Project and people management20140919181655

Project and people management

This summer has been one long learning opportunity for the Emerging Leaders and me. With everyone’s schedules shifting over the summer, it’s been challenging getting regular meetings together, so it’s taken an extra toll on me to keep everyone abreast. The ridiculousness of the sit...
Learning to manage, to let go, to lead20140902165751

Learning to manage, to let go, to lead

Part of the reason it’s been so silent here is because this summer has been one long learning experience for me. If 2013 was the year I was reborn, the year when so many positive things and so many wonderful people flowed into my life, 2014 is the year that is testing me to see […]...
Behind the scenes20140604102938

Behind the scenes

I know it’s looked a bit drafty in here lately, but there are a lot of good things going on at Minds On Fire behind the scenes. 1. My Emerging Leaders are beginning to come into their own this summer. I’m consciously making the effort to hand over the reins to them slowly but surely. Th...
Happy birthday, #emergingleader Jermaine!20140429094736

Happy birthday, #emergingleader Jermaine!

(Jermaine will be very pleased to see that I’m not reposting the same old photo I kept using of him from last year’s YAB retreat.) Jermaine and I first met in September 2012, when New Yorkers For Children engaged me to work with their Youth Advisory Board. This past September he and I be...
Emerging Leader Jermaine finds his voice20131219180015

Emerging Leader Jermaine finds his voice

I met Jermaine in the fall of 2012, when I started doing my leadership and team building trainings with the NYFC Youth Advisory Board. He had always been the strong, silent type in a generally rambunctious group of young people. He spoke on rare occasions, never once raising his voice. This school y...
They call themselves the Emerging Leaders20131104102432

They call themselves the Emerging Leaders

[For Harry, who also believes] In the past year I’ve had the good fortune of meeting a lot of inspiring young people who have been in foster care and have creative ideas for businesses and programs that would improve the lives of our most vulnerable children and families. Three such individual...
Preserving the idealism of youth—and a new project20131028122140

Preserving the idealism of youth—and a new project

Been thinking again about that point in life when youthful idealism clashes with the harsh realities of the world. I’ve already written about Egan’s Invisible Circus and Woolf’s Jacob’s Room, but the most famous literary example of the disappointment of youth in the apa...
YAB Project Management Boot Camp20131024150412

YAB Project Management Boot Camp

   Credit: Lindsay Adamski If you want an inside look on how I develop my material and roll out new workshops, here is a case study. Last Sunday several members of NYFC YAB, accompanied by Lindsay Adamski (a.k.a., ladamski), joined me at AlleyNYC for a four-hour project management bootcamp. (Yes...
The best part of work20130927104438

The best part of work

[For Dale—again—whom I miss something fierce] So today is a bit unusual (though I wish more days were like this) because I’m spending a good portion of it with a bunch of young adults. I have five people coming in (and one person Skyping in over his lunch break) all at the same time. This ...
This was intense for everyone in the room20130829063448

This was intense for everyone in the room

Credit: Lindsay Adamski The second retreat workshop, “Bank Robbery,” came wholesale from MacGregor’s book. It’s an activity designed to lay bare the communication styles of a group by requiring it to solve a crime. Everyone got two or three unique clues, which they had to sha...
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