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Let Your Empathy Be Contagious

I spend my days keeping people and deals from falling apart. Right now, as I watch the coronavirus pandemic march across communities with all of its uncertainty, I’m struck by how similar this dynamic is to what I see playing out in deals every day.  It reminds me that one of the best tools to ease that panic is...

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The Thread & The Throughline

There’s a thread you follow.  It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die;  and you suffer and get...

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Will You Know When It’s Time?

“Now just feels like the right time,” said Steve Croft (age 73) on Sunday as he announced his retirement after 30 years at the CBS News show 60 Minutes.  He said he’d been considering when to retire at the end of each of the past four seasons and knew it was finally time. Hearing him say that he wanted to leave while...

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Permission To Care

He told me, “Sometimes I just feel so lonely. Lost, in fact. Where did my friends go? I guess I just let work and family take up so much space that I’ve ended up feeling like a stranger in a strange land. I miss that I don’t have a universe of close men in my life. The worst part is feeling myself stuck in solitude...

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Building Your Courage Muscles

I was talking to my massage therapist the other night about a workshop called Courageous Choices that I led recently for a group of senior executives. I was preparing them to exit their companies and discover a legacy beyond just money.  Helping people make courageous choices is at the heart of what I do as a...

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The Legacy Dinner

The Legacy Dinner is a small curated dinner & discussion experience exploring the topic of What Constitutes a Lasting Legacy? It is an informal gathering, along the lines of a Jeffersonian-style dinner.  For each event, I’ve chosen a variety of people I know who I think are open to discussion and would each bring...

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Is Money Your Security Blanket?

In many of Charles M. Schulz' Peanuts  comic strips, Linus' security blanket is prominently featured.  Linus loves his blanket, carries it everywhere, often while sucking his thumb, and is not embarrassed by it.  He cannot survive without it and really suffers when it is being washed.  However, in strips from the...

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A Life in Focus

"To be honest, it's a blur," Jeff told me. We were trying to discern the vision he might have had for his life before it ran amok. I had asked him to tell me what he could remember as the highlights of his life from the past year off the top of his head (without looking at his calendar). It took the better part of an...

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