#JazzChurch 57 - Sunday, May 30, 2021

bbebop · #JazzChurch 57 - Sunday, May 30, 2021

#jazzchurch 57 – Sunday, May 23, 2021 – featured music by Charenee Wade, Bobby Watson, Mike Stern, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Gil Scott-Heron, Stevie Wonder, Bootsy Collins, Rufus, The Esquires, and Evelyn “Champagne” King. We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

  1. Offering (Charenee Wade feat. Stefon Harris)
  2. Ginger Bread Boy (Bobby Watson)
  3. Body and Soul (Duke Ellington & Jimmie Blanton)
  4. Solar (Bill Evans Trio)
  5. Satin Doll (Victor Feldman)
  6. Alice In Wonderland (Bill Evans Trio)
  7. Caravan (Art Blakey)
  8. Footprints (Miles Davis)
  9. Red Clay (Freddie Hubbard)
  10. Anselmo (Matt Slocum with Larry Grenadier & Gerald Clayton)
  11. Like Someone In Love (Mike Stern)
  12. Jean Pierre (Mike Stern)
  13. Peace (Mike Stern)
  14. Besame Mucho (Avishai Cohen)
  15. The Thrill is Gone (From Yesterday’s Kiss) (Aretha Franklin)
  16. Now He Sings–Now He Sobs (Chick Corea)
  17. Essex/Martin, Grant, Byrd & Till (Charenee Wade)
  18. Mr. Kenyatta (Hilton Ruiz)
  19. Theme for a Brighter Future (Omer Avital, Avishai Cohen, Jason Lindner, Joel Frahm & Johnathan Blake)
  20. Runaway Child, Running Wild (The Temptations)
  21. Running (Gil Scott-Heron)
  22. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free (Sting)
  23. It Ain’t No Use (Stevie Wonder)
  24. Ahh…The Name Is Bootsy, Baby (Bootsy Collins)
  25. You Got the Love (Rufus feat. Chaka Khan)
  26. Get On Up (The Esquires)
  27. Shame (Evelyn “Champagne” King)
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Too Many Questions

Do the Right Thing!

Da Mayor and Mookie!!! Alas, I find myself back here again, wondering, searching for, trying to figure out what the right thing is. And then how to do it! Wondering if I’m up to it. We’ll see…

What does it mean to say that you’re “head over heels” in love with someone when your head being over your heels happens all the time while you’re just standing up?

Apparently, the phrase began as “heels over head” in the 1300s.

#JazzChurch 56 - Sunday, May 23, 2021

bbebop · #JazzChurch 56

#jazzchurch 56 – Sunday, May 23, 2021 – featured music by Pat Metheny, Mulgrew Miller, Joe Henderson, Keith Jarrett Trio, Chano Dominguez, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland Quartet, Ron Carter Quartet, Phil Upchurch, Quincy Jones, Sly & Robbie & Amp Fiddler, and Maze feat. Frankie Beverly. #MakeAJoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

  1. Come and See (Pat Metheny)
  2. Soul-Leo (Mulgrew Miller)
  3. Song For Darnell (Mulgrew Miller)
  4. U.M.M.G (Joe Henderson)
  5. Sanctuary (with Larry Grenadier & Gerald Clayton) (Matt Slocum)
  6. Ana Maria (Rufus Reid)
  7. The Cure (Keith Jarrett Trio)
  8. Wapango (Paquito D’Rivera, Kathryn Stott, Yo-Yo Ma & Cyro Baptista)
  9. Flamenco Sketches (Chano Dominguez)
  10. Sanctuary (Wayne Shorter)
  11. Nardis (Chano Dominguez)
  12. Isn’t This a Lovely Day? (Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong feat. Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown & Buddy Rich)
  13. Somewhere Along the Way (Larry Willis)
  14. Conference of the Birds (Dave Holland Quartet)
  15. Old Folks (Keith Jarrett Trio)
  16. Blame It On My Youth (Keith Jarrett Trio)
  17. Laverne Walk (Ron Carter Quartet)
  18. Bee’s Blues (Phil Upchurch)
  19. Soul Bossa Nostra (Quincy Jones feat. Ludacris, Naturally 7 & Rudy Currence)
  20. Crazy Day (Sly & Robbie & Amp Fiddler)
  21. Before I Let Go (Maze feat. Frankie Beverly)
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Some Type of Lily, 5/22/2021.

