In the 1960s, philosopher Marshall McLuhan wrote a bestselling book, The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects. In it, he presented the case that a technological medium, in influencing how a message is perceived, becomes part of the content of that message; it is impossible to separate the two. Building on McLuhan’s theory, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Remember the imaginary play of your childhood? Whether we were racing cars through the city or treating a patient as a doctor, we enjoyed bringing toys to a world of make-believe where we channeled our creativity. Over time, our parents, peer pressure, and formal education may conspire to stifle our imaginations. We learned to be […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
No, I don’t mean shirt or jacket buttons. You know what I mean—our default reactions in tough moments. We all have them. Some of our friends, family, and colleagues—and especially our children—know exactly how to push our buttons. When they do, our reactive responses often lead to unproductive behaviors and outcomes. After years of conditioning, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The people from the Northeast have a reputation for being fast-paced and preoccupied with getting from here to there. They often walk with their minds multiprocessing and seldom pause to offer a “good morning.” I used to be one of those people. I’ll never forget an experience I had 16 years ago. I had recently […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
When was the last time you looked in the mirror and asked yourself some revealing questions? When we were children, our parents and teachers gave us a great deal of feedback on our behavior and performance. Sometimes we liked it, other times it was hard to hear, but we could be assured they would offer […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” ―Oscar Wilde What is authenticity? The simple answer is that we know it when we see it—and we don’t see it often. Authentic people are often described as being genuine, sincere, and self-aware. We recognize them as having integrity and consistently adhering to their values. Authenticity isn’t something […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Recently, I taught a module on trust in my graduate leadership course. I asked my adult students the following question: Do you tend to extend trust to others from the start of a relationship, or do they have to earn your trust? The class was split about 50–50, yet this simple question has profound implications […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Do you remember learning cursive handwriting as a child? Somewhere around the second grade, most of us learned how to link our letters with curves. The highlight of these lessons was always learning to write our names in cursive. We were told this was our unique identifier, our signature. I can still remember handing mine […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Consider this fictional encounter between a mother and her teenage son. Mom: “Hey Billy. I just received a call from your English teacher. She says you have not been doing your homework in preparation for class.” Billy: “Don’t listen to her. That’s ‘fake news’. Who are you going to believe that loser teacher or your […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Eduardo (not his real name) is a “Dreamer“– the son of an undocumented immigrant who was brought to the United States as child. Eduardo’s Story Eduardo’s mother came to the United States from Central America in 1995 with two-year-old Eduardo and his six-year-old sister. His mother had been a journalist in her country, but out […]Continue Reading... No Comments.