On People, Process, and Passion and Persistence

My boss back at Bell Atlantic, who became my friend and mentor, Pat Trongo, had the following quote from Peter Senge’s “The Fifth Discipline” on his cube wall in big bold letters. I found it inspirational back then. But now I am blessed to see evidence of this pattern in life daily – Great teams […]

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A Mathematician’s Lament: on education

Paul Lockhart wrote an accessible read on what is wrong with math education and the popular perception of math that is reinforced in culture that has been shared on the Web in quite a few corners. It deserves a wider read: “A Mathematician’s Lament”: The art of proof has been replaced by a rigid step-by […]

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Remembering 9/11

Steve Jobs said, in his well linked commencement speech, “you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards”. Learning from experience, gaining perspective, carrying it forward, is the roots of wisdom. So when we say, ‘Never Forget’, about 9/11, what is it we want our children to know? I don’t […]

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“Right Now”: On the present, being present, and practice (TEDXPhilly related)

1. Breathe. 2. Remind yourself: Whatever you are doing – right now – you are practicing. 3. Remind yourself: Whatever you practice – you are improving, you are building, you are growing. 4. Ask yourself: Is this what you want to improve, build or grow? Do this a few times a day and I’m betting […]

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“What was the point in trying? Who wants to be laughed at?”

Erika Meyer shares what it was like learning to play guitar, fighting to make it happen, being a woman, and being told a few times along the way she had ‘no talent': “How I Learned To Play Guitar”: In 2000 I was a 32-year-old single mother with a four-year-old daughter. Looking for work as a […]

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Joy bigger than the universe, and sorrow for a lifetime

Absolute must read – Jennifer Lawler: “For Jessica”. The latest: “A vigil for Jessica”: Now, between the crisis and the catastrophe, you know you should lift a glass of champagne, but you have failed to lay in supplies yet again. Maybe next time you will remember. Tonight there is just a long time till morning, […]

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What is “Fast Fashion”, how it relates to big data, Facebook and us

Speed. Data. Lack of security. Encouraged anxiety. What makes a self-identity? And… fashion, clothing retailers and social media. n+1 has an interesting read in: The Accidental Bricoleurs: …As the fast in fast fashion implies, the companies’ comparative advantage lies in speed, not brand recognition, garment durability, or reputable design. They have changed fashion from a […]

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Be a Builder, not a Leader

Read Umair Haque’s Builders’ Manifesto and get inspired. Screw that actually. Put it into action. Be it. Because the organizations we are part of need it to navigate the fast pace of change. Because our communities need us to act and make a difference. Because the world needs more than words to move the needle […]

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