nullius in verba.

“Take no one’s word for it,” or “On the word of no one.” The Royal Society’s motto ‘Nullius in verba’ is taken to mean ‘take nobody’s word for it’. It is an expression of the determination of Fellows to withstand

Nullius in verba.

“Take no one’s word for it,” or “On the word of no one.” The Royal Society’s motto ‘Nullius in verba’ is taken to mean ‘take nobody’s word for it’. It is an expression of the determination of Fellows to withstand

The soul reaching towards infinity…

Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired by passionate devotion to them produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can peradventure read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity, and

The soul reaching towards infinity…

Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired by passionate devotion to them produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can peradventure read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity, and

I am Being. Misunderstood.

The entire struggle of my life, therefore, has been striving to understand. Becoming.

I am Being. Misunderstood.

The entire struggle of my life, therefore, has been striving to understand. Becoming.

All models are wrong. Some are useful.

Attributed to the British statistician George E. P. Box who also said, Remember that all models are wrong; the practical question is how wrong do they have to be to not be useful.

All models are wrong. Some are useful.

Attributed to the British statistician George E. P. Box who also said, Remember that all models are wrong; the practical question is how wrong do they have to be to not be useful.

Traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. Traditions are the living faith of the dead.

Perhaps put another way, traditionalism is the activities and practices separate from the historical community, and traditions are the activities and practices that connect one with the historical community. Either way, it’s always been about family. Never about piety.

Traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. Traditions are the living faith of the dead.

Perhaps put another way, traditionalism is the activities and practices separate from the historical community, and traditions are the activities and practices that connect one with the historical community. Either way, it’s always been about family. Never about piety.

Handle an illusion, shyly.

We are often faced with the challenge of choosing between two goals that we cannot often achieve simultaneously; making a point, or making a difference. Both of those are attempting to transform a mind from some sort of illusion, some

Handle an illusion, shyly.

We are often faced with the challenge of choosing between two goals that we cannot often achieve simultaneously; making a point, or making a difference. Both of those are attempting to transform a mind from some sort of illusion, some

Blame is an abdication of responsibility.

We must first distinguish between “blame” and a rational analysis of causality. Once you’ve done that, if you hear someone use blame as the rational analysis, you’re listening to someone who has given up power; the power to change, make a difference, or

Blame is an abdication of responsibility.

We must first distinguish between “blame” and a rational analysis of causality. Once you’ve done that, if you hear someone use blame as the rational analysis, you’re listening to someone who has given up power; the power to change, make a difference, or

The best questions emerge, not from ignorance, but from deep understanding.

There is, of course, merit in asking questions to gain knowledge, a first step. But the more you understand, the more profound, complex, and challenging your questions become. Life is perplexing, confusing, complicated, and full of paradoxes. Questions about those

The best questions emerge, not from ignorance, but from deep understanding.

There is, of course, merit in asking questions to gain knowledge, a first step. But the more you understand, the more profound, complex, and challenging your questions become. Life is perplexing, confusing, complicated, and full of paradoxes. Questions about those

The opposite of stupid is not smart but study.

Most people think that “stupid” and “smart” are intrinsic characteristics, perhaps immutable, “just the way” some people are. This is false. We all know plenty of “stupid” people who are keen in very smart ways, and plenty of “smart” people

The opposite of stupid is not smart but study.

Most people think that “stupid” and “smart” are intrinsic characteristics, perhaps immutable, “just the way” some people are. This is false. We all know plenty of “stupid” people who are keen in very smart ways, and plenty of “smart” people

The days are gods.

(Old English translation of the Latin) Sunday: “day of the sun” (L. “day of Solis”)Monday: “day of the moon” (L. “day of Luna”)Tuesday: “day of Tiw” (a Germanic god of war and sky; L. “day of Mars”Wednesday: “day of Odin/Woden”

The days are gods.

(Old English translation of the Latin) Sunday: “day of the sun” (L. “day of Solis”)Monday: “day of the moon” (L. “day of Luna”)Tuesday: “day of Tiw” (a Germanic god of war and sky; L. “day of Mars”Wednesday: “day of Odin/Woden”

Rationality is a moral duty.

Inspired by hearing Charlie Munger describe his paternal grandfather’s attitude in life, that you have a moral responsibility to make yourself as unignorant and as unstupid as you possibly can. Besides family, it may be your most important moral obligation.

Rationality is a moral duty.

