Turning Pain into Purpose: Leon Ford’s Leadership Lessons

Credit: @LeonFordSpeaks Twitter

“I’m turning pain into purpose”—those are the words that Leon Ford shared earlier this week in a session with Dina Kaplan, founder of The Path.  There were about 100 people on the virtual zoom gathering. Each of us was processing our own pain as we listened intently to Leon’s. We were all visibly inspired by…

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First, Let’s Listen

Art by Lo Harris

I am still processing what has been happening this past week. The protests, the rage, the sadness, the loss. What can I — a White woman — possibly say that is helpful? What can I say that would ever be enough? And, what if I say something that inadvertently offends, even as I try to…

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This is a Culture-Defining Moment: Leading & Connecting Through a Crisis

A few years ago, I was stuck in New York at JFK airport trying to get back to San Francisco. My fellow passengers and I were standing in our designated lines at our departure gate, ready to board. The boarding time had come and gone. After twenty minutes with no updates, people lined up to…

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My Break Up with Social Media: How to Disconnect to Connect More at Work and in the World

I feel less anxious. I press more lightly on my Sharpie.  I meditate more—sometimes even for twenty minutes instead of the usual ten. I laugh more at the little things.  I have started daydreaming about the big things.  I read more. (I highly recommend Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid) I write more.  I…

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Snowshoeing into 2020 Like…

Park City, Utah

We had skied for three days in some very cold weather (10 degrees Fahrenheit), on some very steep terrain (the best day was 20,000 vertical feet), at Park City Mountain. So, a few of us, in our holiday family pack of seven this year, looked forward to a different, more relaxed outdoor experience.  Our snowshoeing…

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How to Deliver an Authentic and Meaningful Presentation

#ExLearn2019

We all have to deliver presentations throughout our careers. Whether it’s an All Company meeting, a presentation to our team, a strategy overview to the board, or an external keynote presentation at a conference, we have to face our fears, put in the work, and deliver something that is authentic to us and meaningful to…

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A Learning Session About Culture, Development and Scaling at Polarr

How do we keep building the culture while also keeping the essence of who we are?  What are some of the things we should be thinking about as we move into our next phase of growth?  How do we think about diversity?  How do we take care of ourselves while the company grows?  These were…

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August Already? Change Just One Thing & Achieve Your 2019 Goals

A bookstore in the West Village of NYC that always inspires me to write.

It’s August. More than half the year is over. Fall clothes are already on the mannequins in the store windows, and a friend of mine is even starting to think about her holiday photo. Um, what? It seems like every year goes by faster than the last. We start strong with big goals in January….

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Building a Strong Culture and Brand: Why Employees Love Where They Work & Where They Worked

Artwork at Twitter HQ

I noticed something in the security line at the airport. As I threw my bags on the conveyor belt, all three people ahead of me had backpacks with a company logo. One guy even had the matching logo baseball hat, which he had carefully placed in between his bags so it wouldn’t get crushed. Of…

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Mindful Learning On Your Summer Vacation

Learning to learn is a skill. To master any skill, we have to intentionally find ways to practice that skill. I have always believed that work is one of the best places to learn. Work is our learning lab, and our daily lessons are the curriculum. Yet, while work is rich with opportunities to learn,…

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