Those who can and those who cannot

October 27 2015

There is no way to tell who will win. A participant list doesn’t mean everyone will start the race. Some will wake up feeling under the weather and decide to stay in bed. A few joggers may step up to the line the “day-of,” making the decision to run that morning or even that hour. […]


Get lost for awhile

October 22 2015

Leave your phone at home. Lose track of time. Forget your schedule. Close your internet browser. Call a friend. Find a new restaurant. Drive out of the city. Or ride your bike to the nearest town. Play something new on the radio. Hold her hand. Draw, color, paint, read, build, bake. Climb to the tallest […]


3 things I learned starting a social enterprise in Nepal

October 15 2015

Yesterday I had the honor of addressing attendees of Skövde Business Week. I presented my experiences founding the Learning House, a center devoted to education, leadership and community in Western Nepal. To hear my full talk, click this link. I believe “A rising tide lifts all boats.” I don’t think scientific research is needed to show that more educated and competent citizens lead […]


You have something precious.

October 08 2015

Several months ago I had the pleasure of speaking on the ChapterBe podcast. I talked about how I ended up in Nepal and lessons I’ve learned along the way. It was a great interview, punctuated with street dogs barking in the background. The podcast highlights stories of people living across the globe who have made a commitment to live […]


Hiring and firing can make or break you

September 29 2015

I had to make some difficult decisions this week. A few team players haven’t been pulling their weight, so after several discussions trying to find the root of the problem, we had to have The Conversation. There are moments to recognize when it’s time to move on. Passions may be mismatched, vision lost, energy depleted. Firing doesn’t need […]


Stop trying to find your passion; do something nice for someone instead.

September 24 2015

There’s a lot of pressure out there to “do meaningful work,” “find your bliss” and “unleash your passion.” We’re lucky to live in a time and place where we have the opportunity to make choices; choices about where we work, who we work for, what we do to make money, who we date, where we buy […]


Imperfect solution

September 17 2015

Several years ago, I had the honor of working alongside Seth Godin. Besides being a brilliant thinker and marketing trendsetter, he’s an incredible teacher. We organized a workshop for entrepreneurs and business owners. Participants traveled from around the world. Many were experiencing difficulties they were struggling to overcome, and they were looking to Seth for answers. “Are […]


Beliefs and your destiny

September 10 2015

Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny. –Gandhi It sounds cliche, but it’s true. Pay attention to the places your mind wanders. (Want a “real life” example? Read my story about hard work, dreams […]


Ignore them

September 03 2015

There’s always a comment. No matter how great your effort is, how flawless your work, someone can do it better. They’re whispering, “Your competitor is further along. Another company has edged you out this quarter. Her work is getting more publicity, more recognition.” You’re spending time reading comments. “His project is scoring more funding. They’re getting all the […]


The responsibility to connect

August 27 2015

We have tools at our fingertips to connect and unite. Different levels of support, layers of talent, examples to reference. With access comes choice. What if “connecting” was an obligation? Would you make that call? Send that email? Reprioritize your schedule? Your introduction could match a promising worker with an employer in need, build a bridge for a new […]