Inspired by hearing Charlie Munger describe his paternal grandfather’s attitude in life, that you have a moral responsibility to make yourself as unignorant and as unstupid as you possibly can. Besides family, it may be your most important moral obligation.

“The whole trick in life is to get so that your own brain doesn’t mislead you.”

Quote by Charlie Munger. If I could reword it, “The whole trick in life is to not be misled by your own brain.”

“The whole trick in life is to get so that your own brain doesn’t mislead you.”

Quote by Charlie Munger. If I could reword it, “The whole trick in life is to not be misled by your own brain.”

The opposite of fear is not courage, but curiosity.

Curiosity is also the opposite of shame. Fear and shame operate in the limbic system, the more primal engines of our neurology. Curiosity operates in the frontal cortex, the more recent and analytical aspects of our neurology. Fear solicits a

The opposite of fear is not courage, but curiosity.

Curiosity is also the opposite of shame. Fear and shame operate in the limbic system, the more primal engines of our neurology. Curiosity operates in the frontal cortex, the more recent and analytical aspects of our neurology. Fear solicits a

Persuasion is better than force.

Kindness effects more than severity. From the fable of The North Wind and the Sun: The North Wind and the Sun had a quarrel about which of them was the stronger. While they were disputing with much heat and bluster,

Persuasion is better than force.

Kindness effects more than severity. From the fable of The North Wind and the Sun: The North Wind and the Sun had a quarrel about which of them was the stronger. While they were disputing with much heat and bluster,

The idea is to die young, as late as possible.

This quote by anthropologist Ashley Montagu was the opening line in President 43, George H. Bush’s eulogy of his father, President 41, George H. W. Bush.

The idea is to die young, as late as possible.

This quote by anthropologist Ashley Montagu was the opening line in President 43, George H. Bush’s eulogy of his father, President 41, George H. W. Bush.

The opposite of certainty is not doubt, but adventure.

Certainty implies nothing more to learn, nothing more to discover. Certainty doesn’t inspire searching, exploring, or investigating. Adventure is to have wonder, awe, mystery, and surprise. It is the very definition of being “uncertain” of what may come, what may

The opposite of certainty is not doubt, but adventure.

Certainty implies nothing more to learn, nothing more to discover. Certainty doesn’t inspire searching, exploring, or investigating. Adventure is to have wonder, awe, mystery, and surprise. It is the very definition of being “uncertain” of what may come, what may

A successful relationship is not due to compatibility, but adaptability.

The underlying belief “compatibility” is that there are innate, unchangeable aspects of our being that are fundamentally unsuited to be in relationship with other innate, unchangeable aspects of another person. This is a myth. It is also believed that “who we

A successful relationship is not due to compatibility, but adaptability.

The underlying belief “compatibility” is that there are innate, unchangeable aspects of our being that are fundamentally unsuited to be in relationship with other innate, unchangeable aspects of another person. This is a myth. It is also believed that “who we

Advertising is the price you pay for a product or service that is unremarkable.

Put another way, “Advertising is a tax for being unremarkable.” Frequently attributed to Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon. Most likely originally by Robert Stephens, founder of the Geek Squad, Inc., October 1, 2008.

Advertising is the price you pay for a product or service that is unremarkable.

Put another way, “Advertising is a tax for being unremarkable.” Frequently attributed to Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon. Most likely originally by Robert Stephens, founder of the Geek Squad, Inc., October 1, 2008.

עולם חסד יבנה

עולם חסד יבנה – olam chesed yibaneh (a world built on kindness) This simple song was sung a Sabbath service after the shooting at the Tree of Life (Etz Chayim, עץ חיים) Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 27, 2018, the deadliest

עולם חסד יבנה

עולם חסד יבנה – olam chesed yibaneh (a world built on kindness) This simple song was sung a Sabbath service after the shooting at the Tree of Life (Etz Chayim, עץ חיים) Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 27, 2018, the deadliest

Mike Yaconelli’s 4 Principles

Be leery of authority. Go to where the life is. Minister out of weakness. Let Jesus be your muse.

Mike Yaconelli’s 4 Principles

Be leery of authority. Go to where the life is. Minister out of weakness. Let Jesus be your muse.

The value of criticism is not found in what it denounces or condemns. Criticism’s value is found in its being imaginative and prophetic in its evaluation of our possibilities.

