Category Archives: Stories

Would you give a friend heroin?

on November 18, 2017 in Fitness, Habits, Stories

My LinkedIn post today, “Would you give a friend heroin?,” began Would you give a friend heroin? A few months ago the host of a podcast I was on sent me a package of brownies to thank me for appearing on his show. The brownies were prepackaged and looked like this: A younger me would have eaten them right away. My longtime readers know several reasons I wouldn’t eat them. First, they[…] Keep reading →

Op-Ed: Does Slate’s Jamelle Bouie realize he’s acting like Donald Trump?

on November 12, 2017 in Stories

Let me start by stating clearly that I don’t like Roy Moore—his politics, his history, his behavior, the people he associates with, or anything I’ve learned about him. I probably want him out as much as anyone. I hope he and his supporters lose, but not through vigilante tactics. 1989: Donald Trump, tough on crime If you haven’t watched the Ken Burns documentary, The Central Park Five, I recommend it.[…] Keep reading →

Still in love

on October 28, 2017 in Relationships, Stories

I first fell in love in high school, 1987 or 1988—more than two-thirds of my life ago. It was on my mind a couple weeks ago, after I attended a panel discussion my friend invited me to. It turned out that I happened to know all the panelists, though not the host. Since I arrived late and sat in the back of the room, they didn’t know I was there,[…] Keep reading →

How Do I Live My Values?

on October 21, 2017 in Audio, Education, Leadership, Stories

Daniel Bauer uncovered what I’m up to next and what led me to it in his second interview of me for his Better Leaders Better Schools podcast. He released it yesterday. All the burpees, vegetables, and so on are leading up to a lot more than just personal habits, as the conversation reveals. The next big step is the podcast launch, featuring some big names—a Pulitzer Prize winner, tens-of-millions-times-viewed TED[…] Keep reading →

Videos and a short history of my invention and Submedia, the company I co-founded in 1999

on October 3, 2017 in Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Stories

Ten or fifteen years ago most people knew me through Submedia, the company I co-founded to market I technology I conceived of in 1996. My invention The technology was a display we’d install on subway tunnel walls that looked to riders between stations like a movie screen outside the subway car windows. From a business perspective, we were a billboard company: we installed the displays at our cost, sold media[…] Keep reading →

Reviews and reflections from guest speaking recently

on September 1, 2017 in Education, Exercises, Leadership, Stories

I recently guest hosted an online seminar for Park Howell‘s course in the Executive Masters of Sustainability Leadership program at ASU. The student reviews and reflections touched and inspired me. I can’t help sharing them. I described and performed one exercise from my Leadership Step by Step book and course. You can imagine that if these results come from one session, how much doing all the exercises in the book[…] Keep reading →

How do I improve my storytelling?

on August 22, 2017 in Art, Creativity, Stories, Tips

My response to the question “How do I improve my storytelling?” on a forum got upvoted a lot: Practice, practice, practice. The best advice in the world only works in the context of practice. Practicing makes advice meaningful. Practice and then practice more. Then practice more. Get feedback. Seek advice. Iterate. But practice. Name anyone who mastered a performance art who didn’t practice more than most. Even if you can,[…] Keep reading →