One of the hardest times to find a taxi in busy downtown metropolitan areas, at least in the pre-Uber era, is when it’s raining. Studies conducted in London, NYC and elsewhere have shown that the meaningful uptick in rider demand during inclement weather is not matched by taxi availability. Soggy would-be riders are often forced to

Imagine the following scenario: One cool October afternoon, a religious man goes to visit his Torah observant therapist to discuss his many stressors. He is uneasy with his material lot, and feels the strain of keeping up with all of the proverbial Goldbergs in his life. It troubles him to see others in his community who live in larger, more
As a coach and professional development provider, I often find myself having some variation of the following conversation with an organization’s chief executive, HR director, or program coordinator. “Please make sure,” they say, “to include lots of practical examples for everyone in the room when you speak.” They explain their request as follows. “Oftentimes when we bring
At the end of my first year serving as Principal of a school, I met up for breakfast with someone who was very instrumental in developing school leadership talent, and had founded the graduate level program in educational administration that I had attended. He had also been a board chair for multiple area schools. I had asked to meet with him so I could let him enjoy
If we were supposed to talk more than we listen, we would have two tongues and one ear. Mark Twain. At the beginning of my principal tenure I was heavily criticized for rushing into decisions without getting sufficient input and feedback. I had been under the clear impression that certain changes needed to be made quickly in order to gain the trust of the board that had hired me.
I remember once sitting around the table with my faculty advisory committee. The committee consisted of four teachers from different grade levels and disciplines within the school and was designed to offer me feedback on various programs and change initiatives as well as be my ears on the ground. At one point the conversation moved... Read more »
In my capacities as an executive coach and a professional development provider, I regularly prepare presentations for live and web audiences. Whether the focus is on content or sales, I know the importance of a strong presentation in delivering value to clients and promoting my business. We have all attended great presentations that left us... Read more »
I recently delivered a talk at an advancement conference on the topic of identifying and communicating a school’s unique qualities and mission. During the presentation, an issue emerged that sits at the forefront of the minds of many of the professionals who were in attendance. I spoke of the need for advancement personnel (development, admissions, recruitment / retention, communications,