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Over the weekend, I learned that there is a new movie out about Pele

It is such an inspiring story.

As I launch a new year - I think how often I have quoted Pele and two messages have been touch stones:

Life of a frontrunner is a hard one; he/she will suffer and many of these injuries will not be accidental.

Everything is practice.

He is a great teacher of discipline and humility.

For my friends on the edge and outliers everywhere - may those injuries you are choosing be worth it.

Onward. . . .

I am listening to Suzanne Vega -Small Blue Thing
Directed by Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist. With Vincent D'Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta, Seu Jorge. Pele's meteoric rise from the slums of Sao Paulo to leading B...
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A year ago we were getting ready for Sienna to graduate from high school. So gald to have her home from MSU for the summer.

Adults need just as much inspiration as young adults so I compiled my favorite commencment speeches here.
Please see these with your kids. There is contextual intelligence in hearing these words from the sources of those who have scars, failures, successes, fame, and wisdom.

May we all be inspired so that we can lead inspired lives.


And special congratuations to University of Colorado Boulder graduates!


1) #commencementaddress Alan Alda to grads ~ everything in life takes time at @CarnegieMellon via TIME IDEAS

2) #commencmentaddress : wisom + laugher Stephen Colbert "first brunch then yawning uncertainty" at @WakeForest#a3r

3) #commencementaddress : J.K. Rowling "It is our choices that show what we truly are" at @Harvard#a3r #discernment

4) #CommencementAddress Most Stirring Speech Ever By An MBA @MBAxAmerica via @PoetsAndQuants h/t @HarvardHBS#a3r

5) #CommencementAddress Arianna Huffington's 'Redefining Success: The Third Metric' … v @smithcollege#a3r

6) #CommencementAddress all need inspiration to thrive: Robert Redford on social responsibility via @WestminsterSLC

7) #CommencementAddress . David Foster Wallace briliant This Is Water for @KenyonCollege#a3r

8) #CommencementAddress here is a treasure trove of this year's speakers & colleges

9) #CommencementAddress all thrive with inspiration - here is Steve Jobs … text via @Stanford

10) #CommencementAddress for all ages Merly Streep … at @BarnardCollege#a3r #3rdBillion
Alan Alda gave this commencement speech at Carnegie Mellon University
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One of the most inspiring articles I have read in a long, long time.
And guess who drew my attention to it?
Ever #Grateful , Sou Sis! Have a fab day with family :) 
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Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom ~Viktor E. Frankl…/de…/files/Search%20For%20Meaning.pdf
((( rememberance )))
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I want every business owner & leaders I work with to get real with these skills - they need to be integrated, modeled and developed enterprise wide.

I see no difference between education & work skills as every organization is a living system; therefore a learning system . . .

Onward #a3r!
A panel at Wharton's Reimagine Education conference discusses whether higher education institutions are teaching graduates the skills employers need.
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Changing the conversation from mental illness towards #vitality.

Embedded are some of the ways I enhance and fortify my own vitality.

I hope that you will take time out to take better care of yourself
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I understand that :-)  and read / enjoyed the idealistic world of Fountainhead & Atlas Shrugged -- because my mother read them as well. 
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An intergral view of money, love & virtue -a deeper dive

and my interview with Maria Jose Pereira
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Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider ~ Saint Augustine ♫ #reflection
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Oh, it is the eve of May my birthday month and I am on the verge of a new threshold - so expect a bit more #nostalgia than usual as I close an era and open anew ...

As many I had a lot of complexity in my teen years and music was my primary companion. MTV was brand new and I had all the latest albums. I was living in Sun River, MT (very small) yet had family back in Denver, CO as as I traveled back and forth I was the "radical futuristic freak" I have always been (although I am much more comfortable with the title)!

I am having a dinner party at my home tonight with a few friends and I pulled out the turn table. 

Loud (hopeful not to blow the speakers as this is an old record player) I am playing the following over and over again:

Blondie my childhood idol!!! ~ Shayla

Scritti Politti ~ Perfect Way

Dream Academy ~ Life in A Northern Time

Bananarama & Fun Boy Three ~ Its Not What You Do..

