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I speak, podcast, write, blog daily, teach, and coach. The picture above shows me swimming across the Hudson River, among many personal accomplishments. I live a life of joy, integrity, discipline, and community and empower others to do the same.

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LATEST BLOG POSTS

The Ethicist: Should I Tell My Siblings About Mom’s Affair?

on July 15, 2018 in Ethicist

My series answering the New York Times’ Ethicist column with an active, leadership approach instead of an analytical, philosophical perspective continues with “Should I Tell My Siblings About Mom’s Affair?”. My mother died 18 years ago. Before she died, she told me about an affair of many years’ duration with a family friend. Learning about this made me re-evaluate my parents’ relationship and the decisions they made. My father is[…] Keep reading →

Marriage and the environment

on July 14, 2018 in Models, Nature, Relationships

You don’t get married and it’s done. You adopt a new mindset that it’s not just you and you live that way for the rest of your life. It’s always a part of your life, and you love the change. Having a child takes it to the next level. You take on more responsibility, and you love the change. The challenges never stop coming, never get easier, and never repeat,[…] Keep reading →

Technology won’t solve environmental issues and you know it

on July 13, 2018 in Leadership, Models, Nature, Podcast

EDIT: I recorded a podcast version of this post (episode 63) that covered same views beyond this post: If anything marked the beginning of the industrial revolution, it was James Watt’s steam engine. It wasn’t the first steam engine, but was more efficient than any before. More efficient means using less energy and less pollution, right? Wrong. Each engine, yes, but more people used engines, so Watt engines used more[…] Keep reading →

062: Business and systemic change: Michael Lenox, part 2

on July 12, 2018 in Podcast

Michael’s book tour was taking him to China, up and down the U.S. east coast, and across the country, but he kept at his commitment. Tell me if you don’t hear him smiling in talking about it. He said it was easy, but many people considering the same action put it off. His book covers systemic change, focusing on the role of business. I find that his personal action brings[…] Keep reading →

061: The Rainforest Alliance, United Nations, and NYU-Stern: Tensie Whelan

on July 11, 2018 in Podcast

Tensie is helping unravel my preconceived notions of academics focusing more on facts than action. Maybe because she was President of the Rainforest Alliance. Maybe because I met her when she brought the U.N. Secretary General to NYU. You’ll hear other global organizations and people she’s influenced, led, and collaborated with in a remarkable and effective career so far. She brings a new perspective on leading organizations to this podcast,[…] Keep reading →

060: Consistent change creates big improvements; Robbie Samuels, Part 2

on July 10, 2018 in Podcast

Right off the bat you can hear my joy to hear how composting has changed Robbie’s life. I used to see composting as an odd thing that I probably should do but didn’t know how so didn’t. I think most people see it that way, especially if they don’t have gardens. In this episode Robbie shares about composting and giving slop for pig feed. He talks about how he loves[…] Keep reading →

Open-mic stand-up performance #4

on July 9, 2018 in Art

I’m happy with my latest performance despite the flub in the last seconds. My stage delivery didn’t get as many laughs as the times I practiced the routine with friends, which I attribute to inexperience and needing to practice more, but I’m forgiving about the result. Of the million things to learn to master it I can only learn a few at a time. I’m discovering value from developing the[…] Keep reading →

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