This bass player is available (provided, of course, everyone has been vaccinated)! :-)

#JazzChurch 55 – Sunday, May 16, 2021

bbebop · #JazzChurch 55 - Sunday, May 16, 2021

#jazzchurch 55 – Sunday, May 16, 2021 – features music by Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade, Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson, Young-Holt Unlimited, Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter, McCoy Tyner, Tom Harrell, Chet Baker, Sylvain Luc, Bill Withers, Lou Rawls, World’s Famous Supreme Team, Chic, and funky cuts from Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool. #MakeAJoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

  1. Love’s In Need of Love Today (Stevie Wonder)
  2. Utopia and Visions (Don Cherry, Okay Temiz, Tage Siven, Tommy Goldman, Maffy Falay & Tommy Koverhult)
  3. Afro-Blue (Live At Birdland, NYC - October 8, 1963) (John Coltrane)
  4. Afro-Centric (Joe Sanders)
  5. Ballad for a Noble Man (In Memory of Doug Sommer) (Brian Blade, Danilo Perez & John Patitucci)
  6. Spiral (Tomonao Hara & Hiroshi Ikejiri)
  7. Pastime Paradise (Stevie Wonder)
  8. Eiderdown (Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade)
  9. We Almost Lost Detroit (Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson)
  10. Soulful Strut (Young-Holt Unlimited)
  11. Better Get Your Thing Together (Kenny Burrell)
  12. Saguaro (Ron Carter with Renee Rosnes, Jimmy Greene & Payton Crossley)
  13. Beautiful Love (McCoy Tyner Quartet)
  14. Contrary Mary (Tom Harrell)
  15. Autumn Leaves (Chet Baker)
  16. All Blues (Sylvain Luc)
  17. Pata Pata (Sylvain Luc)
  18. Young and Fine (Trio Sud)
  19. Lovely Day (Bill Withers)
  20. Old Folks (Lou Rawls)
  21. They Won’t Go When I Go (Stevie Wonder)
  22. Hey! D.J. (World’s Famous Supreme Team)
  23. Positive (Spearhead With Michael Franti)
  24. Nocturnal Sunshine (Me’Shell NdegeOcello Feat. Herbie Hancock)
  25. Stolen Moments (United Future Organization)
  26. Trouble Don’t Last Always (Incognito & Carleen Anderson With Ramsey Lewis)
  27. 1960 What? (Amp Fiddler feat. London House Cats Choir)
  28. Chic Cheer (Chic)
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”Your intelligence cannot be measured by a number. It is defined by your willingness to learn, solve problems and try new things. You are more than just a number. Develop your skills. Share your brilliant ideas. Your skills are more valuable than your grades.
Prof. Richard Feynman

#workingonit!!!

🧠

“The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.”
– H. L. Mencken

“In God we trust; all others must bring data.”
– W. Edwards Deming

“Hmmm…”
– Bill E. Bob

#JazzChurch 54 - Sunday, May 9, 2021

bbebop · #JazzChurch 54 - Sunday, May 9, 2021

#jazzchurch 54 – Sunday, May 9, 2021 – featured music by Joshua Redman, Alan Broadbent, Cyrus Chestnut, Mahalia Jackson, Richie Havens, Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau & Kurt Elling, Camilla George, Billy Hart, Alan Pasqua, Gil Scott-Heron, Chic, Tito Puente, Mary J. Blige, and Cheryl Lynn, among others shown below. We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

