Friendship, as you may or may not be aware, is on the hotlist for extinction. I first encountered the idea in the New York Times where the unthinkable question was posed: Do your friends actually like you? Research has confirmed that someone who you name as your friend is, likely as not, going to fail to […]Read More Friends and Other Traveling Companions
If you follow DisrupTV, the brainchild of Ray Wang and Vala Afshar, you know they depend on me to provide not only diversity in technology innovation, but my science-based views on relationships, motivation, and rock & roll. Here’s the latest, in which we focus on love – with a brief touch on its effects on […]Read More Love – and Business – in the Time of COVID
When I don’t have the right words to express how I feel about events in our world, I turn to the soundtrack of my youth for inspiration. That soundtrack may have played a long time ago, but it still has a lot to offer: Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On. John Lennon & Plastic Ono Band’s […]Read More Peace, Love, and Rock ‘n’ Roll
My mother wasn’t a politician or public health expert, but she had strong opinions based on her experience surviving the depression as a child. She knew, on a gut level – literally and figuratively – what hunger did to people. She must be horrified now, looking down from Heaven, to see long lines of people […]Read More What I Learned from Mom About Pandemics
In just the past two weeks, your world has changed. And that’s true no matter where in the world you are. If you don’t know someone who’s been exposed or laid low by coronavirus, the experts say you likely will soon. So, what to do in such touch times? I harken back to the last […]Read More When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Bake Cookies
Good will, I’ve learned from colleagues who practice the mysterious art of business valuation, is not an easy thing to quantify. There are standard guidelines, but each seems to have a unique recipe or method for assigning a number to intangible assets, and sometimes they even agree. But not often. Especially when they are on […]Read More A Good Time for Good Will
I’m not a hospital administrator or the owner of a clinic, yet over my lifetime I’ve had to hire at least three dozen doctors. They’ve been medical advisors, surgical ‘fixers’, and those who have risen to the job of ushering my family through life’s transitions: beginning, middle, and end. For most of my life, I’ve […]Read More How to Hire a Doctor
Once upon a time, I had to learn how to make a video. It was important, so I spent a few minutes with a very helpful guy at the Apple store, learning the ins and outs of iMovie. (If you know me, you know I never RTFM. I’m that kind of techie…) So technically speaking, […]Read More Leading Into the Light
Election Day will be here soon. Wherever you live, you’ll probably be asked a few ballot questions along with your selection of candidates for whatever job openings there are. Yours might be about your willingness to fund some project or change some tradition or underwrite some new bureaucracy. Did you ever notice that these Election […]Read More What if We Gave an Election and No One Came?
I love getting a question that my immediate reaction to is probably not what the asker is expecting. This one is my favorite Quora questions to date… First, an explanation for those who don’t know where the term ‘ghosting’ comes from. (Don’t feel bad, I didn’t know what it was till way after I was […]Read More Do bad bosses and employers deserve to be ghosted by employees?