Criticism–and it’s noun “critique”–is frequently understood as negative, that its only existence is to be oppositional to the dreamers and the optimists. Criticism is also seen as an enemy to progress, or the mere pessimistic expression of despondent peoples. Criticism

The value of criticism is not found in what it denounces or condemns. Criticism’s value is found in its being imaginative and prophetic in its evaluation of our possibilities.

Criticism–and it’s noun “critique”–is frequently understood as negative, that its only existence is to be oppositional to the dreamers and the optimists. Criticism is also seen as an enemy to progress, or the mere pessimistic expression of despondent peoples. Criticism

Every time you make a shadow, you lose a dimension.

Credit to Rabbi Ari Cartun. Ari said this when discussing how humanity (אדם) is created in the image (בצלם) of God (אלהים) (Genesis 1:27).

Every time you make a shadow, you lose a dimension.

Credit to Rabbi Ari Cartun. Ari said this when discussing how humanity (אדם) is created in the image (בצלם) of God (אלהים) (Genesis 1:27).

Follow the trend lines, not the headlines.

Following the trend lines makes you smart. Following the headlines makes you fearful. Following the trend lines makes you forward-thinking. Following the headlines makes you only look back. Following the trend lines inspires hope. Following the headlines deflates joy.

Follow the trend lines, not the headlines.

Following the trend lines makes you smart. Following the headlines makes you fearful. Following the trend lines makes you forward-thinking. Following the headlines makes you only look back. Following the trend lines inspires hope. Following the headlines deflates joy.

Grow by the collective. Govern like a company.

Another paradox of expansion and growth, illuminated by this quote by Kevin Kelly, The dream of many companies is to graduate from making products to creating a platform. But when they do succeed (like Facebook), they are often not ready

Grow by the collective. Govern like a company.

Another paradox of expansion and growth, illuminated by this quote by Kevin Kelly, The dream of many companies is to graduate from making products to creating a platform. But when they do succeed (like Facebook), they are often not ready

To scrutinize is to sacralize.

In periods of awakening, enlightenment, and even deconstruction, that which gets our scrutiny gets our attention, and that very activity of scrutiny and attention becomes sacralized. While some feel it an attack, it is perhaps one of the most profound

To scrutinize is to sacralize.

In periods of awakening, enlightenment, and even deconstruction, that which gets our scrutiny gets our attention, and that very activity of scrutiny and attention becomes sacralized. While some feel it an attack, it is perhaps one of the most profound

All communicators are translators.

The most common way to think of communicating is as an exchange of thoughts or ideas between two people who share a common language. The dynamics of communication, then, are in how one conveys those messages; video, words, body language, illustrations,

All communicators are translators.

The most common way to think of communicating is as an exchange of thoughts or ideas between two people who share a common language. The dynamics of communication, then, are in how one conveys those messages; video, words, body language, illustrations,

Our greatest imaginative challenge is not finding the right answers, but discovering the right questions.

We often think that we’ll have a better understanding of life if we could just find the answers to our questions. The problem, however, is that our questions predetermine the kind, range, and type of answers that will emerge. In

Our greatest imaginative challenge is not finding the right answers, but discovering the right questions.

We often think that we’ll have a better understanding of life if we could just find the answers to our questions. The problem, however, is that our questions predetermine the kind, range, and type of answers that will emerge. In

The 36 Questions That Lead to Love

The 36 Questions That Lead to Love Based upon The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness, A Procedure and Some Preliminary Findings. Set I Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest? Would you

The 36 Questions That Lead to Love

The 36 Questions That Lead to Love Based upon The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness, A Procedure and Some Preliminary Findings. Set I Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest? Would you

Justice IS the Gospel.

It is common for Christians in my circles to respond to our church’s justice and racial reconciliation efforts as “too political.” It’s difficult at times to discern whether they are disagreeing with the way we voice our convictions, or simply

Justice IS the Gospel.

It is common for Christians in my circles to respond to our church’s justice and racial reconciliation efforts as “too political.” It’s difficult at times to discern whether they are disagreeing with the way we voice our convictions, or simply

…let us live and love without labels.

Married, divorced and single here, it’s one family that mingles here. Conservative and liberal here, we’ve all gotta give a little here. Big and small here, there’s room for all of us here. Doubt and believe here, we call can

…let us live and love without labels.

Married, divorced and single here, it’s one family that mingles here. Conservative and liberal here, we’ve all gotta give a little here. Big and small here, there’s room for all of us here. Doubt and believe here, we call can

Truth does not begin with a question and end in an answer. Truth begins with wonder and ends in a mystery.

