When I go back to visit the States, one of the first questions I get asked is: “are you still meditating?” The answer is always the same:   Of course. I need it to thrive. I attribute part of any success I may have achieved to this daily habit.  When people ask me how they can have a better life at work or how they can become a more effective leader, I recommend meditation. You may think that meditation is…

There is no other way to say it.  When I hear people talk about competencies, monetization, upskilling, and feedback loops , I’m ready to leave the room. Why has the language of business become so inhuman? Humans do the work. Humans are the assets that companies ostensibly are proud of, but the language of business is right out of the military and machinery. I hate the word alignment.  Today, I was thinking how inappropriate it is.  It sounds like something…

What do I want to Create Today? This is the only question to ask yourself when you wake up in the morning and head to work.  You can have the kind of life you want at work. Completely change the way you look at work.  Look at it as a canvas on which you can paint your life. What do you really want?  What footprint do you want to leave?  How do you want to show up in other people’s…

It  sounds weird, doesn’t it, but that’s how I felt. I was happy to cry. The reason I cried  wasn’t even personal.  It was about a story I read. In a way though it was personal. It was a story about the actor Telly Leung and  I wrote to journalist Michael Rocha at the San Diego Union Tribune about his story.  The story was beautifully written. I also loved what Mr Leung said. He’s so optimistic and honest. Here’s part…

I’m sitting in Starbucks.  Don’t ever conduct performance appraisals here. That said, I often see people conducting performance reviews here–and not just Starbucks staff.  People from all kinds of companies. Starbucks is not the place to have a private conversation. It’s the wrong place. No privacy. People like me eavesdrop. No chance to show emotion either. But maybe that’s what people want. Today’s the worst. In the space of an hour, this is what I’ve [over] heard and my response….