Ci·vil·i·ty

səˈvilədē/ noun  formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech. “Just as The Road Less Traveled provided hope and guidance for individuals seeking growth, this major new work by M. Scott Peck, M.D., offers a needed prescription for our deeply ailing society. Our illness is Incivility—morally Read More…

Are You Listening?

A frequent lament among business leaders (and family members alike) is that people don’t listen. It is especially evident when someone is trying to instruct others (a.k.a., tell them what to do). When I hear this complaint from my clients Read More…

How Does Your Company Stack Up?

Whether you’re running a company or busy working for an organization, it’s not always easy to sit back and look objectively about the health of your company’s culture. I’m not talking about performance metrics, but rather, how are we doing Read More…

Genius

Is genius a value? If we define values as those traits, beliefs, and principles that drive our behavior, let’s say it is. Today, let’s focus on the positive side of genius and the attributes of one genius who brings out Read More…

Acceptance

We had dinner the other night with my good friend and colleague, Tom, and his lovely wife, Donna, an accomplished lawyer. Tom is a picture of success. When he was younger and had a substantial mustache, he was often asked Read More…

Values Drive Manhood

Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Estra Soler wrote a thoughtful op ed piece recently in the San Francisco Chronicle. They highlight disturbing facts about our youth, many of whom see professional athletes as heroes with super talent who have dysfunctional behaviors Read More…

Expectations

Recent research suggests that white American males are dying at a younger age than in the past. The theory is that high unemployment results in depression, drinking, and drugs as these men no longer expect that they can achieve the Read More…

Family

I had the extraordinary opportunity to be flown to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier on maneuvers 100 miles off the Mexican coast. The purpose of the Navy’s visitor program is to provide a firsthand experience to civilians about the Read More…

The Blues

San Francisco Fleet Week is an annual public event that honors the contributions of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces while advancing cooperation and knowledge among civilian and military personnel. As the largest and most significant Read More…