Author Archive | Nilofer Merchant

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The Only Norm is Onlyness

“There are people in this world who have the full rights of citizenship, in our communities, our countries and around the world. And then there are those of us who, to varying degrees, do not. We don’t have equal access to education, to healthcare and some other basic liberties like marriage, a fair voting process,  More

Lifeforce

Life Force

” There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world  More

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Turning Your Question Into Your Quest (Part I of Finding Your Allies)

Once you’ve “claimed your weird” as we’ve just discussed in our last series on How to Find Your Onlyness, it’s possible to feel all alone. The story of Ruth Ackerman shows how she went searching for her “tribe” from an unusual source: Benjamin Franklin” and found a way to be deeply connected. *** It began,  More

Warriors Who Dare

What Is It You Are Curious About?

Last night, I participated in an event at “the Family“, a startup incubator based in Paris, which is aiming to form an “unfair advantage” for startups in France. A “revolution” of sorts, by bottoms up actions. One question I was asked was what I’ve learned in my 20+ year career of working with some of  More

Mindful Work by David Gelles

Mindful Work

A reporter I’ve admired for a while is David Gelles. Then someone was kind enough to introduce us, and I learned of his practice of mindfulness. He’s got a new book coming out on Mindful work, and I wanted to get his take on how this practice can help us navigate the social era, powerfully.  More