  1. Jazz Crimes (Joshua Redman)
  2. Ceora (Alan Broadbent)
  3. Gymnopédie No. 3 (Cyrus Chestnut)
  4. Summertime / Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (Mahalia Jackson)
  5. Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Miguel Zenón)
  6. Freedom (Richie Havens)
  7. Run, Shaker Life (Richie Havens)
  8. It’s All in the Game (Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette)
  9. 38-58 (Alex Sipiagin feat. David Binney, Adam Rogers, John Escreet, Matt Brewer & Eric Harland)
  10. Love Dance (Akira Tana feat. Carla Helmbrecht)
  11. As (Stevie Wonder)
  12. Take Five (Al Jarreau & Kurt Elling)
  13. The Night has a Thousand Eyes (Camilla George)
  14. Cosmosis (Billy Hart)
  15. Here But I’m Gone (Camilla George, et al. feat. Omar Lye-Fook)
  16. Land Of The Midnight Sun (Al DiMeola)
  17. Lulù (Enrico Rava, Stefano Bollani, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier & Paul Motian)
  18. Milagro (Alan Pasqua)
  19. Ms Baja (Camilla George)
  20. Underneath It All (Harvie S)
  21. Acoma (Alan Pasqua)
  22. Song for Reds (Camilla George)
  23. Eighty-One (Miles Davis)
  24. Don’t Give Up (Gil Scott-Heron)
  25. I Want Your Love (Chic)
  26. Oye Cómo Va (Tito Puente)
  27. Bang Bang (Tito Nieves)
  28. Show Love (Mary J. Blige)
  29. Got to Be Real (Cheryl Lynn)
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“Don’t Give Up” by Gil Scott-Heron

So, I’m up early looking for music to play on #JazzChurch today, and I find out it’s a friend’s birthday. I immediately think Gil Scott-Heron because I know he likes Gil almost as much as I do!

I decide to play “Don’t Give Up” and came across this video on YouTube. It’s ethereal. I feel like GSH is one of the spirits calling our names, saying, “Don’t give up! It’s time to stop your falling. You’ve been down long enough. Can’t you hear the spirits calling?”

I love this song! Happy Birthday, Jeffrey!


Lyrics for “Don’t Give Up”

Ahh, lovely day……

I never really thought of myself as a complex man
Or as someone who was really that hard to understand
But it would hardly take a genius to realize
That I’ve always been a lot too arrogant and a little too f$%kin’ wise
That was a combination that made folks feel duty bound
To do whatever they could to try and shoot me down
To head off some of the things I might possibly say
And see if they couldn’t take some of my pride away
To bring me disappointment and teach me to fear it
Obviously, these are folks that just didn’t have no spirit
Spirits say

[Chorus]
Don’t give up (spirits say don’t give up)
Yes, it’s time to stop your fallin’
You’ve been down long enough
Can’t you hear the spirits callin’
Yes, it’s the spirits
Can’t you hear iiiiiit
Callin’ your name x 2
Yeah, talkin’ bout spiriiiiiiiiiiits heh

There are people whose lives are so far off the track
That what they like best about life is stabbing’ brothers in the back
And I was obviously too blind and probably too weak
To see who was responsible for my losing streak
The best way to explain it is to say simply because
I was looking around outside, and the truth is I was
The one. So I got locked into all of the analysis
And found myself locked into a kind of paralysis
And something was calling, and I almost didn’t hear it
But I spent a lot of time being blessed by the spirits
They keep saying

[Chorus]
It didn’t matter if it was a child or an adult
There was absolutely no one that I could not insult
So that I could isolate myself somewhere off to the side
And continue to juggle all the possible whys
The warmth I once could generate so well
Had turned into a frozen hell
And the discouraging injustices I felt
Had pinned me somewhere inside a drug-infested cell
Where those who told didn’t know and those who knew didn’t tell
And “I could continue to feel sorry for my self” [echo of ““]
And then I heard

[Chorus]
Ain’t no way overnight to turn your life around
And this ain’t the conversation of someone that never falls back down
But no matter how long you’ve been on trial
With the days and weeks of self-denial
And no matter how many times you’ve tried to make it
And found out that right then you just couldn’t take it
If you are looking for a loser who found strength and success
Remember the spirit of Brother Malcolm X
And know that you can leave all your mistakes behind
The day that you “really make up your mind” [echo of ““]
Come on, brother… pull on up
Stand on up and say…

[Chorus]

Inside the all-hands meeting that led to a third of Basecamp employees quitting - The Verge:

Another employee said they had been thrown by the fact that the founders, after years of telling employees that they were part of an elite chosen few who were good enough to work at Basecamp, would get rid of them so easily.

