Using Mindfulness and VIA Strengths To Overcome Anxiety

April 15, 2012 by ·

A few years ago, I worked with a middle-aged man (I’ll call him “Jim”) who was legally blind and suffered from social anxiety disorder (social phobia). Jim also experienced panic attacks. He wanted to learn to manage his anxiety better and to not have to take his anti-anxiety pills.... Read More

Strong Organizations: Combining Mission with Passion

December 6, 2010 by ·

I was reminded the other day of a client I saw years ago when I was a practicing clinical psychologist. Joe was a 52-year-old partner in a successful law firm. He looked the part in his three-piece suits with French cuffs and gold cuff links. He had smartly coiffed... Read More

Classical Character: Gabriela Montero

April 16, 2010 by ·

Yesterday I was fortunate to meet renowned classical concert pianist and improvisational artist Gabriela Montero (http://www.gabrielamontero.com). The occasion was a Master class at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gabriela is a freakishly gifted and thoroughly delightful musician who began giving concerts at the age... Read More

Character of Jazz

March 22, 2010 by ·

  I love YouTube. Someone recently turned me on to a Keith Jarrett video.  For those who may not know, Jarrett is an amazingly gifted pianist who plays mostly in the jazz genre. He is a master technician and improviser. He is capable of firing off machine-gun-paced riffs as... Read More