On a recent trip to India, I had the opportunity to sit down for conversations with a few teenagers in Gorakhpur, a city in Uttar Pradesh. I peppered the students with questions, eager to learn about their experiences, what they love to do, and what they are learning about. When I asked them if they … Continue reading Where Do You Belong?
What is the purpose of a question? Children ask hundreds of questions each day, but as we grow older, we ask less and less. Perhaps it is because the world isn't as new to us anymore, or perhaps it is because we are afraid of the answers. We tend to ask questions that help us … Continue reading Powerful Questions (Part I)
I write a lot about the importance of values. Developing them, defining them, and living them. How about changing them? I think that for many, living by a named and defined set of values is extremely valuable (pun intended). So what do you do when you realize that your values have changed or evolved? You … Continue reading Updating My Core Values
Wake up early: I’ve always been an early riser (I usually get up at 6am), and I find that the earlier I wake up, the more productive I am. I like to start the day at the gym, followed by a 10 minutes of meditating, and then reading or watching the news while I eat … Continue reading 10 Things To Do Every Day
Work/Life _____ Many say that work/life balance is an unachievable aspiration. Some believe it should be reframed to work/life integration. Others believe that work and life should be completely separate. Depending on the week, or even day, I fall into one of the three. To me, constantly pursuing work/life balance, integration, or separation, is unnecessary and can … Continue reading Reframing “Work/Life ____” to Reduce Stress
Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to interview a lot of prospective candidates for a variety of positions, from entry-level, to c-suite, to volunteer, to consultant. I have been frequently told that I am a tough interviewer - but I also do my best to make sure the interviewee is comfortable and can … Continue reading Interviewing in the Social Sector
Throughout my life, I have focused on saying "Yes." I have said yes to new opportunities at work, to volunteer opportunities, to event invites, to dates, and to everything in between. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the reason why. Why do I always say yes, even if I don't want to do the … Continue reading My Year of No