Archive | onlyness

What Color Is My Weird? (How to Find Your Onlyness, Part I)

The first in a three-part conversation from a Yes & Know reader. “Personally, I have no idea what my Onlyness is.” A new commenter appeared on my blog, sounding equal parts friendly, and plaintive. “Do you want to?” I wrote back. And that’s how Geoff Clements, whom I later learned had been reading Yes &  More

Where do great ideas come from?

Are you the One with all the ideas? Some people think they need to be. That they’re job is to be the “Chief of Answers”. But it’s not true! Well, it is, and it’s not. This question deserves more than a yes/no, this/that response. (Which is it’s why we’ve explored it so many times at  More

You Will Show Me Myself Anew (Part 3 of 3)

Part III of III of series on how networks can enable onlyness, featuring Fortune’s MPW community (links for full series, below) “Here’s the thing. And it’s a real thing.” Manal Elattir is talking in a dramatic rapid-fire whisper over Skype, trying not to wake her 9-month-old twins. It’s nearly midnight in Morocco, and she is  More

Let Me Change What You See In the Mirror (Part 2 of 3)

 Gaelle Rimpel Pierre wants to change Haiti’s future by helping the very poor transform their lives through entrepreneurship. But to do that, she (and her husband) had to take a long look in mirror, and embrace Onlyness. This is part II of a III part series on how networks can enable onlyness, featuring Fortune’s MPW  More

A Different Tipping Point (1 of 3)

Investing in women is not a new idea. Neither is the now threadbare advice for the aspirational crowd: Girl, if you want to get ahead, get yourself a mentor. But true mentorship success stories are woefully rare in business. And formal mentorship programs for women, though certainly appealing on paper, have yet to bring the  More

Onlyness (The Topic and the Talk at TEDxHouston)

The first step to unlocking talent in the #SocialEra is celebrating something I’ve termed onlyness. Onlyness is that thing that only that one individual can bring to a situation. It includes the journey and passions of each human. Onlyness is fundamentally about honoring each person: first as we view ourselves and second as we are  More