The Overview Effect is a phenomenon experienced by a large number of veteran astronauts, who traveled to the moon and stars searching for answers to ancestral questions about who we are, what is our purpose, and what is our destiny. They were so focused on what was “out there” that it never occurred to them how breathtaking, how awesome, fragile and how perfect their home would look from mankind’s newest vantage point. It is this profound moment when they began to feel an overwhelming sense of inter connectivity, of unity, or purpose. That we are all part of one ecosystem, and that may have been the most important discovery of the journey. Fair warning: this post will get deep.
Category Archives: Life Lessons
This powerful work has been going viral, and rightly so. It explores how the insecurities that form from bullying, and how they stay with you much longer than the proverbial “broken bones from sticks and stones”.
Chuck Hoberman has made a career out of looking at the world with a different perspective.
Hoberman, internationally known for his “transformable structures”, seamlessly fuses the disciplines of art, architecture and engineering. Through his products, patents, and structures, Hoberman demonstrates how objects can be foldable, retractable, or shape-shifting.
He is the founder of Hoberman Associates, a multidisciplinary practice that utilizes transformable principles for a wide range of applications including consumer products, deployable shelters and structures for aerospace. His art has been exhibited around the world on many occasions over the last 20 years. Examples of his commissioned work include the transforming video screen for the U2 360° world tour, the Hoberman Arch installed as the centerpiece for the Winter Olympic Games (2002), as well as exhibits at a number of major museums. Hoberman spoke at TEDxJNJ about his accomplishments in a calculated, almost too humble manner, but in the midst of explaining his way of viewing the world, he imparted on me some words of wisdom that really stuck with me. Continue reading
What is Modern Leadership?
An entire section of TEDxJNJ’s 12/12/12 event was dedicated to leadership. We had speakers talk about their experiences growing as leaders. One was the leader of a large organization, one was a coworker and colleague of mine. Leadership occurs at all levels, yet “some people got it, some people don’t.” At least, that’s what it feels like, right? What is changing about leadership today? What’s working, and what’s not?
Lux aeterna luceat eis Domine.
Let eternal light shine upon them, O Lord.
My heart is in distress. But Joy (and healing) comes in the morning light.
Lord, in your infinite mercy, grant them rest forever more, in Light Eternal.
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“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”
– Leonard Bernstein, composer and conductor
UMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM… I don’t know about where you work, but I didn’t think there are many places where you are going to see the Zen Master meditating on his desk before the staff meeting… To kick off my TEDxJNJ experience, I went on an adventure to learn about this skill set called mindfulness, and how I could apply it to my life. Continue reading
December 12, 2012 was a unique moment in the passage of time that will not be repeated until 01/01/01, that is Jan 1, 2101. I may not live to see it, as I will be one month away from my 112th birthday, but who knows? I have high hopes for health care… I am so fortunate to have attended the TEDxJNJ Main Event to commemorate the milestone! I am energized with thoughts, and passion, and new ideas that will be the subject of several posts. I wanted to explain what role TEDxJNJ has in Johnson & Johnson, and in my own growing career. I believe it is a driver of critical conversations that all human beings should engage in.
I am a few months away from completing my Leadership Development Program. At that point, I will continue in my current role as a manager of investigations to discover root cause of critical infrastructure incidents. When I started this journey 18 months ago, I was a different person. I was listening to Dubstep. I was spending my weekends going into New York to rid myself of my new found income at clubs and bars. I was fresh out of college, and chomping at the bit– I wanted to change the world. I still do. At this critical turning point, I look back over the last two years to see what’s changed and what has stayed the same. Continue reading
There is an image in my head of who I want to be, who I’m supposed to be, and who I’m going to be five years from now. In a certain job, in a certain shape, the list goes on.. After a long talk with an old friend this week, I found myself trying to understand how to stress less about these versions of me I have in my head.