As I was researching the effect of ongoing conflict in the workplace for my book about long-term patterns, I was struck with how many people will “go to the mat” to argue for their position rather than look at what is really in everyone’s best interests. Anyone own a pair of Puma or Adidas sneakers? The two companies were started by brothers who became such rivals that the town w…Read More

The other day I turned on the television to catch up on the media buzz around the Pennsylvania primary and ended up mesmerized as I watched a group of teenage “cheerleaders” in Lakeland, Florida participate in violently beating a classmate and videotaping the incident.   My mind went from the youngsters’ desire to videotape in order to become instant celebrities on YouTube to “Where were …Read More

Recently I asked one of my colleagues if she had heard Barack Obama’s speech; she paused and then said, “You mean THE speech?” The capital letters in her voice told me she knew she had heard something of uncommon importance. I know I did. For me, it brought back a memory of a particular moment of truth in my life, which I’d like to share. This is not about politics or who t…Read More