September 10, 2018

This post is designed to reveal my own habits, in hopes that you might consider what habits are helping and hindering you in life.

May 13, 2017

A weekend warrior is better than no warrior at all.  But a better option is to do a little bit each day: a little exercise, a little writing, a little connecting with others, a little healthy eating.  

Naturally, many of us want the easy path to success, health, an...

April 9, 2017

Other individuals and groups influence us; no one can change us.  But we can change our own mind.

Yet outside forces can influence us so strongly that we willingly change our mind.  What if you dislike--no, despise!--a certain vegetable?  If I told you all of the health...

August 14, 2016

Since our last post, many months ago, ActiveLeading has been busy, although our radio silence hasn't let on to what we are doing.  After our founding in December 2013, our push to find and promote our identity in 2014, and our first pilot program in 2015, our founders...

September 26, 2014

The work of Barry Oshry, the author of several books and a man who has spent a lifetime studying systems (i.e., organizations), constantly comes to my mind when I work with various groups at Cornell University and in the other aspects of my life.


Barry has created an O...

September 14, 2014

When I think of all that I have learned from reading leadership books, all that I have heard from leaders that I (and others) respect, all that I have experienced in my life (as a leader and as a follower when others are leading), I realize that, although the vision of...

September 7, 2014

The main reasons that ActiveLeading exists are to put leaders into flow-inducing situations so that they build strong bonds with other leaders and so that they will have more meaningful (and longer-lasting) learning moments.  But when I recently started reading a book...

July 25, 2014


This NY Times article suggests that math might be more fun--and that those who are learning math might learn more easily--if we coached math, making the learning feel like play.  


That article, of course, stirred in my mind thoughts about the ActiveLeading approach to...

July 7, 2014

From the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), I just read an article that, based on their research, shows that "more than one-half of HR professionals think that retaining and rewarding 

the best employees (59%) and developing the next generation of c...

July 7, 2014

This video, in which two Cirque Du Soleil dancers gracefully move together, has many interesting lessons in it, but this post focuses on the main lesson: why trust is worth it.


As leaders, we must have trust in our team, and our teams, in turn, must trust in us.  Witho...

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