Little Richard: An Appreciation

Little Richard: An Appreciation

When Little Richard passed away over the weekend from bone cancer at 87, the world not only lost a founding father of the music we call “rock & roll” but one of its most exuberant practitioners. With his outsized persona, colorful look (complete with famous pompadour, makeup, and glass-bead shirts) and fearless stage performances, he […]

Turning Poison into Medicine

Turning Poison into Medicine

Like many of you, the unprecedented health emergency that has turned our lives upside-down has led me to feel distracted, disconnected, and disoriented. Like drummers reading from separate musical scores, I feel out of rhythm, out of sync. Normal, familiar routines and patterns have been replaced by uncertainty and anxiety. Simply going to the grocery […]

Becoming An Influential Leader

Becoming An Influential Leader

“You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.” – Bob Nelson, Author If you saw the 2014 movie “Whiplash,” you’ll surely remember Terence Fletcher (played by J.K. Simmons), the tyrannical jazz band leader fond of profanity and humiliating his young musicians.  The film […]