Wandering Into Wisdom

This blog chronicles the knowledge, insight and wisdom I encounter every day as a leadership consultant, executive coach, educator, father, friend and citizen. This site is dedicated to my father, Louis (Jack) Laughlin, who passed on to me an appreciation for wisdom. A special thanks to my friend Isaac Cheifetz, a businessman and journalist, who helped me understand the value of blogs and encouraged me to write one.


Don't Even Think About Changing Him/Her


"Ubuntu is a concept that we have in our Bantu languages at home. Ubuntu is the essence of being a person. It means that we are people through other people. We cannot be fully human alone. We are made for interdependence, we are made for family. When you have ubuntu, you embrace others. You are generous, compassionate."
Desmond Tutu

Does It Need To Be Said*

These guidelines for feedback are used in support groups that encourage participants to share openly, listen carefully and comment sparingly.

1) Does it need to be said?
2) Does it need to be said now?
3) Does it need to be said by me?

The Secret*

Spiritual leaders and philosophers throughout history mention three things with some regularity as ingredients to a fulfilling life.

Faith in something greater than ourselves
Gratitude for what we have
Service to others


The current economic recession has impacted a significant number of people, some groups more than others. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the June unemployment rate for men (10.6%) is significantly higher than for women (8.3%).