“They just want to build cool shit all day,” the employee said. “They don’t want to deal with people, which is something you have to do as a manager … Jason and David just threw us away.”

Fascinating story about what happens when you don’t do your work.

“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.”
– Leonard Bernstein

Is that why some of my best ideas arrive late, almost at the end of possibility???

#JazzChurch 53 - Sunday, May 2, 2021

bbebop · #JazzChurch 53 - Sunday, May 2, 2021

#jazzchurch 53 – Sunday, May 2, 2021 – featured the music we began with in our first episode one year ago, including songs by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, Joe Henderson, Gary Bartz, Charles Lloyd, Alice Coltrane, John Scofield, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, Pharoah Sanders, Harvey Wainapel, and the Branford Marsalis Quartet. We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

  1. Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord (The Edwin Hawkins Singers)
  2. Photograph (Joe Henderson)
  3. Dear Lord (Gary Bartz feat. Andy Bey)
  4. Come Sunday (Charles Lloyd)
  5. The People Could Fly (Camilla George)
  6. He Knows How Much You Can Bear (Terell Stafford)
  7. New Delhi (Cannonball Adderley)
  8. Lord, Help Me to Be (Alice Coltrane)
  9. Tulle (John Scofield)
  10. Nothing Personal (Michael Brecker)
  11. Turiya And Ramakrishna (Alice Coltrane)
  12. 30 Years (Betty Carter)
  13. A Turtle’s Dream (Abbey Lincoln)
  14. Harriet Tubman (Wynton Marsalis Septet)
  15. Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord (Pharoah Sanders)
  16. Tha Go ‘Round (B Sharp Jazz Quartet)
  17. No. 3 (Geri Allen)
  18. Beautiful Love (Harvey Wainapel)
  19. Eternal (Branford Marsalis Quartet)
  20. Friend Forever (Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen)
  21. Gaslight (Duke Pearson)
  22. Sail Away (Kenny Barron)
  23. I Waited For You (Bebop & Beyond)
  24. Peresina (McCoy Tyner Big Band)
  25. Time Remembered (Bill Evans feat. Zoot Sims, Jim Hall, Ron Carter & Philly Joe Jones)
  26. Believer (Jazzanova)
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International Jazz Day 10th Anniversary Celebration

A look back at 10 years of historic International Jazz Day concerts featuring dozens of music icons. Watch unforgettable performances by Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, Hugh Masekela, and many more.

I love jazz, of course, and this program is a wonderful way to celebrate International Jazz Day, especially during a pandemic. Alas, I’m also feeling overwhelming sadness because we’ve lost so many.

#JazzChurch 52 - April 25, 2021

bbebop · #JazzChurch 52 - April 25, 2021

#jazzchurch 52 – Sunday, April 25, 2021 –featured music by Joe Henderson, Cyrus Chestnut, Herbie Hancock, Eberhard Weber, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Charles Lloyd, Paul Chambers, Charles Mingus, Prince, Amel Larrieux, and Daft Punk. We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

  1. Mode For Joe (Joe Henderson)
  2. No More Blues (Chega de Saudade) (Joe Henderson)
  3. Hello (Cyrus Chestnut)
  4. Biji (Sonny Rollins)
  5. So Near, So Far (Joe Henderson)
  6. All The Beauty She Left Behind (Live In Berlin) (Bonus Track) (e.s.t. Esbjörn Svensson Trio)
  7. One Of A Kind (Herbie Hancock)
  8. Yesterdays (Eberhard Weber)
  9. San Lorenzo (Pat Metheny)
  10. Donna Lee (Jaco Pastorius)
  11. Sister (Charles Lloyd)
  12. Soul Dance (Joshua Redman)
  13. Wave (Rosa Passos)
  14. Evidence (Thelonious Monk)
  15. Black Narcissus (Joe Henderson)
  16. Chasin’ the Bird (Paul Chambers)
  17. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Charles Mingus)
  18. The Return (Upward Spiral) (Branford Marsalis Quartet & Kurt Elling)
  19. Gymnopédie No. 1 (Cyrus Chestnut)
  20. The One Step (Chick Corea)
  21. Bala Com Bala (Romero Lubambo, Helio Alves, Edu Ribeiro, Reuben Rogers)
  22. Good Morning Heartache (John Patitucci, Vinnie Colaiuta & Bill Cunliffe)
  23. When Doves Cry (Prince & The Revolution)
  24. Welcome 2 America (Prince)
  25. Get Up (Amel Larrieux)
  26. Lose Yourself to Dance (Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams)
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Why Zigging Is The Enemy of Innovation

