The Secret Ingredient: Feedback

  People always ask me, “Hey Chef, what’s your specialty?” or “Hey Chef, what’s your favorite thing to make?” When I answer, “Whatever is local, fresh, and in season,” typically they will say, “No, you don’t understand. What is YOUR favorite thing to cook?”  At this point they do not want to hear my answer… Read more »

Are You a Thinker or a Feeler?

On a cold and rainy Tuesday last winter at the Crowne Plaza hotel in downtown Seattle, I stood with 10 other “Thinkers” waiting for instructions. Eight “Feelers” stood on the opposite side of the room near the leftover cinnamon rolls from breakfast. Earlier that morning, we had identified our best-fit Myers Briggs personality type, and… Read more »

Your Humble Servant, The CEO

The term “leadership” is relatively new. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word can be traced back only as far as the 19th century. But today, leadership is a hot topic. Amazon offers 300,000 books with the word “leadership” in the title. It seems that most everyone wants to be a leader, or at… Read more »


The Psychology of Finance

“…An uncertain path from one paradigm to another.”   – Innovation as defined by Thomas Kuhn, 1962. Change has transformed financial markets in my lifetime. We have seen dramatic changes in the way people invest their money and how those investments are measured and constructed.  In the beginning I attended college 35 years ago (1978-82), graduating… Read more »

Investment in America’s Infrastructure Begins with Young Children and Their Families

The Costs of Not Getting Brain Development Right the First Time As a society, America has grown to have more awareness and understanding of the effects of adversity on our population’s health, and we now have access to evidence-based programs that have been shown to improve the wellness outcomes of children and their families. If… Read more »

Focusing on Primary Education: Why We Need a Revolution for How We Treat Our Very Young

The silence What is our biggest development challenge today? This is my favorite question to ask my economic policy class, one that I teach around the world to various age groups in different cultural settings. The answers I hear include the various problems the world is facing today: poor quality healthcare, falling standards in education,… Read more »


Timeless Leadership Qualities: Adapting for success in the new workplace

  “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – President Abraham Lincoln We live in an amazing era, marked by rapid economic and social change, fantastic technological advances, and dynamic business opportunities. Simultaneously, faith in institutions is eroding and the future is uncertain. This poses great challenges for any leader who must meet high stakeholder… Read more »

Consciousness Crisis: A Call for Evolutionary Leadership

Most of us recognise the obvious – that the world is undergoing a period of dynamic disruption driven by many factors, including technology, globalization, and the current transition into the “imagination age”… a paradigm shift requiring significant transformation.  An imperative for the success of any significant transformation is leadership. The World Economic Forum Global Outlook… Read more »

Creativity Paves the Way to Self-Sufficiency

  If you had told me 17 years ago when I came to work for Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) that one day I’d be talking about how to create the world’s first indigenous-developed video game, I never would have believed you. I also could never have predicted that this game, based on an Iñupiaq… Read more »