February 2011 Archive

February 24, 2011 » The Networked Nonprofit Board

I’ve served on the board of the Leadership Learning Community (LLC) for four years now, and I recently became the board chair. The thing I love most about LLC is how it models its principles. It doesn’t just talk about how leadership should be. It practices it, and it shares its learnings, both good and […]

February 21, 2011 » Somatic Computing

A few months ago, I sat down to a meeting with Kristin Cobble, Gwen Gordon, and Rebecca Petzel. We were all on our laptops, pulling up notes and sending off last minute emails. As the meeting was about to start, we all closed our laptops with a deep breath, looked at each other for a […]

February 20, 2011 » Borders and the New Age of Books

Borders declared bankruptcy this past week, and it’s closing a number of stores in the Bay Area. I was running errands yesterday and was near the San Mateo store, so I decided to drop by and prowl about for deals. It was an absolute madhouse. Parking was just about impossible, and the purchasing line snaked […]

February 18, 2011 » My Ideal To Do List

Last month, I visited my elder sister’s family in Cincinnati. Every evening, I read a bedtime story to my nephew, Elliott. On the last night, Elliott asked me to read him Frog and Toad Together, by Arnold Lobel. The first story followed Toad as he worked through his to do list: This, to me, is […]

February 16, 2011 » Appreciating Execution

I have the pleasure of working with Rebecca Petzel on two of my current projects. She has great instincts and passion around collaboration, and she’s a thinker, a doer, and a learner. She’s already very good at many things, and if she stays on her current path, she’s going to be a force. On our […]

February 15, 2011 » Breakfast at Tucker’s

Last month, I decided to fly out to Cincinnati to surprise my older sister on her most recent “milestone birthday.” I hadn’t visited in a while, and in the interim, she had given birth to her second son, Benjamin. As a present, I wanted to give my sister space. Those of you with kids know […]

February 13, 2011 » Connection Is Life

My friend and colleague, Kristin Cobble, made her blogging debut a few weeks ago with a post entitled, “Living in Service of Life.” In it she asks and explores a simple question: What does it mean to feel alive? David Brooks, who’s been researching the neuroscience behind our social behavior, recently wrote a piece in […]

February 12, 2011 » A Day In A Networked Life

I live a networked life, but there was something about yesterday that made me fully appreciate how lucky I am and how amazing this world is. Here’s yesterday’s rundown: 6am — Up early. Long day of work ahead of me. 7:30am — Asaf Bartov (currently in Israel, soon to be in San Francisco) and Moushira […]

February 9, 2011 » Accountability in the Social Sector

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop wrote an internal memo recently that’s been making the rounds. In a nutshell, he writes that Nokia — the long-time market leader in mobile — is in danger of losing its position, and that it needs to change or die. His memo is remarkable for its urgency and candor. It reminded […]