As Henry Ford may have once said, “If I asked my customers what they wanted, they would have said, ‘faster horses’.”

This is why a real innovation culture in a business is really, really hard to cultivate. People’s first instinct is just to copy the competition with a tweak, and hope for the best.

But that’s not how transformational innovation is built. It never has.

This sounds like “best practices” to me. Why pursue mediocrity???

She’ll be coming round The Mountain when she comes!

#JazzChurch 51

bbebop · #JazzChurch 51 - April 18, 2021

#jazzchurch 51 – Sunday, April 18, 2021 – featured music by Charles Lloyd, McCoy Tyner, Christian Sands, Darrell Grant, Ellis Marsalis Trio, Jen Chapin, Tuck & Patti, Jill Scott & Chris Botti, John Coltrane, Keith Jarrett, Marquis Hill, and Orrin Evans. We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

  1. Chant (Donald Byrd)
  2. Love/Dear Lord (SFJAZZ Collective)
  3. Come and See (Pat Metheny)
  4. #knowingishalfthebattle (Orrin Evans)
  5. Be Water I (Christian Sands)
  6. Shades of Jazz(Take 1A) (Keith Jarrett)
  7. Mashup (Dave Holland)
  8. Tender Warriors (Charles Lloyd)
  9. Beast of Burden (Donald Byrd)
  10. Mary’s Intro (Marquis Hill)
  11. The Poet (Marquis Hill)
  12. Detour Ahead (René Marie)
  13. Time After Time (Tuck & Patti)
  14. Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (Rose Royce)
  15. Good Morning Heartache (Jill Scott & Chris Botti)
  16. Pastime Paradise (Jen Chapin)
  17. Golden (Jill Scott)
  18. I Didn’t Know (DJ Romain, Nedelka & DJ Spen)
  19. Speak Low (Wayne Darling/Arni Egilsson/Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen)
  20. Spiral (John Coltrane)
  21. Suddenly (McCoy Tyner)
  22. Reconciliation (Darrell Grant)
  23. Twelve’s It (Ellis Marsalis Trio)
  24. Sponge (Randy Brecker & Michael Brecker)
  25. Czekając na deszcz (Zbigniew Seifert Quartet)
  26. Echo - Side Blue (Sonny Rollins)
  27. Clear Cut Boogie (Sonny Rollins)
  28. Estuary (Tom Harrell)
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How Do I Want to Be When I Return From Vacation? Episode #27

I’ve been on PTO for two weeks and return to work on Monday. This vacation has been timely because, even though I’ve acquired the nickname “Dr. Zoom,” I was suffering definite Zoom fatigue. Maybe work fatigue! We had a quarterly team planning session a few days before my time off. I noted that I was on the verge of burnout and that hopefully, my vacay would help. Then I found myself needing to take a timeout from the meeting.

Yeah, I needed to, and did, get away! Now I’m heading back into the fray and am facing an age-old question: “How do I want to be when I go back to work?” What changes do I want to make? What do I want to do differently?

It seems my most memorable vacations came when the stress became too much to bear. That wasn’t the plan. Maybe I was oblivious? I wrote about this a couple of years ago, of course, while on vacation.

Here’s a related experience I had early in my career:

Once upon a time things weren’t going so well at work. I can’t remember what we were arguing about, but I left my boss’s office, walked back to mine, and kinda sorta slammed the door. I sat at my desk for a few minutes – in the dark – pissed!

After a while, one of my colleagues came in and said, “Bill you’re obviously having a bad day. Why don’t you just go home?”

