Learning the Deeper Whys Through the How

Flipping through my notebooks this week, I came across a quote I wrote down last year that resonated with me as a leader and team member: “You must know “why” before you can know “how,” but as you are learning the “whys”, you must constantly practice the “hows.” – Steven Stipelman This quote is from […]

Simplifying to Scale: 5 Attributes of Scalable Systems

One definition of a system is… A set of components organized and connected in an intentional way to achieve an objective. Using this definition, systems can be products, services, or methods we use in our lives to serve a purpose. When you think about systems that have scaled to serve millions of people, what products or […]

Turn Your Chair to Create Opportunity and Experiences

I don’t watch a lot of TV but The Voice is a show I follow closely. It’s the heat of the season right now, so it’s on my mind and my screen. To some, The Voice might seem like another competitive performance show (and it is) but there is a powerful metaphor that applies to […]

The Art of Creating Original Work and Ideas

This past weekend I went to see the Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit at MOMA with friends. The exhibit follows Diebenkorn’s progression from his early career through his latest work. Throughout the exhibit, Matisse’s paintings are placed next to Diebenkorn’s, showing how Matisse influenced Diebenkorn’s work. I love art but the relationship between Matisse and Diebenkorn was most […]

Iterative Cycles: The Spiral Staircase of Awake Leadership

  Leaders have ongoing responsibilities, periodic responsibilities, and short-term projects. There’s constantly a need to manage the ongoing tasks as well as integrate and filter tasks and projects from the workflow of the team. Because of the dynamic (and exciting!) nature of work in a company or organization, the volume of work fluctuates and content changes […]

Power of Slow, Power of Soft Skills

  I recently read an interview between Malcolm Gladwell and Adam Grant on why we shouldn’t value speed over power. I loved reading through this interview and I agree with much of Gladwell’s reasoning. Because of my work experience and writing about the importance of balancing hard and soft skill sets, the final question of […]