Old Wine in New Bottles

Old Wine in New Bottles

As I scan the New York Times list of non-fiction bestsellers, I lament that I cannot find anything new, nothing that has not already been written or said before, nothing that causes me to throw open the window and shout, “Aha!” to the world. There are some exceptions...
Hyperbole and the Language of War

Hyperbole and the Language of War

“My back is killing me!” Why do we use the language of war to make a point? I have been studying this for years and I think I have discovered a (possibly Freudian) explanation. There is a word for a statement like this. It is called hyperbole, which the dictionary...
Are we Preparing our Youth for Life?

Are we Preparing our Youth for Life?

The Program for International Student Assessment tests 15-year-old students around the world and is administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In 2018, when the test was last administered, the U.S. placed 11th out of seventy-nine...
Show the Love for Ukraine

Show the Love for Ukraine

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, has removed all guest and host fees for bookings in Ukraine. The idea behind his move is to open a channel for direct support to Ukrainians. If you book an Airbnb reservation, (of course you won’t need to actually go!) all of the money will go...
A Clinic on Inspiration and Leadership

A Clinic on Inspiration and Leadership

This is not a blog about politics.  It is a blog about leadership and inspiration (which, of course, is the same thing). Like you, I have been watching the daily unfolding of the horrors of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. I have not been shocked by Vladimir Putin—I...
Creating a More Inspired World

Creating a More Inspired World

As many of you know, we launched a new movement, “To Create a More Inspired World”, last year. The reason for this initiative is well captured in this essay by David Brooks in the New York Times. Our aim is to reverse the dystopian perspective that is...
Zoom Fatigue

Zoom Fatigue

A recent study from the University of Arizona suggests that “Zoom fatigue” is not caused by spending endless hours on zoom calls, but from the stress caused by having the camera always turned on, which forces us to stare endlessly at ourselves. In this study, half the...
The Most Important Question to Ask Ourselves

The Most Important Question to Ask Ourselves

As we learn to navigate a hybrid world of work (for many, but not all), we have become preoccupied with issues such as technology, burnout, engagement, collaboration, recruitment, the pandemic, mental health, stress, how to motivate employees and many other...
How Will You Handle Covid Vaccination Mandates?

How Will You Handle Covid Vaccination Mandates?

Science tells us that any of us can be carriers and spreaders of Covid, regardless of whether we are vaccinated or not. Vaccination is immensely successful in preventing people from dying or being hospitalized – but vaccinated and unvaccinated people are equally...
The Great Reset

The Great Reset

Every day we are hearing about: A desperate shortage of qualified employees Employees’ reluctance to return to physical premises More than 40% of employees thinking of quitting A general disillusionment with, and distrust of, big government and Corporations. In...
Announcing A New On-line Course on Higher Ground Leadership®

Announcing A New On-line Course on Higher Ground Leadership®

For the past year, HR.com and The Secretan Center Inc. have been collaborating to create the first coach-led, online learning experience for Higher Ground Leadership®. The beta version is launching on June 29, 2021. It will be led by two of our most...
Can Love Ever be as Entertaining as Violence?

Can Love Ever be as Entertaining as Violence?

40 years ago, I made two decisions that have shaped my life: I refused to go to any movies where gratuitous violence (or violence of any form) was part of the script, and, I gave up my TV and have not owned one since. The second choice was made to support the first...