Perhaps stated another way, epistemology is not so much a process by which a problem is resolved, or a puzzle is solved. Rather, epistemology is an exercise in grasping, reaching, and yearning for the unknowable. It also involves a concession

Truth does not begin with a question and end in an answer. Truth begins with wonder and ends in a mystery.

Perhaps stated another way, epistemology is not so much a process by which a problem is resolved, or a puzzle is solved. Rather, epistemology is an exercise in grasping, reaching, and yearning for the unknowable. It also involves a concession

Your Solution Is Not My Problem

From Dave McClure’s post, Your SOLUTION Is Not My PROBLEM. Ok folks… if there’s ONE thing i can help you with tonight, it’s how to pitch.  it’s very simple, and i can teach you in about 5 minutes. Here’s the secret: PITCH

Your Solution Is Not My Problem

From Dave McClure’s post, Your SOLUTION Is Not My PROBLEM. Ok folks… if there’s ONE thing i can help you with tonight, it’s how to pitch.  it’s very simple, and i can teach you in about 5 minutes. Here’s the secret: PITCH

You only have two options, the past or the future, because “now” does not exist.

The dimension of time is by its nature a transition from the past into the future. As such, according to physics, “now” does not exist. There is no “now.” You are either stopping and reflecting on the past, or you

You only have two options, the past or the future, because “now” does not exist.

The dimension of time is by its nature a transition from the past into the future. As such, according to physics, “now” does not exist. There is no “now.” You are either stopping and reflecting on the past, or you

Reading is about a becoming, a transformation of personhood.

Yes, reading is a good discipline, and it expands your mind, broadens your horizons, and allows you to escape to imaginative worlds. Reading does make you “smart,” and while the connotations of that word are often elitist, the word “smart”

Reading is about a becoming, a transformation of personhood.

Yes, reading is a good discipline, and it expands your mind, broadens your horizons, and allows you to escape to imaginative worlds. Reading does make you “smart,” and while the connotations of that word are often elitist, the word “smart”

Most problems are actually solutions to other problems. Therefore, don’t deal with problems, deal with finding better solutions.

Consider the problem of procrastination. Procrastination is not the problem. Procrastination is the solution to a bigger problem, be that fear of accomplishment, or the absence of discipline. Consider the problem of arguing with a loved one. Arguing is not the problem.

Most problems are actually solutions to other problems. Therefore, don’t deal with problems, deal with finding better solutions.

Consider the problem of procrastination. Procrastination is not the problem. Procrastination is the solution to a bigger problem, be that fear of accomplishment, or the absence of discipline. Consider the problem of arguing with a loved one. Arguing is not the problem.

Understanding the difference between “problems” and “symptoms” is the most pervasive and pernicious of human challenges, and the pathway toward finding solutions.

You’ve heard many people say, “We have a problem.” But what they are really pointing to is a “symptom.” If you continue to do that, you’ll never understand “the problem,” and you’ll deploy “solutions” that are a waste, and actually

Understanding the difference between “problems” and “symptoms” is the most pervasive and pernicious of human challenges, and the pathway toward finding solutions.

You’ve heard many people say, “We have a problem.” But what they are really pointing to is a “symptom.” If you continue to do that, you’ll never understand “the problem,” and you’ll deploy “solutions” that are a waste, and actually

Stress is experienced when demands exceed resources.

Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that “demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.” In less formal terms, we feel stressed when we feel that “things are out of

Stress is experienced when demands exceed resources.

Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that “demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.” In less formal terms, we feel stressed when we feel that “things are out of

A mature person is someone who is not easily offended.

offended |əˈfendəd| : “resentful or annoyed, typically as a result of a perceived insult.” mature |məˈCHo͝or| : something has “fully developed” or has “reached an advanced stage of mental or emotional development.” Therefore, someone who is easily offended means that

A mature person is someone who is not easily offended.

offended |əˈfendəd| : “resentful or annoyed, typically as a result of a perceived insult.” mature |məˈCHo͝or| : something has “fully developed” or has “reached an advanced stage of mental or emotional development.” Therefore, someone who is easily offended means that

Love is safer than fear.

Throughout history, humanity has dealt with one big daunting question, What do I do with the “other?” Given that the fear center of our brain (the limbic system) is designed to protect us and keep us safe, and that it

Love is safer than fear.

Throughout history, humanity has dealt with one big daunting question, What do I do with the “other?” Given that the fear center of our brain (the limbic system) is designed to protect us and keep us safe, and that it

Leadership is not about stating the facts. Leadership is responsible for shaping the conversation around facts.