I thought, “you mean I could do that?” While it hadn’t occurred to me, it was great advice!

I grabbed my coat and briefcase, told my assistant I was leaving for the day. And left.

I walked across Central Park South. When I got to Lexington Avenue, the proverbial lightbulb went on.

I ambled into Bloomingdales and took the escalator up to the seventh floor. I went to the American Express Travel counter, where a young woman asked how she could help me.

“Send me away,” I said.

“Where would you like to go?”

“I have no idea but I obviously need a vacation.”

Man, that vacation was so timely!! Anyway, my current one is ending, and I’ve got just a little time to face that question:

“How do I want to be when I go back to work?”

I don’t have answers just yet. Maybe a future blog post will reveal how it all turns out?

Of course, if you have some advice, hit me with it. Soon! Thanks!

Bb’s Journal Notes: McCoy Tyner in Seattle

April 15, 2012. Our first visit to Jazz Alley. Waiting for The Real McCoy. That would be McCoy Tyner. Not sure who was on bass. Thinking it might have been; oh wait, let me go find out:

Bb’s Journal Notes

Ballad For Aisha - 4/15/12

McCoy Tyner !! @ Jazz Alley!! with Gary Bartz!! on Alto, Francisco Mela on drums. Not sure who’s playing bass – don’t know the name.

Opened with Fly with the Wind, I think. Awesome! McCoy wrote Ballad for Aisha for his wife, who’s in the audience tonight. McCoy said they’ve been together since they were teenagers. (Not the only such couple in the house!!!)

McCoy looks frail when walking but sounds like the Real McCoy when playing.

I’m Living the Dream!!

I love seeing McCoy smile at Francisco and vice versa. Cool interaction. Everyone is Present. Right. Here. Right. Now!

Moment’s Notice!

Suddenly popped up. There it is!

Lot’s of young kids in the audience!

Blues on the Corner!! – McCoy sits out for two choruses of Gary’s solo, then BAM!! Then he does it again.

The bass plays along with part of the melody. Gerald Cannon?!

Solo Piano –> For All We Know

Francisco Mela is a revelation!!

In a Mellow Tone! (No Peresina???? Oh, welly welly!)

Walk Spirit. Talk Spirit.

Great memory. I’m so glad I documented it, most likely journaling during the concert (which may explain why my only photograph is above???).

McCoy Tyner is the musician I’ve seen the most during my lifetime. I really love him. I’m sad he’s no longer with us, but his music and memory live on.

”Of course it’s nice that we’ve managed to gather virtually. But I don’t know, it’s just not the same.“
Sandy Boynton

Even Dr. Zoom agrees!

Yesterday, the third Thursday of April, was the second National High Five Day in a row during which I, self-proclaimed Chief High-Five Officer, gave zero high-fives!

Why are high fives important to me? Here’s a bit of brilliance from one of my esteemed former colleagues:

“As Bill and I ‘High-Fived’ at the end of our meeting today, it occurred to me that you can’t really effectively High Five by yourself. It takes more than one person. It is a shared validation of a positive outcome or success (which can be any step achieved along the way), agreement of ideas, vision, or action plans. And, it feels good, brings inspiration, acknowledges, carries momentum and gives positive reinforcement. Have you ever experienced a negative High Five?”

So, I started high-fiving everyone, becoming a high-fiving fool.

I can’t wait for this pandemic to be over!!!

Dot Stories: Go to the Training First

Early in my career, a colleague suggested I send a “brilliant, yet difficult” employee to an American Management Association training program formally called Executive Effectiveness, and euphemistically referred to as “charm school.” I reached out to the AMA instructor, who assured me that the class was appropriate. However, he also suggested I first take the workshop myself, so I’d be better nable to support my direct report. He told me, “no one ever takes this advice.” Challenge accepted!

Not only did I learn a lot, but his advice also set a pattern for me. I go first. It helps me help you. If I’m open, it also just helps me. I wouldn’t be where and who I am without following this idea of taking the training first!

P.S. Charm school taught me that I should be less charming, that I should speak what’s on my mind because the team needs to hear it. Still #workingonit!!!