Organizations. Schools. Leaves. They all change.

    I was reminded of this concept when I sat in the church in Arlington, Virginia last month at my nephew’s wedding. While many people in the pews saw Nick only as the upstanding 28-year old young man that he is now, I also saw the sweet toddler with tousled auburn curls and ready smile. And I wondered, “How did it happen? How did this change occur, seemingly when nobody was looking?”

    There’s an interesting push and pull when it comes to change. On the one hand, the majority of people do not like change. It makes them feel insecure, unsettled and even a bit anxious. On the other hand, change has held fascination for us through the ages. For many centuries, people have been thinking about, talking about and experiencing change. Back in the Italian Renaissance (16th century), Michelangelo, a Master at changing a piece of marble into a pulsing, nearly human figure, greatly admired this musing of the great philosopher from ancient Greece, Heraclitus, “One cannot step twice in the same river.” One cannot step twice in the same river because (Read more…)


    Is there anything sweeter than the softness of a newborn’s precious little feet? When my sons, Gavin and Collin, were born we went from planting tiny kisses on that soft new skin to playing a game called “Pee Yew!!” We’d take a giant whiff of their pint-sized feet, scrunch up our faces and shout “Pee Yewwwww” in the most exaggerated manner. The result? Peels of laughter from the boys with squeals to “Do it again, do it again.” Well, this was all fine and dandy until one day when Gavin, getting a little older, suddenly screamed, “Mommy, NO, NO . . . S-T-O-P!” I asked, “Why?” With great alarm, he replied, “’Cause you smelled all the Pee Yew out!” I chuckled and assured him not to worry: there was plenty of Pee Yew left where that came from.

    Over the many years that I’ve been speaking to and working with organizations about Mastery and Excellence, I’ve realized that many people believe in the Pee Yew Syndrome when it comes to creativity. They regard it as a finite commodity: “Yep, I used to be creative when I was a kid, but then I used it all up.” Granted, they might not consciously realize that’s how they think about it, but, nevertheless, they do. In fact, a somewhat shocking number of people have said with conviction, (Read more…)

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