Would Jesus or Buddha fly in 2021?

on September 20, 2021 in Blog

I’ve often suggested that if an ancient sage like Jesus, Buddha, Laozi, Confucius, Aristotle, or other renowned enduring figure, lived today, I doubt he or she would say, “I thought I attained happiness/enlightenment/etc, but now I realize I can do better with an iPhone.” I suspect they’d say how what they figured out then worked as well today. They’d look at iPhones, social media, flying, and all that and think,[…] Keep reading →

509: Joe Romm: From science to working with James Cameron, leading through story

on September 19, 2021 in Podcast

Coming from a background in science but realizing that sharing numbers and data didn’t influence, Joe had to unlearn a lifetime of mainstream science education. He recognized that the best known scientists, like Darwin and Einstein, were great writers. He followed in their footsteps to learn what works while maintaining scientific integrity, which he shares in this episode. In a world of storytellers and would-be leaders who don’t know science[…] Keep reading →

How to remember e to 20 decimal places

on September 18, 2021 in Nature

One of my graduate school professors told us the following way to remember the natural logarithm/exponential number e to 20 decimal places, which I’ll share with you what some scientists consider fun. I forget which professor told us, but I think I was at Penn, which means 1993-94. He only told us once. It stuck effortlessly, so I consider it effective. And fun. How to remember e to 20 decimal[…] Keep reading →

The two biggest chips on my shoulder

on September 17, 2021 in Awareness, Nonjudgment

Since sharing my September 11 experience on the podcast, I lost $10 million on September 11, 2001. Here is what I learned from those who sacrificed and served, I’ve shared my story of loss with friends and family. As I have for twenty years, I hedged describing that loss with the context of those who died, those who volunteered to put themselves in harm’s way with the intent to defend[…] Keep reading →

Imagine India without Gandhi, South Africa without Mandela, the U.S. without King. Now imagine Earth today with their equivalent.

on September 16, 2021 in Leadership

Imagine India in the time of Gandhi, but without him. Without nonviolent civil disobedience and all he led the nation with, could the nation have gained independence? Most people at the time questioned or criticized what they saw as not fighting back. But England was stronger, so fighting back was a losing proposition. I think most people scoffed at their prospects. Yet he created a strategy that worked. I don’t[…] Keep reading →

My first open letter to the leadership training community

on September 15, 2021 in Leadership, Nature

Regular readers know I first called my podcast Leadership and the Environment because I saw our response to the environment lacking leadership. As a leadership coach, I’m in touch with many leadership coaches, including some of the most renowned who have been guests on the podcast. Leaders and leadership coaches could play the most important role addressing our environmental problems. Instead, nearly none act. Those who act to so ineffectively,[…] Keep reading →

508: Eric Orts, part 2: To the U.S. Senate by living the values he leads

on September 14, 2021 in Podcast

Since Eric’s last time here, he formally declared he is running for office. Now he’s reporting back months into his campaign. Did Trump not being in office slow him down? Or did our environmental problems motivate him even more? How about his commitment to avoid flying? Surely he gave it up to campaign, right? Or did he? Whichever way he went on that commitment, the decision must have been difficult,[…] Keep reading →

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