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Post-Election Reflections, Strategies, and Priorities

By Mala Nagarajan

Nearing four weeks after the 2016 election, and many of us are still angered, shocked, and disappointed. Some of us are still dealing with our reaction and emotions – immobilized like a deer in headlights, depressed like … Read More

What Just Happened?

By Vega Subramaniam

Well. Here we are.

As a youth, I was clear that I was a citizen of the world. Political boundaries were irrelevant. I held that clarity while also acknowledging that I was an American and that this … Read More

02 Jun '16

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Changing a Habit is Hard! And How to Do It Anyway

By Vega Subramaniam

I just read Gretchen Rubin’s “4 Strategies to Change Your Habits that Actually Work” on Fast Company. And yes, the suggestions she offers would support your habit change — using a clean slate as an opportunity to break … Read More

How to Overcome Your Decision-Making Hurdles: Part Three (The Finale)

By Vega Subramaniam

In Part One of ‘How to Overcome Your Decision-Making Hurdles,’ we reflected on the stories we each have about our own decision-making glitches. We observed that for some of us, even thinking about good decision-making is … Read More

How to Overcome Your Decision-Making Hurdles: Part Two

By Vega Subramaniam

In ‘How to Overcome Your Decision-Making Hurdles: Part One’, we reflected on the stories we each have about our own decision-making glitches. We observed that for some of us, even thinking about good decision-making is “this-is-making-me-feel-terrible-about-myself” … Read More

How to Overcome Your Decision-Making Hurdles: Part One

By Vega Subramaniam

Decision making is hard

Mala and I had the pleasure of spending a couple hours recently with some Intentional Life Planning participants during our follow-up session on decision-making.

We came to talk about what helps us make good … Read More

08 Sep '15

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The Autumn That Could Be

By Vega Subramaniam

Last week’s New York Times article The Summer That Never Was got me to wondering how common author Tim Kreider’s experience is: his sense of foreboding and gloom, lost opportunities and lost time as autumn approaches. … Read More

How to hire a contractor for your organization’s everyday work

By Mala Nagarajan

As a nonprofit leader in need of staff, you may be tempted to hire a contractor (aka consultant) to fill a vacancy. Maybe you think it’ll be easier to get rid of the person if it doesn’t … Read More

Autumnal Equinox: A Time for Rejuvenation

By Vega Subramaniam

The onset of autumn always fills me with a sense of anticipation. I have a visceral response to the changes in the air that come with the start of the academic year. I was one of the … Read More

A True North: Building A Map to The Life You Want to Live

By Mala Nagarajan

When Vega or I tell people that we’ve held our own personal strategic planning retreat every year for the past 12 years, we’re apt to get curious, astonished looks. And as often as not, we’re asked what … Read More