The Challenges of Making Time for the Important Things

Human Centered Design

It’s getting to that time of year when students, schools, organizations, and companies are making plans for what’s next. What is the plan for the next quarter, the next year, the next direction, the next horizon? Really, the planning is the process of making time now to decide how you will spend your time in […]

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“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts,…” Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII Have you ever seen a theatre production that went sideways as a plot point in a movie […]

Scene Stealers: Passive-Aggressiveness and Defensiveness

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Running Lines and Giving Notes: Rehearsing Feedback

Leadership Tips

Imagine that you’re watching a play in the theatre. The lights, the costumes, and the actors draw you into the intrigue of the story. You are watching a rehearsed and polished production on the stage. But what do you see when you pull back the curtains and peek behind the scenes? Or look back in […]

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Think back to your last experience receiving candid and constructive feedback. What happened? How did it feel? Would you volunteer to do it again? Receiving feedback is hard and uncomfortable. We wrap it up in feedback sandwiches, translate it into ratings, avoid it altogether, and dump it all at once in a year-end performance review. […]

Modeling How to Receive Feedback as a Leader

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How Do You Solve the Blank Page Problem?

Leadership Tips

Have you ever experienced what I call the blank page problem? When you start working on a project by opening a new document, then stare it without taking action. Yes? Me too! For example, a dozen pristine canvases are in my apartment waiting for my creativity to magically appear on them. I want to start […]

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One of the ways I spend my time is as a Design Thinking Facilitator at the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland. Last week I was prepping for a workshop I facilitated this week about How to Talk to Strangers. The class I’m prepping for is longer than normal so I […]

Why is it Important to Talk to Strangers?

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