Twelve Traits I Look for in a President

These twelve traits are in no particular order, although I would probably say the first one is the most important one for me: kindness wisdom humility collaborative fairness compassion honesty sense of humor enthusiasm creative peaceful sense of gratitude To me, character matters, a lot, in our leaders. I think it would be impossible to … Continue reading Twelve Traits I Look for in a President

The 10-5 Rule for Civility

In today's Pinkcast, Dan Pink interviews Christine Porath, a Georgetown University professor and author of Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace. In the interview, Porath shares a remarkably simple technique for deepening respect and promoting belongingness in any setting. In other words, how to be more civil and kind. Porath notes that civility is … Continue reading The 10-5 Rule for Civility

“No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, Is Ever Wasted”

The quote above comes from the famous Aesop's fable of the Lion and the Mouse. Here's the short story, in case you've forgotten it or never heard of it. A Lion lay asleep in the forest, his great head resting on his paws. A timid little Mouse came upon him unexpectedly, and in her fright … Continue reading “No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, Is Ever Wasted”

A “Helping You to Be More Thoughtful” App

We use apps to play games. We use apps to check our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. We use apps to read the news. None of these apps makes us a better person or improves our relationships with those we are close to. In fact, it might be argued that if we are using these … Continue reading A “Helping You to Be More Thoughtful” App

Seth Godin’s Blog Hits Close to Home

Here is yesterday's post from Seth Godin: For generations, people dumped crap into the Hudson River. The river was so large and so swift that they assumed that the effluent wouldn’t come back to haunt them. Of course, it did, killing the oyster beds and poisoning the public. How big does a body of water … Continue reading Seth Godin’s Blog Hits Close to Home

A Great Weekend, Made Even Better by the Kindness of Strangers

We spent the weekend visiting out oldest son in Cleveland and we had a great time. We got to explore the city, including a walking tour of a closed subway tunnel and a free trolley ride around town. We also had some great meals along the way. But what made the weekend even better was … Continue reading A Great Weekend, Made Even Better by the Kindness of Strangers

Is Nice the New Black?

My wife has always said (and I agreed) that the number one trait she wanted in our three boys was that they be kind. While such a trait may not be the first one you think of when you think of how to succeed in the business world, there have recently been several best-selling books … Continue reading Is Nice the New Black?