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Take control of your calendar

Take control of your calendar

Monday morning arrives. You wake up and think "I have a lot to do this week". You get ready for work, have some coffee, and brace yourself for the week ahead. Last night, you looked at your calendar and prepped for a meeting with your boss, which makes you feel a...

Adapt

Adapt

"Head, heart, hustle" - the words of Thomas Moyer were in my head, egging me on. 10 miles done, 9.22 to go, it was New Year's Eve, the last day of a 31-day experiment in adaptation. I was exhausted but I knew I was going to make it. 99% chance of completion. I heard...

Change

Change

I was running a peak performance workshop with some high performing sales engineers the other day and one of the attendees asked "how do you deal with rapid change?". They were dealing with a high rate of change in their organization, their products, and their roles....

Pep Talk

Pep Talk

Here is an amazing pep talk that I came across on Muse. The author is Emily Fletcher: Hi friends, this is a little pep talk for you. So here is what I know for sure. You are meant for greatness. You have clearly worked very hard to be standing where you are right now...

Play

Play

It was 6 PM on a Sunday. My older son came in and asked "want to go for a bike ride?' I already had a full day. A long run had made me tired. I just sat down to chill out. He already had his helmet on. My initial response that came to me was "Aaah, I just sat down and...

Sleep

Sleep

There is really no better performance improver than good sleep, in my opinion... Sleep is often referred to as a "super power" due to its profound impact on our physical health, mental well-being, cognitive function, and overall performance. Sleep is the foundation of...

LovingKindness

LovingKindness

  When I was pushing really hard last fall, I found myself running out of energy by Thursday. I was working full-time, going to graduate school, and in training with Flow Research Collective. Getting up at 5 AM to get two hours of study in before taking the kids...

Hundred days

Hundred days

It's been a hundred days since I left my job to pursue a completely different domain. Planning helps, but doesn't fully prepare you for the psychological transition of leaving a job, a paycheck, and a mission. You can only process the transition while you are in it....

Awe

Awe

"Get up. You gotta see this." I was woken up by my friend in the next hut and stepped into the crisp morning air. It was too early to wake up and too cold to sleep. Sunlight was starting to fill the giant valley and I was filled with wonder. The entire Annupurna...

Grit

Grit

In 2017, Kerri and I converted some 1930s cabins on 30 acres near Kings Canyon into the Be Well Retreat. It is a space designed for families to immerse themselves in nature, disconnect from their devices and connect with each other. The property came with three 1930s...

Group Flow for Business Teams

Group Flow for Business Teams

Introduction Group flow can increase the productivity, happiness and creativity of business-led technology teams and is a powerful tool for organizations looking to have higher impact. If you have worked on a high performing business team or sports team, you may have...

Put your oxygen mask on first

Put your oxygen mask on first

I find myself less driven lately and that's OK. Six weeks after leaving the corporate world and my time has been occupied with household chores, dropping the kids off and picking them up from school, and puttering around fixing stuff. It's been insightful and valuable...

Seven days after leaving my corporate job

Seven days after leaving my corporate job

Well, I did it! I had a great run at Rapid7 and my work was done. On my first day of self-employment, I flew to see my family in Minneapolis and got to have quality time with my my brothers, sister and Mom. My mom couldn't believe I quit my job as it wasn't something...

One way ticket to somewhere

One way ticket to somewhere

Twenty three years ago, I quit my job, cashed in some stock, gave away most of worldly possessions, and bought a one-way ticket to Kathmandu, Nepal. I had some money in my pocket, no plan and about a year of runway. I bought one way tickets to Sydney, Kathmandu,...

Ending my tech career on a high note

Ending my tech career on a high note

  Yep, you heard right. I am leaving my tech career to pursue a totally different domain, with a goal to bring more joy, meaning, and impact to people's lives. Before I get into that, I want to express my gratitude... I am ending my tech career as the CIO...

The genius of my partner

The genius of my partner

My wife is an educator, maker and artist. She uses plants, landscapes, ceramics, paint, and spaces to create new value that didn't exist before. She is a pioneer in outdoor learn-scapes, helps kids connect food to wellness, and has transformed family dining habits...

Walking with purpose

Walking with purpose

I spent a challenging and wonderful time in the woods last week. To an old spot, Hamilton Lakes, where I was going to do a 5 day loop through Precipice Lake, Little Five Lakes, Redwood Meadow and Bearpaw Meadow. The going got tough on the first day. I was making great...

Building in flow

Building in flow

I experienced a flow state for several hours the other day while doing some carpentry. I was  wrapping up the wellhouse at the Be Well Retreat and had about a day's worth of work left. I was overcoming an illness and still not 100% which forced me to work very...

Why do I meditate?

A friend of mine asked me the other day "why do you meditate?, ya know, some people go to the gym because they want to look good, others run because it makes them feel good, what makes you meditate?" My first response was not the highest quality response and was...

RIP Ollie, the ranch dog

RIP Ollie, the ranch dog

We lost our dog today to a mystery illness. He started wincing out in pain about six weeks ago. We visited four different vets in Los Angeles who diagnosed it as a cognitive illness. It wasn't. We took him back to Iowa and he went downhill really quickly. A vet in...

Integral Spirituality

Integral Spirituality

I am reading The Future of Spirituality, why it must be integral and really enjoying how Ken Wilber brings together pre-modern, modern, and post-modern into an integral view of spirituality. From what I understand:  pre-modern - Mythical explanations of absolute truth...

Resources

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Change

Change

I was running a peak performance workshop with some high performing sales engineers the other day and one of the attendees asked "how do you deal with rapid change?". They were dealing with a high...

LovingKindness

LovingKindness

  When I was pushing really hard last fall, I found myself running out of energy by Thursday. I was working full-time, going to graduate school, and in training with Flow Research Collective....

Group Flow for Business Teams

Group Flow for Business Teams

Introduction Group flow can increase the productivity, happiness and creativity of business-led technology teams and is a powerful tool for organizations looking to have higher impact. If you have...

Flow Resources

Flow Resources

Here are my favorite books and other resources on Flow Science:   Flow: Living at the Peak of Your Abilities by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly...

Meditation Resources

Meditation Resources

These are some of my favorite books and other resources that I have used to develop my meditation practice. Starting with practical guides: The Mind Illuminated: A complete meditation guide...

Retirement Resources

Retirement Resources

These are some of my favorite books and other resources that I have used to plan for retirement financially and psychologically: Your Money or your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez. The book...