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355: I balance values the same as anyone

on July 3, 2020 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Leadership, Nonjudgment

People constantly suggest they have to balance different values as if I didn’t. It came up in a recent conversation so I shared about it today. An element I factor in is how my pollution affects others—not just what I know about or wish I contributed, but what I actually contribute. Yet people think I factor in nothing else. It’s weird to learn people see you as one-dimensional. If they[…] Keep reading →

354: Harvard Global Health Institute Director Ashish Jha, part 1: Front Line Pandemic Leadership

on July 2, 2020 in Podcast

If you’ve followed sensible, expert advice on the pandemic, you’ve probably read or seen Ashish Jha in the New York Times, The Atlantic, CNN, Washington Post, and everywhere. On Tuesday he testified to the US Senate. He’s Harvard’s Global Health Institute’s Director. Over 200,000 people have taken his online Harvard courses, which you can for free. Over 80,000 took Ebola, Preventing the Next Pandemic and over 120,000 took Improving Global[…] Keep reading →

353: I don’t want to act on the environment

on July 1, 2020 in Leadership, Nature

I think I’ve accidentally led people astray, sharing how much I enjoy acting in stewardship. I would prefer doing anything I wanted whenever and wherever, on my terms—that is, if I didn’t have to consider how my behavior affected others, especially those powerless to stop my effects from hurting them. Today’s episode shares how I’m doing on the personal level what science suggests—no magic, nothing personal, just following the advice[…] Keep reading →

352: The War of Art and Nature

on June 30, 2020 in Podcast

I loved Steven Pressfield’s book The War of Art. I found it inspiring. It had a property that qualifies for me that something qualifies as a work of art: it said something I always knew was true but that I’d never seen expressed that way.” I mention it for two reasons. One, I recorded a podcast episode with Steven the other day, which led me to reread the book. Two,[…] Keep reading →

Frances Hesselbein quoted me for today’s Tip of the Day

on June 30, 2020 in Leadership

Frances Hesselbein’s Leadership Forum at the University of Pittsburgh quoted me for today’s Tip of the Day. Yes, I’m shamelessly showing off ;), but I can’t put into words how honored I feel to contribute to Frances’s community. To serve is to live. The source The quote comes from my Kosmos Quarterly article, Our Finest Hour, If We Choose: The unedited quote Frances’s Leadership Forum edited the quote from the[…] Keep reading →

Any Given Runway features me (who avoids runways)

on June 29, 2020 in Audio

Randell Carlton Green, author of Smart & Solo: The blueprint for efficient and enjoyable solo travel, hosted me on his podcast, Any Given Runway. Given what looks like a focus on flying, I appreciate his open-mindedness in inviting me. As it happens, the podcast’s focus evolved from travel to great people—athletes, authors, adventurers, artists, and more. We spoke on habits, sustainability, personal challenges, and what makes great people great. Listen[…] Keep reading →

351: A Rough Day in New York City

on June 28, 2020 in Podcast

Today was a rough day for me in New York. Most of my solo episodes I start with a point. Today brought me down enough that I decided to share more openly some thoughts I get when seeing situations that look hopeless and are deteriorating. I wouldn’t listen to it if you feel down. Normally I try to support others. It occurred to me, I hear almost nothing back from[…] Keep reading →

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