The Newsbrief from Mary Trigiani

By Mary Trigiani

The Newsbrief features items Mary clips from the news.

The Newsbrief features items Mary clips from the news.

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On what constitutes a win.

Outside of a game -- be it chess, or sports, or poker -- presuming victory is a risky proposition. Thumping one's chest is even worse. It is annoying to others and it usually backfires anyway. When winning and losing seem to be the only outcomes, we confine o…


Borrowing genius.

Richard Rohr: All the truly great persons I have ever met are characterized by what I would call radical humility and gratitude. They are deeply convinced that they are drawing from another source; they are instruments. Their genius is not their own; it is bo…


The walls of Jericho.

It should not have happened that night. Yet Frank Capra's It Happened One Night swept one of the earliest Academy Award competitions and was the first of only three films in American history to do so. Significant on its own, the win opens up a conversation ab…



Survival. Some of us may think we need to hunker down into whatever is ahead -- if we listen to the predictions of the pundits. Why not take it in the other direction, empower ourselves and participate in destiny? We can begin with chopping our own jeans.



In times of turmoil, thinkers and writers have contemplated the sea. For centuries. Some keep it metaphorical while others go to their experience, or that of others, to glean important lessons about everything from bitterness, to hope, to growth, to innovatio…



One of my favorite hiring stories is the one about Angela Lansbury winning the part of "Mame" in the Broadway musical of the same name. Here she was, a heralded actor who had demonstrated she could do just about anything. And mid-career, she agreed to auditio…


Doing everything for passion and with passion.

As we continue to digest the massive shifts in our world, a search for constancy and classic truths is warranted. People in every era of civilization have had to determine when to change and what to retain. Today's stories remind us that the people who take t…


The fork in the road.

Growing up with lovely fairy tales, it's easy to daydream about rescue by a super hero, a benevolent government, a wise monarch or even a cataclysmic event. There is a reason we call them fairy tales. One aspect of myth worth exploring, however, is the fork i…



Incanto. What enchants us today, in this moment? Thought, belief, practice or personage, it helps to lock onto something bright, every day, to propel us to leave things better than we found them. From pool halls to palaces, we can find points of inspiration t…


Alive with contradiction.

There is an upside to consternation. It is a sign of life. Where there is consternation, there is attention, and in the executive suite, at work or at home, it provides an opening. As long as conversations lead to resolution and do not morph into explosive, u…


Seen and heard.

The Lombard Effect is named not after the Italian region but for Étienne Lombard, the French scientist who noted how beings of all kinds adjust their communication, both volume and content, to the ambient noise in their environs.Birds in San Francisco began t…


When quiet is a signal.

In actuarial circles, practitioners often emphasize the importance of knowing the difference between signal (facts, data, action) and noise (chatter, distractions, lethargy). As the story from FORTUNE illustrates, quiet on all sides of the employee-employer r…


Change agents.

During the days of Spada Inc, my consulting practice, one of my clients was the Baskin School of Engineering, at the University of California-Santa Cruz. As part of the assignment, I spent one day a week at Moffett Field, in Mountain View. Today's story about…



Lately I've been collecting theme music from the golden age of American television -- the era when it was a young medium that opened the door to all forms of creators. Writers, film technicians, producers, actors, designers and composers poured into televisio…


Strategy, trust and zombies.

Sometimes we are working so hard just to get through the day, we lose sight of the factors, positive and negative, that could inspire us. A story about the renaissance of London's Thames River illustrates how solutions to problems can meet a multitude of need…


Examining integrity.

We often think of friends and colleagues, even institutions, as having integrity. What would happen if we began to see integrity as a state of being, not as a goal or a feature or a descriptor? Today's newsbrief features stories that might never even use the …


The best years of our lives.

It is one of Hollywood's finest. Worth seeing over and over again, the William Wyler film, like the others he made, gives us another insight every time we watch it. There will be more powerful stories, told with and by new faces from every walk of human exper…


Renaissance people.

Susan Wilner Golden has written a book, Stage (Not Age): How to Understand and Serve People Over 60—the Fastest Growing, Most Dynamic Market in the World. No surprise, her phrase "renaissance people" resonates. While Ms. Golden is concentrating on folks past …



Epic fail or verifiable success. Tragedy or comedy. Disaster or discovery. Travesty or triumph.The story told in every business endeavor can begin -- and end -- with its executive team. To earn the descriptor of leader, the manager must cross more than a few …


Discovering oneself.

One of the best reasons to work is to learn. Work offers a rich platform for discovering ourselves and helping others to do the same.