Good words are like water

When I got my first CEO job, Steve bought me a little watering can. This was because I love having plants in my workspace. Yet, it was also a visual reminder to water with words of encouragement. Water refreshes and invigorates. We need it to flourish. And similarly, the words that surround us are like …

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Alan Moore, in his brilliant new book, Do Build: How to make and lead a business the world needs, asks: How will the language we use define us? Pause and sit with his musings: All culture starts with language. Language is meaning-making; it frames and holds worldviews. Look at our current world and see how …

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Wanted: a new language

Words lay the foundation for our perspective and our culture because they are the means we use to describe how we see the world. Our language, and within it our words, shape our reality. I guess this is why I increasingly turn to poetry and the poetic because somehow our current language is not big …

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Reducing friction

When we want something to go faster or smoother, we have two options: Increase the energy Reduce the friction So why do we spend so much on the former? Perhaps because it fits in our culture and is an easier solution. It doesn’t require as much of us. Just effort. That’s all. But it’s not …

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Fallen seeds

Out in the valley this morning I still see evidence of the recent storms. The debris of autumn is starting to pile up in clumps, matted on the ground. The water-gate has harvested sticks, stones and leaves and is holding back the brook like a weir. And in the midst of all of this decay …

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