For longer than I care to remember, my wife and I have grappled with a parenting challenge that we hadn’t faced in the past. Our five-year-old and the youngest of our six children was acting very much like the baby of the family. In his self-defined role, he was unwilling to do certain things
Do your people feel valued and appreciated at work? If you're a leader, one of the most important things you need to be doing is thinking about how can you demonstrate appreciation – that's right – appreciation for your people and what they are doing for you. We
As a coach, it is relatively common to be contacted by individuals who feel stuck. Often, these people are mid-late career and struggle in their current position. Their challenges often include, but are not limited to:
When I first began as a head of school I got in touch with someone who helped arrange mentors for new principals. After a short while, I was assigned an experienced mentor from a school on the other side of the country. He agreed to help me as a favor, and, for a while we
Recently, my wife flew to Israel to spend a week with our son who is studying abroad. That left me back at home with our four youngest kids, including three in elementary school. For a father whose typical parenting role involves a few isolated chores and child-rearing duties, this was a
Recently, I was out driving on the highway during a rain storm. I signaled right and started to switch lanes. The problem was that, due to low visibility, I failed to see a van that was moving into the same space. Its tail swiped the front side of my car.
Mondays can be challenging. As the first day back to work, it requires us to leave behind our relaxing weekends and jump back into the grind. Making matters worse, we have to reestablish routines that got interrupted by the relative serenity of Saturday and Sunday. No wonder some
“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” Albert Schweitzer In his bestselling book Drive (pp. 154-155), author Dank Pink references a 1962 conversation between Congresswoman Claire Boothe Luce and President John F. Kennedy. Sensing
A recent report from the US Department of Labor confirms what many of us already suspect. Employee productivity is on the decline, with increases in email to respond to, web surfing, daily meetings, and poor management partly to blame (though meetings and idea sharing, while not productive per se, can and often do yield positive... Read more »
I walked out of synagogue with my five-year-old yesterday afternoon to find a local (Passaic, NJ) police officer stationed out front. It was then that I learned about the awful tragedy that took the lives of 11 Jewish men in Pittsburgh earlier in the day.