From my cage to yours

A meditation Two hands gripping a wire fence (Photo by Mitch Lensink on Unsplash) Here we stand, you and I,aching souls sentenced to lifewithin frail cages of tissue and bonebehind walls that first were fences — boundary-markers over which to meet — but now serve only to imprison ourselves.And within, we are lonely. Here we stand, cage to cage,and […]

In a world of fake news, the truth is not enough—we need honesty with heart

Let’s be honest about being honest (Photo by Kristina Flour on Unsplash) “Well, but that’s just the truth.” “I’m sorry, but I can’t lie — I say it like it is.” “I’m a blunt person.” That’s what you say when you’ve said something you believe is true, but unpleasant. I’ve often said them myself. And as social media […]

How you can use storytelling to lead more effectively

A model for influencing the people you get to lead There are at least three elements you need to lead. FollowersA destinationA story All three are equally important, and none, strictly speaking, matters more than any other — like with shoes, missing one leg is tantamount to having none. And yet, for that very reason, a shoe with […]

How being clumsy made me a better teacher

And how my experience can help you. Yep, this would be me. I’ve always been a little clumsy. It’s why I’ve never ever been great at sports — any sport. Not that I was outrightly terrible, mind you: I did achieve passable competence at football and table tennis (with a lot of practice, but who’s asking?). Wondering what I […]

What I learned about learning from a year in northern Nigeria

And a major reason children learn faster than adults I spent my national youth service year in northern Nigeria and managed to pick up quite a bit of Hausa, the lingua franca in that part of the country. And by “a bit,” I mean, I started off needing an interpreter to communicate with my patients, and […]

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