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It’s something that a lot of people don’t like talking about (mainly because it embarrasses the grownups), but it’s true. Caring is an act of love. Let’s say that one more time: Caring is an act...

HR is nothing

  Hiring, firing, pay, benefits, ethics etc. All that dry, day to day stuff you don’t read about in the history books. Though we at gapingvoid contend that if HR is aligned in a deep and meaningful...

let’s measure something

Now that big data is suddenly the new savior of the world in business circles everywhere, a caveat: It can be a crutch, just like anything else. It can be an especially unhelpful crutch, when it starts...

work hard, play joyfully

  When I was a kid, the older dudes liked to tell me, “Work hard, play hard” as a piece of wisdom to live by. I guess there’s a type of person who isn’t happy...

a movement

  “Don’t sell more stuff, sell a movement” is a new marketing mantra that has gotten a lot more prevalent in the last few years. i.e. Align your brand with something higher, and then sell...

i can’t tell you what to do

  This is really about leadership. Leaders understand, often innately, what it takes to inspire action. ‘Inspired action‘ is a much different animal than ‘top down directed action’. Inspired people will walk through fire to...

until we know it does

  This is a riff on a constant theme of mine, “Nothing happens until somebody feels something.” In other words, it’s amazing that for something to actually matter to us, a switch inside our head...

hello, we’re going to change the world

I drew this as an office piece in mind… something to scream out to people as they walk through the door. I know there’s a lot of hyperbole going around,when it comes to businesses changing...

new beginnings

  My father once told me that, as a kid growing up the 1940s Scottish Highlands, they didn’t really celebrate Christmas. New Year’s was the big holiday for them. Children got stockings on Christmas morning,...

never give up

  St Paul famously wrote, “Without Love, I am nothing.” That is hard to argue with. Anyone who has children knows exactly what Paul was talking about. Only… I wonder why, while he was at...

mission statement

  When you wake up in the morning and think about what you’re going to fight like hell for, it’s probably not going to sound like a typical corporate mission statement. We’re humans. We need...

humanity is our ultimate competitive advantage

  Nobody fondly remembers their hospital or medical practice because of all the shiny new equipment. Some doctors and nurses are remembered simply because they really CARED. Because they had EMPATHY. Because they gave more...

the light within

  The Three Kings followed the Star of Bethlehem. Of course, it’s just a tale. The real star is the light within us. That is the star we must follow, not some miracle stellar body...

fear not

  What is it about the Angel Gabriel’s visit to the Virgin Mary that sticks with us, enough that Christians are still telling the story to their children, two Millennia later? I’m not sure what...

beauty is everywhere

  Anne Frank wrote in Diary of a Young Girl “Where there is hope, there is life.” It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again. Where there is life, there is beauty....