An American Life

On this observance of Veterans Day I am reposting this tribute to my late stepfather, a veteran of both World War II and the Korean conflict. Like so many others, before and after, he served his country with distinction and honor. We are forever in their debt.  My stepfather, William P. Clancey, Jr. died onContinue reading “An American Life”

The Next Right Thing

“The purpose of life is not to maintain personal comfort; it’s to grow the soul…’The work’ does not need to be grand, only fitting. It is guided by asking ourselves over and over: What is the next right thing?” ~Christina Baldwin, The Seven Whispers: A Spiritual Practice for Times Like These My daughter auditioned for aContinue reading “The Next Right Thing”

To Be An Artist

“Because self-knowledge is the most difficult of the arts of living, because understanding ourselves is a prerequisite for understanding anybody else, and because we can hardly fathom the reality of another without first plumbing our own depths, art is what makes us not only human but humane.” – Maria Popova – What a wonderful phrase, theContinue reading “To Be An Artist”

The Tyranny of “They”

There are many, many bright and thoughtful people who will be happy to tell you which path to follow. It’s much easier to play armchair quarterback with someone else’s life so opinions come freely and often. The tyranny of “they” afflicts us in two ways: First, it supports our reservations about declaring our path throughContinue reading “The Tyranny of “They””

Before Asking Others to Change

How will you change first? How must you change first? It’s a radical question because it puts the responsibility back on you. And few people, few leaders are willing to take that kind of responsibility. Or ask it this way, from The Art of Possibility , “Who am I being that my player’s (my colleague’s,Continue reading “Before Asking Others to Change”

The One Conversation That Will Change Everything

You want to get better at having more challenging and courageous conversations. What you’re doing now isn’t working so you’re looking for a better way, a way to hold a real conversation that actually leads to meaningful change. Like most people you’ve done your research and found that there’s no shortage of books to helpContinue reading “The One Conversation That Will Change Everything”

The Courage to Play

I received the following “Words of EnCOURAGEment” this week from Terasa Cooley, Executive Director of the The Center for Courage and Renewal. I hope you appreciate and enjoy it as much as I do and then take a few minutes to go to the Center’s website and learn about their important work. Back in 2013, Bruce SpringsteenContinue reading “The Courage to Play”

You Don’t Fear People Whose Story You Know

“Ask: ‘What’s possible?’ not ‘What’s wrong?’ Keep asking. Notice what you care about. Assume that many others share your dreams. Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters. Talk to people you know. Talk to people you don’t know. Talk to people you never talk to. Be intrigued by the differences you hear. ExpectContinue reading “You Don’t Fear People Whose Story You Know”

First, Turn the Soil

Everyone wants to talk about harvesting. A few want to talk about planting. Even fewer want to talk about preparing the soil. I came across an article yesterday called What Amazing Bosses Do Differently. Like so many books and articles out there right now it says all the right things. None of it is new. Here’sContinue reading “First, Turn the Soil”

Small Moves: 100 Days of Connection

“Because it is familiar a thing remains unknown.” Hegel There is a powerful moment at the beginning of the movie “Contact” when young Ellie is calling out on her shortwave radio. She is trying to find someone, anyone, who might be listening on the same frequency. As her frustration grows her dad implores her, “SmallContinue reading “Small Moves: 100 Days of Connection”