Category Archives: Passion

When Are You At Your Best?

If the state of fear is when we’re not at our best, when are we at our best? I’m going to take a little leap of faith that you won’t be too alarmed at the L word: Love. We can call this passion, or even play. But love really sums it up for me. I […]

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When Are You Not At Your Best?

I’m pretty obsessed with the concept of ‘at your best’ – it’s what I named this blog and it’s the title of the book I’ve been working on. But what about when you’re not at your best? I know when I’m not at my best. I can trace it simply to when I’m feeling afraid, […]

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Heart King

My mantra so far this year has been Heart King. This means that I am ruling my life from my heart primarily. This is an interesting proposition, considering I work in corporate America, which is very much the province of the mind. Here the heart is looked upon with suspicion. And yet, this is my […]

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Practical advice from jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel

“You must be continually finding yourself, because it is always changing. It may not seem like it but that is practical advice.” – jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel (This quote was in response to an interview question asking for advice for young musicians.) We pride ourselves in being practical, and who couldn’t use some practical advice? […]

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Can’t decide? Let Your Heart Do The Work

There are times where I just cannot decide what is the best course of action, what the best choice is. I can become paralyzed with indecision, weighing pros and cons, and worrying I may not be making the right decision. Lately I have had better results – by far – by simply letting my heart […]

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The MBTI, DiSC, StrengthsFinder, Firo-B and Second Intelligence Smarts

I use lots of different assessments with teams. Four that I use frequently are MBTI, DiSC, StrengthsFinder and Firo-B. If you’re wondering, out of those, the MBTI is my favorite, StrengthsFinder my second favorite. Why? That’s the story for another day. What I’m most interested here is what they give people. These assessments give people […]

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Which Intelligence is More Important, the First or Second? (Costa Rica Tales)

I traveled recently in Costa Rica, trying to navigate public transit and shopping for food in a Spanish speaking country. I last studied Spanish over a decade ago. So this was a chance to try out both intelligences. The Persian poet Rumi says the first intelligence is, “one acquired, as a child in school memorizes […]

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Rumi and the Second Intelligence

Rumi and the Second Intelligence, that sounds like an 80s band doesn’t it? I spent the last month focusing on what the poet Rumi calls the ‘second knowing’. I’m familiar all my life with the first intelligence – the one that gathers and acquires, the IQ workout. But “this other intelligence” is one that I […]

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Rumi and the First Intelligence

The Persian poet Rumi has a poem called Two Kinds of Intelligence that you may have noticed the last post. He says we have two kinds of intelligences. Both are valuable, both are necessary to live in the world. Let’s look at the first intelligence today. This is the “one acquired, as a child in […]

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You’ll Never Get to the End of Mastery

I’ve been starting my musical practice with these cheery words. I’ll never get to the end of technical mastery. There’s always something else to learn, to get better at, to explore. So, there’s now no rush. And there’s nowhere to get to. Now is all I have, now is all you have, finding the spirit […]

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