The longing for connection

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on March 7, 2014

I believe a fundamental human longing is for connection. Most of us do that through friends and family, and sometimes we look for connection through brief interactions with strangers.

I guess I was wanting to connect with the elderly Japanese couple seated near me in the shade at an ancient temple in Ayutthaya, Thailand. It was warm and we all apparently wanted a respite from the heat. I gleaned they were Japanese from their son’s talking to them when he deposited them near me.



Are you being helpful — or hurtful?

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on February 17, 2014

Sometimes our friends and colleagues ask us for feedback. Other times we think our feedback will help them see a blind spot that we think they should know.

But no matter if the input is asked for or not, we’re never quite sure how it will be received.



Travel Angels Redux

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on February 12, 2014

A few years ago, I wrote another piece about travel angels. What are they?

When I travel, especially abroad, I am touched by the kindness of others. I call them my travel angels. We had many in our week in Myanmar. In Hong Kong, on the way from the airport to our hotel we had three.


Been inspired lately?

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on February 5, 2014

DSCN1071 Lisa (in purple) helped start the savings group

A few weeks ago I visited some projects our Together We Can Change the World foundation supports with SE Asian disadvantaged women and children in Myanmar (Burma). In addition to visiting several schools, we visited an inspirational group called Women for the World.

In their small village outside Yangon (formerly Rangoon) a group of 30 women started a savings club several years ago. Tiring of their inability to escape squalor on their husbands’ meager $5-$8/day earnings, they played the lottery as the only way they thought they could rise out of poverty. All of their money went to rent and food and they had nothing left over to save to invest in their own homes. The banks wouldn’t loan them money as they made too little.


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How long will you tolerate dysfunctional behavior?

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on January 20, 2014

I heard a story recently about an executive displaying highly dysfunctional behavior. She is high enough in the organization to get away with not being disciplined or fired. But she’s not emotionally mature enough to understand how her actions have negative ramifications on those around her.



Do you create your own stress?

December 30, 2013

“I hate my mailman!” my friend exclaimed. “Why?” “Because I was expecting an important package and he just left me a notice in my mailbox. In fact, I saw him earlier in the day in another part of the condo complex.” My friend lives on the fourth floor of a condo building with a communal […]

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Is your self-reliance dooming you?

November 22, 2013

A pal has been a supervisor at our local hardware store for 8 years. He recently shared a story about Eric, the new general manager — someone who’d never worked in a hardware store and was hired about 6 months ago. Eric is a nice guy, but he doesn’t see how he’s causing himself to […]

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Silicon Valley Product Managers Assn. workshop on influence

November 16, 2013

A wonderful way to spend a Sat. morning — I presented a very interactive workshop called “Influencing without Authority: Herding Cats with Tuna Not an Electric Prod” for the Silicon Valley Product Managers Assn. What a great group of smart, fun, nice people. They were very willing to try my various games with purpose (as […]

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Sweating the small stuff

November 13, 2013

I appreciate when people are positive and easy going. However, sometimes one can be too laid back and not take care of details when adopting an “It will all work out” attitude. Then stress — at the minimum — ensues, and sometimes chaos and failure. Recently I worked on a project with Sam, who had […]

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Spinach in your teeth

October 22, 2013

What do you call someone who tells you that you have spinach in teeth?

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