Missing Persons ~ Mental Hopscotch

Duran Duran ~ The Chauffeur (had/have) the biggest crush on Simon Lebon

Oh no . . . something is burning in the kitchen!!!!!

How do you navigate complexity ~ stand on the music.

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Having two teenage daughters - I am always concerned about the pressure of on-line and how it is shaping their self perception.

Recently read - the future and dilemmas of on-line reputation

In this context is is a good time to also weave in 
Mad Men and an Existential View of Branding - remember "noticable one's" from the 80's?  #a3r 

Hold onto you core,
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Thank you for being a part of my community.

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” 
― Albert Einstein
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True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Can't help it -> this music makes me feel good and it is turned up loud

Today is world happiness day & here is the 2016 World Happiness Report

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Business strategist combining neuroscience + existential philosophy to foster better decisions, systems thinking & scenario planning. This is not the age of information; this is the age of resonance. Inviting depth . . .
Business Strategist.
Beacon of hope. Purveyor of discipline.
Global Citizen. Transleader.
Coach. Facilitator. 
Author- Strategy, Leadership & the Soul fostering corporate consciousness and the evolution of the human spirit . . . 
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Here are some themes that define my coaching/consulting practice:

The most competitive skill for the 21st century is agility which we define as resilience, responsiveness & reflection.

Too many people are associating innovation with clever or intelligent; innovation also comes from authentic curiosity and deep pain. 

We have to get better at suspending our need for immediate gratification so we can critically think things through for longer time horizon.

It is not about competition, it is about being in great condition.

This is not the age of information. 
This is not the age of information. 
This is the age of resonance.

Heroism masks design.

The most important app is your awareness as that informs the utilization of every other app.

Your competitive advantage is not where you work or what you do. Your competitive advantage comes from the accuracy of your interpretation of reality and the way you articulate your life experience.

You are not a node; you are a frequency. 

The soul of your business is the collective awareness & articulation of the individuals that make up the entire enterprise ecosystem.

If you want to change the world, change your life. 
Micro-shifts create macro-impact.

In all things circulation is much more vital than possession. Seek to be a conduit.

Knowledge has emerged from a solid > to liquid > to a gas. Our role as curators has merged from containing content to actually becoming the container.

We have come from a time of "think = learn" to a time where "feel = learn."

It is no longer country v. country or city v. city; today ideas are countries. 

My true north:
We have an imperfect but positive duty to seek our own perfection and the happiness of others.
Immanuel Kant

Favorite quotes:
We have an imperfect, positive duty to seek our own perfection and the happiness of others ~ Immanuel Kant

Life of a frontrunner is hard one; he/she will suffer & many of these injuries will not be accidental ~ Pele

People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; what they don't know is what what they do does ~ Michel Foucault

"The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.” 
― T.H. White, The Once and Future King

Don't get involved in partial problems, take flight to view over whole problem, even if view is still not a clear one ~ Wittgenstein 

The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
Charles Dubois

It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence. 
Eric Hoffer

Wind extinguishes a candle and energizes fire; be the fire and wish for the wind.
Nicholas Nassim Taleb

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. 

Society needs visionaries of means not dreamers of ends. Once we have the means the ends will reveal themselves. 
David R. Hawkins

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. 
John Steinbeck

A culture is made -- or destroyed -- by its articulate voices. 
Ayn Rand

Favorite quotes from my friends:

Your ability to release the potential brilliance of the community depends to a large extend on the quality of interaction between individuals.

Mickey Connolly

Some people think you have to have a conversation to get work done; however, the conversation is the work. 
David Whyte

Now is the time to move from focusing on the dots to actually connecting the dots. 
Ned Kumar

Because learning is such a vital part of organizational survival, the CEO of the company needs to become the Chief Learning Officer. 
David Hodgson

Because resonance causes reverberation, alignment is occurring. 
Sandy Maxey

The faster change is taking place the more important it is we scope out the future.  
Nigel Cameron

"Mommy, does your heart remote control people?" Griffin Sertl (4)

(While I was putting on make-up) "Don't worry, Mom,   beauty will find you." 
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We can never know everything in ourselves or others.
Eric Best
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