Facts are not beliefs. Facts are merely objective data points that reflect reality. It is a common misconception that people in positions of power have a responsibility to report the facts. In reality, everyone has a responsibility to report the

Leadership is not about stating the facts. Leadership is responsible for shaping the conversation around facts.

Facts are not beliefs. Facts are merely objective data points that reflect reality. It is a common misconception that people in positions of power have a responsibility to report the facts. In reality, everyone has a responsibility to report the

Most of us are incompetent at most things.

It is important to recognize and then realize this truth when deciding who you are, and what work you should be doing; your personal vision, and your core commitments. It is human nature to be insecure and ultimately fearful of

Most of us are incompetent at most things.

It is important to recognize and then realize this truth when deciding who you are, and what work you should be doing; your personal vision, and your core commitments. It is human nature to be insecure and ultimately fearful of

“The Gap” by Ira Glass

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you

“The Gap” by Ira Glass

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you

The plan is less important than the planning.

A team with a plan is less effective than a team that has gone through the rigorous and involved process of putting that plan together. The process of planning is what builds knowledge, understanding, insight, and inspiration to execute. For

The plan is less important than the planning.

A team with a plan is less effective than a team that has gone through the rigorous and involved process of putting that plan together. The process of planning is what builds knowledge, understanding, insight, and inspiration to execute. For

Spend more time introducing change than implementing change.

Everybody loves and hates change. Instinctively, people know that change is good. Change means growth, development, innovation, and adventure. Change means improvement, and challenge. Emotionally, however, change is threatening. Change also means the loss of familiarity and the uncertainty of

Spend more time introducing change than implementing change.

Everybody loves and hates change. Instinctively, people know that change is good. Change means growth, development, innovation, and adventure. Change means improvement, and challenge. Emotionally, however, change is threatening. Change also means the loss of familiarity and the uncertainty of

Don’t be afraid to dig in the conflict quarry.

Many managers take issue with employees/constituents who argue. They feel it is threatening, or disrespectful. In addition, many leaders really wish they could move on from the arguments to “the real work” of making deals, or completing projects as they

Don’t be afraid to dig in the conflict quarry.

Many managers take issue with employees/constituents who argue. They feel it is threatening, or disrespectful. In addition, many leaders really wish they could move on from the arguments to “the real work” of making deals, or completing projects as they

Don’t confuse or conflate a “tactical victory” with a “strategic success.”

Tactical victories are particular battles you fight and win. Strategic successes, however, are the end results of all the battles you fight and whether or not they realize the ultimate aims, goals, and objectives of an organization. It is possible

Don’t confuse or conflate a “tactical victory” with a “strategic success.”

Tactical victories are particular battles you fight and win. Strategic successes, however, are the end results of all the battles you fight and whether or not they realize the ultimate aims, goals, and objectives of an organization. It is possible

Prioritize caring for your people and they will prioritize caring for your organization.

There is a direct relationship between how much you prioritize the care of the people in your organization with how much they prioritize the organization over their own selfish desires and ambitions. The more willing you are to prioritize your

Prioritize caring for your people and they will prioritize caring for your organization.

There is a direct relationship between how much you prioritize the care of the people in your organization with how much they prioritize the organization over their own selfish desires and ambitions. The more willing you are to prioritize your

I am not an expert.

Too many people in this world avoid personal or professional development because the unstated implication of growth and maturation is that there is some level of incompetency or immaturity that exists in your current state of understanding. This is known

I am not an expert.

Too many people in this world avoid personal or professional development because the unstated implication of growth and maturation is that there is some level of incompetency or immaturity that exists in your current state of understanding. This is known

Inspect what you expect.

Inspection, done well, communicates care, that you’re invested, and value, that the work is important. Inspection can also allow someone to “brag” and “show off” their work, instilling a sense of accomplishment or pride — a positive sense dignity and

Inspect what you expect.

Inspection, done well, communicates care, that you’re invested, and value, that the work is important. Inspection can also allow someone to “brag” and “show off” their work, instilling a sense of accomplishment or pride — a positive sense dignity and

Groupthink makes the mind stink.

Irving Janis, author of Victims of Groupthink: A Psychological Study of Foreign-Policy Decisions and Fiascoes, has defined group think as, the deterioration of mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment that results from in-group pressures. (p.9) There are several common

Groupthink makes the mind stink.

