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.


Any level of progress brings an equivalent level of risk, which necessitates a corresponding level of faith.  In the end, we need to decide how much faith we can maintain, not how much risk we can tolerate.


“Shame is really easily understood as the fear of disconnection. Is there something about me that if other people know it or see it that I won’t be worthy of connection."


I had a boss who was fond of saying, "I want you to hurry, but not rush."

Organizational Improvement

Changing organizational culture is very difficult.  One technique for improving an organization without wholesale changes to the culture is to look for those areas that operate well within the current culture, study them and replicate them. 

Those Who Can’t

There’s an old adage that those who can’t do, teach. This insult to teachers might actually contain a pearl of wisdom. People gifted in an endeavor may never develop the learning skills and strategies necessary to teach as well as someone who had to struggle.