all posts in the 'General' category


Enough is Enough

How do you know when you’ve put too much energy into a project that hasn’t had a satisfactory return? How do you know when to sell and when to hold? When you’ve passed the point of no return? When it’s time to part ways? When it’s time to get on with the rest of your morning, your day, your life?

silence is the dawn of true speaking

At the end of the 4-day International Coach Federation (ICF) conference, in the last time-slot on the last day, there was a new and curious breakout session.  It was entitled “The Practice of Silence,” and was described as a chance to draw together the learning and experiences of our time at the conference, “the opportunity […]

Setting Your Intention

Last week, I returned from the International Coach Federation's annual conference in Long Beach, California. Over the course of the next few days, I will share with you some of the learning I have taken away from that conference, learning that may prove useful for you, as well. I did something different this year. I […]

off to the coaching conference

Just a quick note to say that I will be away attending the International Coach Federation's Annual Conference in Long Beach, California for the rest of this week. I expect to bring back some interesting and powerful tools to further my clients' progress. While it is possible that I might check my email during that […]

7 Faculty Types Who Should Hire a Coach NOW… and why!

This may seem like a shameless plug for coaching, and perhaps it is. But folks really need to know that help is available and that, despite so many cultural messages to the contrary, getting the support you need is a good thing.  It could help you keep your job, for one thing.  And you can […]

passion and productivity in academic life

My Passion I just got back from city hall, where a Bike to Work Week Proclamation was declared by our mayor.  As a believer in the many benefits cycling offers to individuals and communities I have worked to bring my city, Syracuse, several steps closer to being bike friendly. I would say that I'm passionate […]

Creativity and the “F”-word. Strange Bedfellows.

I have this deck of cards.  It’s called the “Creative Whack Pack”, by Roger von Oech, the guy who brought you A Whack on the Side of the Head and other creativity-enhancing products and methods.  You open up the pack, ask a question or state a place in which you’re stymied, then pick a card, […]

Tenure Reform: The Time Has Come

For those of you interested in the issue of tenure reform, check out this article in Inside Higher Ed written by Hank Brown, president of the University of Colorado.  They recently completed a full scale review of the tenure process and came up with 40 recommendations which not only affect how one comes to be […]

Am I working efficiently?

A Method to My Madness I have had the joy of struggling with transforming my computer life from the Windows world to the Mac OS X world.  While the transformation is not in any way painless, I do notice a difference between the way I move into relationship with new technology and the way many […]

Resolutions for the New Year

A couple of years ago, I wrote an article on New Year’s Resolutions.  It was focused on the steps one needs to take to make good commitments.  After all, that’s what it’s all about.  If I remember correctly, there were 7 steps involved.  I won’t repeat them here, but point you to my other website, […]

Hopeless in Academe

Listening to many of my clients and friends in the academic world, I find myself wondering about the nature of the beast.  What is it about higher education that makes these institutions so incredibly difficult to work in? I’m sure there is no one answer that will speak to it all. Rather, there must be […]

The Bigger Me

I’m back from the International Coach Federation’s annual North American conference.  It was a great experience for me, and once again filled me with a sense of renewal and purpose.  Back home now, having waded through most of the mail and email that accumulated in my absence, I’d like to share with you just one […]

Wasting Time

How do I procrastinate?  Let me count the ways?  (Oooh.  That’s a lot!)  Here are some of mine and some of my clients'.  Are any of them true for you? checking email more than two times a day, when the incoming email you’re expecting is not time-critical; mindless computer games (hearts, solitaire); mindful computer games […]

Children Play. Do You?

I’ve been thinking about playing.  And playing about thinking. (Hah!)  Most of what we do in our oh-so-adult lives is purposeful, agenda-driven, and really (sometimes even really, really) serious. I won’t argue that, for the most part, the serious stuff truly does need to get done… some of it in a very timely fashion.  In […]

An Inconvenient Emotion

Sadness is filling me up. A few weeks ago, I saw An Inconvenient Truth, the documentary made about former Vice President Al Gore and his slide show on global warming that he has personally presented more than 1000 times. I have not been able to shake the feelings of sadness and dread. It would be […]

Independence Day – Your Personal Liberation

It's July 4th.  Here in the U.S. of A., folks most typically refer to the day as "the Fourth." It's the anniversary of our declaration of independence from England, of course, and we are known to celebrate it by pulling out our gas grills, drinking a fair amount of beer, and, perhaps, getting too much […]

And the winners are…

The results of the Summer Coaching Giveaway are in.  (May I have a drum roll, please.)  And, sorry to say, there are no winners.  In fact, there was no interest shown at all. No names were submitted. No one signed up to be notified of new postings. Nada. Ah, well. I'm a bit disappointed. But […]

Coaching Giveaway – Help Out Your Favorite Student

Most of my clients live by the academic calendar, so summer is traditionally a slow time for me. I'd like to change that this summer, and, in the process, get the word out about what I do.  So I will be giving away TWO 45-minute coaching sessions to each of FIVE students.  The students can […]

Summer… a time of planning and renewal

In the academic world, summer is a time for rest and rejuvenation, but it's also a time for creation.  During the summer break, new classes are created and familiar ones are tweaked.  After the end-of-semester rush, many folks take a needed break.  I'm all for it, as it's real important to pull back, recharge, and […]

Get known! Get known… Now!

Attention undergrads!  (And take notice everyone else.) Don't be an ID number.  Be sure you're a known quantity. A cautionary tale: A couple of years ago, I worked with a young man, an undergraduate in a highly competitive technical program at a large university with a reputation for excellence.  When he came to me, as […]

Joy? Joy?… Oh, yeah, I remember that now.

Perhaps you can help me figure something out. Why do you do what you do? Why are you pursuing a degree? Why did you get into the academic life? Why are you finishing your Ph.D.? Why are you applying for university or college positions? Why choose a tenure-track position? If you're an Associate, why go […]

Your Chance of a PhD is…

I just read a blog entry by the Cranky Professor, who wrote about a recent news article in the Washington Post about the proportion of folks entering doctoral programs who actually end up obtaining their Ph.D. One out of two. Not very high, huh? They mention some of the following causes: Some students, for example, […]

Plays Well With Others

Remember when you were a kid, when you had a buddy or a bunch of buddies? Everything was easier with a buddy. Play. Homework. Chores. Challenging your fear. Getting in trouble. Dancing. Pretty much anything you wanted to do or had to do was more easily done when a buddy was alongside you. Remember that? […]

A new creation

This is my first real post to this site, the others having been tests of the system. As in any project, there comes a time to say, “OK. Time to show it to the world.” One must find a way to be comfortable with imperfection, uncertainty, incompleteness, as well as criticism, failure, and success. The […]