“Can I Get a Refund For 2021, Please?”

If this popular question is any indication, 2021 might not have started the way everyone hoped. We were all so eager to be through with the hardships of 2020 that we thought 2021 would be different. Turns out, not so much. January’s been brutal — a roller coaster of emotions — and the year is […]

Imagining the Unimaginable Can Make You a Better Leader

“Nobody could have imagined this.” “This is unbelievable.” “I can’t believe what we’re seeing.” That was the language of January 6th as domestic insurgents desecrated the hallowed halls of the U.S. Capitol. From a standpoint of human emotion, each and every one of the above statements is completely understandable. They are also completely wrong. As horrific as […]

How to Stop Your Lockdown Feeling Becoming a Mood

Be all that you can be. This old Army slogan speaks to those who will experience hardship serving in the military. Who might suffer loss or trauma, but will still show up the next day, beside their comrades, being all that they can be. That kind of resilience takes work, and it’s what we need […]

How to Stay Sane if Your Work and Leisure Days are Blurring into One

I never expected to star in my own version of Groundhog Day. Did you? We’re about 200 days into the pandemic. For many people, that’s 200 days of relatively the same, exact day. We don’t have our usual weekend structures, making it easier for work to bleed into home life and relaxation time, so each day blends […]

Fake News, Facebook, and How We’re Influenceable Commodities. 4 Things to do Now

The hands are on the scales, and they’re tipped against us. There has been a lot of discussion as of late about facts and fake news—about how facts and opinions are conflated in the same sentence, paragraph thought, and are given equal weight. I’ve been thinking about and working through this problem for the past […]

Has This Pandemic Changed How You View Time?

“What is a week-end?” As the humorous line in British series Downton Abbey reminds us, the Industrial Revolution brought about more than machines: it fundamentally altered how society perceived time on a mass level. Weekends came into existence. It was the start of clocking in and clocking out — of living by a clock with […]

Why Every Leader Needs to Become a Campaign Manager

Now, more than ever, we have to figure out how to get stuff done and how to be smart about it. Both professionally and personally, our lives will inevitably change moving forward, the only certainty is that we must be ready to face it. Thinking differently is part of the solution (mixed table link), but […]

Post Crisis Business Ideas: Create New Ways of Thinking With a Mixed Table

“Two heads are better than one,” is an axiom for a reason. In today’s specialized world, we are encouraged to have a laser focus on our individual areas of expertise. Although such specialization is a critical component of our education system; there is a high risk of falling into groupthink and overlooking creative solutions when […]

How the Coronavirus Could Lead to a New Renaissance

The future has never been guaranteed. Even so, we’ve taken it for granted, and have avoided preparing in government, our businesses, and society in general. We tend to “work in,” not “work on,” managing too many crises and tasks to tackle the tough questions about the reliability of our futures, let alone develop plans to […]

Create a Better World by Eliminating Rigidity of Thought

In times of tremendous instability, the easiest tendency to fall victim to is retrenchment. “Let’s just go back to how things were before…” many find themselves musing. But the “good old days” crowd has to face some facts. For one, unless somebody creates Doc Brown’s DeLorean time machine, we can’t just “go back.” Even more […]