New experiences can grow empathy

Consuming an array of experiences helps us with empathy.  It’s so easy to just “do the things that we know we like” but when we push ourselves to try something new, even seemingly stupid little things, we grow empathy and our capacity to see joy in others. Dumb example: I am gym-less. In my search for a new one I sampled a kettle bell club.  Scrappy, low-fi, marginally listenable music (for me) and chalk all over the floor.  But, in hearing how members talk about the sport, with passion and compassion for their own physical limitations, I feel opened up, …

Work with watcha got

Work is never perfect.  Never is the execution flawless from end to end.  I got hit upside the head with this last weekend when we finally, after months and months of preparation, put on a live orientation training for nearly 1500 volunteers who, in January, will staff events on behalf of the Superbowl 50 Host Committee for the entire Superbowl game week (I know, you’re not a sports fan, nor am I, but the Host Committee has some bad ass initiatives that got me hooked- things like this, and this, and this). Back to the show. At the top of rehearsals, …

Become

“I learned from my teachers, but became through my music” says Macklemore in his song The Town.  On my morning run, that lyric got me thinking. When are we learning?  From mentors, new situations and challenges.  New tasks, new ways of being.  Pretty much we’re learning all the time. But, what are the things that help us become.  Where we find who we are in all the learning.  We secure our point of view and engage in something in a way that both contains effort and ease.  These are the things and moments I LOVE about work. Recognizing the work that …

Resist talking about the work…

Here’s some awesome advice from a colleague.  It goes something like “Resist talking about the work.  Do the work and clarity will come.” It’s too easy to sit around a table spinning and debating, refiing and tweaking an idea or an approach before we’re ready to write it down.  To let it live.  And in those minutes (and sometimes hours) we’ve taken seeds of ideas, just tiny inkling of what could be, and rounded their corners effectively sucking the possibiity right out of what they could become.  We kill things before they live because we demand of ourselves perfect ideas …

On Feedback

Feedback.  There’s too much to say abou it, for now I’ll  just say: know why you’re asking for it. It’s easy to slip into a maniacal focus on feedback for the work and only for the work.  When in fact, feedback can be a powerful tool to do more than just improve the work itself. It’s an opporunity to reveal what worries people, what’s most important to them, where their attention lies and what gets them riled up.  It’s a window into somebody’s brain and heart.  It’s an amazing tool for engagement. You know that Stephen Covey saying (wow, I’m …