Irving Janis, author of Victims of Groupthink: A Psychological Study of Foreign-Policy Decisions and Fiascoes, has defined group think as, the deterioration of mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment that results from in-group pressures. (p.9) There are several common

Leadership is about significance, not about prominence.

The great myth of leadership is that leadership is a positional category; that it is rank, order, tier, power. Leadership is more about meaning, purpose, and significance. How one makes an impact in this world, not where one stands in

Leadership is about significance, not about prominence.

The great myth of leadership is that leadership is a positional category; that it is rank, order, tier, power. Leadership is more about meaning, purpose, and significance. How one makes an impact in this world, not where one stands in

Get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Never be an expert. Always be a novice. Never be certain of a solution. Always embrace the next problem. Fail frequently. Do not run from discomfort. Run to it. This is the way of success. This is the way of

Get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Never be an expert. Always be a novice. Never be certain of a solution. Always embrace the next problem. Fail frequently. Do not run from discomfort. Run to it. This is the way of success. This is the way of

We only judge in areas where we are deeply vulnerable to shame.

When someone passes judgment on another, it is often done to “rank order” the other person against oneself. It is a measurement we make to position ourselves. And we do so, not necessarily because we think so low of the

We only judge in areas where we are deeply vulnerable to shame.

When someone passes judgment on another, it is often done to “rank order” the other person against oneself. It is a measurement we make to position ourselves. And we do so, not necessarily because we think so low of the

Labels are a distancing phenomena. Don’t use them.

Labels can be descriptors, but never identifiers. Labels tell you what you perceive, not what is truly there. Labels don’t tell stories, and people are stories in motion. Labels halt listening, the fundamental act of humanizing our species. Let us

Labels are a distancing phenomena. Don’t use them.

Labels can be descriptors, but never identifiers. Labels tell you what you perceive, not what is truly there. Labels don’t tell stories, and people are stories in motion. Labels halt listening, the fundamental act of humanizing our species. Let us

Show up before things blow up.

Also known as “anticipation,” showing up before things blow up is a philosophy of proactive and disciplined leadership which saves time, money, and most of all, heartache. The posture of anticipation is also not predicated on needing the skill of

Show up before things blow up.

Also known as “anticipation,” showing up before things blow up is a philosophy of proactive and disciplined leadership which saves time, money, and most of all, heartache. The posture of anticipation is also not predicated on needing the skill of

Don’t be the smartest person in the room.

As a leader, your job is not to be the one who is most creative, most intelligent, or most important. A leader’s job is to create the environments and conditions in which the most creative, most intelligent, and most important

Don’t be the smartest person in the room.

As a leader, your job is not to be the one who is most creative, most intelligent, or most important. A leader’s job is to create the environments and conditions in which the most creative, most intelligent, and most important

Invest power, do not just wield it.

The people around a great leader are not just governed, they’re empowered. They’re made to feel larger than themselves, and integral to the organization. A great leader invests power and authority into the people that leader serves, and entrusts that

Invest power, do not just wield it.

The people around a great leader are not just governed, they’re empowered. They’re made to feel larger than themselves, and integral to the organization. A great leader invests power and authority into the people that leader serves, and entrusts that

“Abusus non tollit usum.” Misuse does not remove use.

Leadership: Just because effective leadership practices and principles are often misapplied, taken advantage of, or leveraged for one’s own selfish agenda, does not mean those leadership principles are invalid. Religion: Just because religious institutions have abused power, misappropriated theological concepts,

“Abusus non tollit usum.” Misuse does not remove use.

Leadership: Just because effective leadership practices and principles are often misapplied, taken advantage of, or leveraged for one’s own selfish agenda, does not mean those leadership principles are invalid. Religion: Just because religious institutions have abused power, misappropriated theological concepts,

The leadership desert. Everyone leads, not everyone leads well.

Principle 1. Everyone on the face of the planet is a leader. Everyone lives in some kind of organization. Everyone influences other human beings in that organization. Everyone causes life to progress or digress in one or more of an

The leadership desert. Everyone leads, not everyone leads well.

Principle 1. Everyone on the face of the planet is a leader. Everyone lives in some kind of organization. Everyone influences other human beings in that organization. Everyone causes life to progress or digress in one or more of an

It’s called, “the freedom of speech,” not “the freedom of slander.”

Stated anecdotally, I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. – Evelyn Beatrice Hall It is the difference between what we want to say (impulsively, individually, with self-righteous justification) and

It’s called, “the freedom of speech,” not “the freedom of slander.”

