And Begin Again

On the surface, the cut-throat, aggressive startup vibe you find in Silicon Valley would seem incompatible to the serene, contemplative ethos associated with meditation. Indeed, it seems that more and more startup executives and workers are turning to meditation’s promise of calm that beckons like a selkie. Yet while the energy may seem diametrically opposed […]

I’d Like an Argument, Please

In Monty Python’s “Argument Clinic” sketch, a man is looking to enter into an argument just for the sake of argument. As the sketch progresses, it becomes clear that this is more just a back and forth series of contradictions: “Yes it is!,” “No it isn’t!” In response to which the man complains, “This isn’t […]

Moving Past Overwhelm to Action.

There are times when the path forward is not clear. A dark moonless night in a snowstorm. Stuck in fog on the water. No directional signs to guide you. No path to follow. This situation happens frequently and does not cause overwhelm. It can even be peaceful, if you feel safe and secure in the […]

Is Motivation Really the “Switch” you to Super Charge Your Productivity?

A classic moment in many (American) movies is the point where the protagonist reaches a breaking point and, as though a switch was flipped, they suddenly have an abundance of motivation. Roll vignettes of the hero suffering through training, study, practice to achieve the heights that had been previously unattainable. Outcome, victory. While fiction lends […]

The Power of a Pause

In the hyperbolically accelerating world we live in, it feels like taking time to pause for any length of time is something we cannot afford to do. With a pause we lag behind. With a pause we are not giving it our all. It comes with a measure of guilt. We need to act, now […]

Why you Should Continue Your #scicomm Efforts – Despite the Ridicule.

If you follow twitter #scicomm tag on twitter you will be exposed to a lot of angst about “should I or shouldn’t I.” Apparently scientific communication (let’s just call it scicomm for brevity) efforts are ridiculed by more “serious” peers and thought of as tangential or irrelevant to achieving success in science. I would consider […]

Whats wrong with the one day training workshop?

Medium’s The Higher Education Revolution just published my article on about this topic. I break down some of the short comings of intense training sessions and provide suggestions about how to improve the learning experience from the perspective of both students and teachers. Read the full post, just a five minute read, on Medium.