Soft Rain

Soft Rain

On one of my many trips to Ireland, I traveled to western counties. The green fields amazed me, and the gardens in front of cottages and wild hedgerows were stunning.  As I spent time there, I often experienced what locals call “soft rain.” These soft rains are light...
How Does Softness Feed an Organization?

How Does Softness Feed an Organization?

Organizations often scoff when something doesn’t have a perceived value or purpose in a “lean, mean and profitable” organization. For example, emotional intelligence, empathy, relationships, and building trust are soft skills. They aren’t valued or connected to...
Why I Have Hope For Our Future

Why I Have Hope For Our Future

The challenges we face in our lives and our world seem to keep mounting. With each passing month, the list grows longer. As a result, our belief in our capacity to meet these challenges can sometimes be hopeful and, at other times, overwhelming. I believe we are in a...
The Power of Hitting Pause

The Power of Hitting Pause

I recently revisited one of my favorite books, The Tao of Leadership: Leadership Strategies for a New Age (1986) by John Heider. Despite the passing of time since its publication, this book holds words of wisdom that still apply in 2022. On page 23, there is a short...
Making a Positive Difference

Making a Positive Difference

2022 has been a strange year. Between severe weather events, divisive politics and elections, economic inflation, the war in Ukraine, protests in the streets of China and Iran and a lagging response to climate change (the real threat to our planet) – the disruptions...