Stated anecdotally, I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. – Evelyn Beatrice Hall It is the difference between what we want to say (impulsively, individually, with self-righteous justification) and

Don’t be a bibliophile. Be an ideophile.

Don’t love books. Love ideas. Crave them. Soak in them. Leverage them. Manipulate them. Collect them. Smash them together like a particle accelerator and see what they’re made of. Track them down like Sherlock Holmes. Perform forensic dissections on them.

Don’t be a bibliophile. Be an ideophile.

Don’t love books. Love ideas. Crave them. Soak in them. Leverage them. Manipulate them. Collect them. Smash them together like a particle accelerator and see what they’re made of. Track them down like Sherlock Holmes. Perform forensic dissections on them.

Use the phrase, “I decided…”

There is a choice in every choice. This choice could make a radical difference in life outcomes. That choice is to view your activity as a matter of consequence or as a matter of free will. This is not about

Use the phrase, “I decided…”

There is a choice in every choice. This choice could make a radical difference in life outcomes. That choice is to view your activity as a matter of consequence or as a matter of free will. This is not about

Be ridiculously optimistic. We have a glass.

In the great debate between “half-empty” vs. “half-full,” we seem to have missed the fact that we have a glass. Checkmate, pessimists. #optimistswin

Be ridiculously optimistic. We have a glass.

In the great debate between “half-empty” vs. “half-full,” we seem to have missed the fact that we have a glass. Checkmate, pessimists. #optimistswin

Fill the communication gap with love.

Because of the inadequacies of human connection, there are a variety of ways in which communication is missed leaving a gap between you and the other. Because of the insecurities of the human spirit, most often that obscurity leads to

Fill the communication gap with love.

Because of the inadequacies of human connection, there are a variety of ways in which communication is missed leaving a gap between you and the other. Because of the insecurities of the human spirit, most often that obscurity leads to

David Foster Wallace on Leadership

It is just about impossible to talk about the really important stuff in politics without using terms that have become such awful clichés they make your eyes glaze over and are hard to even hear. One such term is “leader,”

David Foster Wallace on Leadership

It is just about impossible to talk about the really important stuff in politics without using terms that have become such awful clichés they make your eyes glaze over and are hard to even hear. One such term is “leader,”

Evaluate a leader’s character and integrity by those who see them most and know them best.

In our celebrity culture, it is almost instinctual to evaluate a leader on their “product,” the thing they offer to the world that is consumed by their patrons, and thus evaluated by the rubrics of “customer satisfaction.” This is great

Evaluate a leader’s character and integrity by those who see them most and know them best.

In our celebrity culture, it is almost instinctual to evaluate a leader on their “product,” the thing they offer to the world that is consumed by their patrons, and thus evaluated by the rubrics of “customer satisfaction.” This is great

Great leaders say, “I’m sorry.”

Too often an apology is seen as an admission of fault or an acceptance of liability. This is a low view of the word “sorry.” Leaders who only see an apology as somehow undermining their position or authority not only

Great leaders say, “I’m sorry.”

Too often an apology is seen as an admission of fault or an acceptance of liability. This is a low view of the word “sorry.” Leaders who only see an apology as somehow undermining their position or authority not only

The three occupations of an effective leader: curator, librarian, and tour guide.

While our interconnected world will always need experts, experts by definition are not people of influence but rather people of ownership, people who “possess” what they know. Leadership requires an interpretation and deployment of that expertise in ways that are

The three occupations of an effective leader: curator, librarian, and tour guide.

While our interconnected world will always need experts, experts by definition are not people of influence but rather people of ownership, people who “possess” what they know. Leadership requires an interpretation and deployment of that expertise in ways that are

When elephants fight it’s the grass that suffers.

If elephants=leaders, and grass=people under those leaders, what is most painful about this African proverb is that the elephants neither know nor care about the pain they cause to the grass. The warring elephants are too distracted with winning the

When elephants fight it’s the grass that suffers.

If elephants=leaders, and grass=people under those leaders, what is most painful about this African proverb is that the elephants neither know nor care about the pain they cause to the grass. The warring elephants are too distracted with winning the

Mentor yourself.

It is frequently asked of high profile people, “Will you be my mentor?” Why? A mentoring relationship subconsciously offers promises it may not be able to keep; the promise of climbing a corporate ladder, the promise of gaining “secret intelligence,”

Mentor yourself.

