Empathy needs a good shoe size fit

Empathy needs a good shoe size fit

One of the most common definitions of empathy is that of “walking in the shoes of another person.” But do the shoes fit? How can we know what empathy really is? Adam Sicinski, in his website IQ Marix, states that “Empathy has the ability to accurately experience...
Using Design Thinking to Prepare Meetings

Using Design Thinking to Prepare Meetings

Maya Berstein is the founding co-director of Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership’s Certificate in Facilitation and is on faculty. Maya is the founding co-director of and an Associate at UpStart Lab, an incubator that supports innovation...
Innovation takes time and space to flourish

Innovation takes time and space to flourish

Steven Johnson is a great storyteller. His book, Where Good Ideas Come From, the Natural History of Innovation [1], is full of multiple stories that make a point of his title, filled with example after example of creative, innovative ideas that need space and time to...
Design Thinking and Recovery from Covid-19

Design Thinking and Recovery from Covid-19

The downsizing of our world during the pandemic of this year 2020 is predicted as promising a “new normal” of VUCA – volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity – swift, unexpected change, surprising happenings, confusing issues, and multiple possible factors –...
Am I True to Myself?

Am I True to Myself?

After an attentive reading of The Arbinger Institute’s* internationally well-known book, Leadership and Self-Deception, Getting Out of the Box, the reader experiences a change to an outward mindset. This is a MUST read book for anyone in relationship, because...
Our Unbelievably Versatile Heart

Our Unbelievably Versatile Heart

Most of us have probably considered references to the heart as poetic symbolism or anecdotal metaphor rather than the organ that circulates blood throughout the body. Even the biblical uses of the heart such as “What comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart” or...
Use Your Head, Listen to Your Heart, Follow Your Gut

Use Your Head, Listen to Your Heart, Follow Your Gut

Back in the 1990s, when President George H.W. Bush declared the decade of the brain, neuroscience began its in-depth study of the brain. The fascination with the triple brain appeared, featuring the “reptilian brain” (brain stem of vital functions), the “mammalian...
Innovation, Imagination, and Curiosity

Innovation, Imagination, and Curiosity

Children have incredible imagination in their play and fantasies; they can build magical things, play their own kinds of games, or imagine being grown up like mom and dad, and recount outlandish stories. These might account for the many fictitious novels authors...
The Starting Point of Innovation

The Starting Point of Innovation

Where would a person start when it comes to innovation?  What would be the launching point of such an endeavor?  Just about everyone wants to make changes in one’s life, whether it be at home with relationships or physical circumstances or at work with challenges that...
A thought about the culture of simple innovation

A thought about the culture of simple innovation

Most of us at one time might have worked in an organization that muddled along on “status quo” – it’s the same pace and rhythm day after day, a constant input and output. In such consistent organizations, there seem to be the monotony of blind spots; no one has a...

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