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Increasing Your Emotional Intell...

Getting emotional at work? Hold on just 6 seconds…   A common but mistaken belief is that emotions belong at home, not at the workplace; that they are to be put down at the front door when you leave your house, and only be picked up again when you return. Mind and body are sufficient […]

Cultivating Your Intrinsic Motiv...

“You Are One Decision Away from a Completely Different Life.” ―Mel Robbins You’ve heard of the five second rule – the myth that food which falls on the floor is safe to eat, provided you pick it up within five seconds. While this rule seems ill-advised, there is another five second rule that may be […]

Productive Work Habits

“…and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.” ― Jesus Christ   Have you gone the extra mile lately?   During the reign of the Roman Empire, a Roman soldier could order the subject of a conquered nation to carry a package for one mile. It didn’t matter […]

Turning Random Groups into Teams

A group is a bunch of people in an elevator. A team is a bunch of people in an elevator, but the elevator is broken! — Bonnie Edelstein A stalled elevator. And suddenly, the group has a purpose. A life and death purpose. To get that elevator moving, to alert someone on the outside. To […]

Moving Forward: Turning Setbacks...

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” —George Eliot One of my colleagues recently told me the amazing true story about the State of Alabama, boll weevils, and peanuts.   The boll weevil is a small variety of beetle. It is a voracious pest. It nests in the boll, the seed […]

Free Yourself, Let Go

“When you let go, you create space for something better.” – Unknown A story is told of two monks. They were on a journey. Darkness fell. They got to a river with a strong current. They found a young lady there. She gazed at the current warily. “Would you help me cross to the other […]

Riding the Storm

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. –Maya Angelou The twin-engine McDonnell Douglas DC-9 jet airliner first flew in 1965. The year I was born. The aircraft was designed for frequent, short flights. I boarded the single aisle Fly540 aircraft at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on a drizzly Friday afternoon. […]

Unbroken

“Where there’s still life, there’s still hope.” –Louis Zamperini Whenever we face the surgeon’s knife, we are confronted with possibilities. It could be improved health or devastating consequences. This was made real to me recently during a mission to assess the state of learning in schools within Nairobi County.   On this day, I didn’t […]

Adventures in Travel and Writing

“Some people have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to do when all they really need is one reason why they can.” –Willis Whitney A few hours are all I had to make the decision. Should I cancel the reservations? Flight. Hotel. Writing retreat. Appointments. The pressure at work had been […]

A Genius-in-Waiting Needs You

An inspiring story is told about Thomas Edison. According to the story, when he was 12 years old his teacher gave him a note for his mother. When he got home from school, he gave the note to his mom and was amazed at how touched she was by the note. Tears filled her eyes […]

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