It’s Time to Talk About Your Feelings in the Conference Room

It May Sound Silly, But You’ll Have Better Meetings If You Ask Your Colleagues How They’re Doing Before You Get Started

How should you start a meeting?

Some say it’s not how you start but how you finish. As someone who has built a career helping leaders run meetings that are enjoyable and a valuable use of time (sounds improbable, doesn’t it!), I believe how you start a meeting is critical—whether with colleagues, clients, volunteers, your local government, or even your family.

And I always start meetings the same way. With “check-ins.”

At the beginning of every meeting, I invite each person to briefly answer the same question or set of questions.

My check-in …

Chill Out! Your College Choice Won’t Affect Your Job Prospects

You’ll Get Hired Based on What You Know How to Do, Not Where You Went to School

This month, high school seniors across California are receiving college decision letters of acceptance and rejection. Many of these students, and their parents, will think that where they go to …

That Cellist on the Promenade Is Living Off Your Tips

He’s Also Playing the Same Songs Over and Over, Spending Hours Waiting for a Good Spot, and Dealing With the Occasional Hostile Clown

We made the decision in December of 2005.

The two of us had just returned to Los Angeles from a 10-week nationwide tour in support of the debut album that we …

Hit by Lightning at the Louvre

How a Military School Dropout-Turned-Actor-Turned-Janitor Ended Up Running the World’s Richest Arts Institution

Because I’m the head of a large arts organization, people often assume that I grew up with the arts. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. I came …

Stop It, Mayor de Blasio. You’re Scaring the Horses.

People Who Want To Ban New York’s Old-Fashioned Carriages Forget That Some Animals Work For a Living. And There’s Nothing Wrong With That.

I share at least one thing with the people who want to get rid of carriage horses in New York City: I love animals. (Except rats, and I still wouldn’t …

When Life (and Death) and Work Collide

Remembering, and Missing, Our Colleague Charita Law

Zócalo is not an easy place to work. It’s a place where a small group of people is asked to do difficult things on a daily basis, and where those …