It is frequently asked of high profile people, “Will you be my mentor?” Why? A mentoring relationship subconsciously offers promises it may not be able to keep; the promise of climbing a corporate ladder, the promise of gaining “secret intelligence,”

Most debates around atheism (and Christianity) are not about God. They’re about epistemology. Don’t be an apologist. Be an epistemologist.

And what is discouraging is that most Christian apologists are focused and adept at dogma, rhetoric, and dogmatic rhetoric, and not so good at critical thinking skills, objectivity, logic, and reason. Popular audiences do not help with this problem as

Most debates around atheism (and Christianity) are not about God. They’re about epistemology. Don’t be an apologist. Be an epistemologist.

And what is discouraging is that most Christian apologists are focused and adept at dogma, rhetoric, and dogmatic rhetoric, and not so good at critical thinking skills, objectivity, logic, and reason. Popular audiences do not help with this problem as

I’d rather be in the arena marred and spent, than be a critic who is cold, timid, and ignorant of victory and defeat.

At least, that is how I feel after reading quotes like this: It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better.

I’d rather be in the arena marred and spent, than be a critic who is cold, timid, and ignorant of victory and defeat.

At least, that is how I feel after reading quotes like this: It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better.

Abstinence is not merely the avoidance of an activity. It is the discipline to not be mastered by the temptation.

Too often the term “abstinence” refers only to the external physical behavior. We must elevate this term and its cognates to something much richer, much deeper, and much more empowering. Mere avoidant passivity is incomplete and uninspiring. True abstinence requires

Abstinence is not merely the avoidance of an activity. It is the discipline to not be mastered by the temptation.

Too often the term “abstinence” refers only to the external physical behavior. We must elevate this term and its cognates to something much richer, much deeper, and much more empowering. Mere avoidant passivity is incomplete and uninspiring. True abstinence requires

The difference between optimists and pessimists is how one perceives the space between here and there.

Pessimists and Optimists both can see and understand the conclusion, the goal, or the end result. Both can apprehend its value and importance. Both can even desire it. What makes one a pessimist vs. an optimists is now how one

The difference between optimists and pessimists is how one perceives the space between here and there.

Pessimists and Optimists both can see and understand the conclusion, the goal, or the end result. Both can apprehend its value and importance. Both can even desire it. What makes one a pessimist vs. an optimists is now how one

Why it might be helpful to apologize for something that’s not your fault.

An apology for something beyond anyone’s control, such as the weather, has the effect of making others trust the apologizer. For example, when a young man approached strangers in a train station on a rainy day and said, “I’m so

Why it might be helpful to apologize for something that’s not your fault.

An apology for something beyond anyone’s control, such as the weather, has the effect of making others trust the apologizer. For example, when a young man approached strangers in a train station on a rainy day and said, “I’m so

If you understand less, then learn. If you understand more, then teach.

But do not be an ass, an imbecile, or a recluse. This is the way of human progression.

If you understand less, then learn. If you understand more, then teach.

But do not be an ass, an imbecile, or a recluse. This is the way of human progression.

What leaders won’t do? Endure emotional discomfort at work.

[The following is a truncated version of Patrick Lencioni’s POV (point of view) article, June 2013.] In the course of my career, I’ve always been amazed at what leaders will do for their organizations. So many founders and CEOs will

What leaders won’t do? Endure emotional discomfort at work.

[The following is a truncated version of Patrick Lencioni’s POV (point of view) article, June 2013.] In the course of my career, I’ve always been amazed at what leaders will do for their organizations. So many founders and CEOs will

Data, Information, Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom.

What I would call an “epistemological hierarchy,” each level attains not simply more truth, but completely different categories of truth which must be fully embraced to captivate the fullness of “truth.” Data is the category of facts. Information adds the

Data, Information, Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom.

What I would call an “epistemological hierarchy,” each level attains not simply more truth, but completely different categories of truth which must be fully embraced to captivate the fullness of “truth.” Data is the category of facts. Information adds the

The opposite of a covenant is compliance.

When you lead people, through positional or moral authority, it is easy to equate people’s level of compliance with your level of effectiveness. Compliance, however, is not about how inspired people are, or how engaged they happen to be. Compliance

The opposite of a covenant is compliance.

When you lead people, through positional or moral authority, it is easy to equate people’s level of compliance with your level of effectiveness. Compliance, however, is not about how inspired people are, or how engaged they happen to be. Compliance