Communication

I spent the entire last week in Cuba. Stories to tell.

I enjoyed many things – but none more, perhaps, than the spirit of the Cuban people I encountered.

The docent at the Ambos Mundos Hotel in Havana Vieja whose comments illumined the artifacts in Hemingway’s room at the hotel.

The old female singer at the Hotel Nacional who performed with members of The Buena Vista Social Club, her passion palpable and yet instantly ironic as she wiggled and writhed in her slinky black dress.

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Some people see. Other people see more.

Eric sees more.

Eric is Eric Garcetti, the 6-months-in-office mayor of Los Angeles. At the age of 43, he is one of the youngest mayors of a major global city.

I comfortably make my Eric-sees-more claim – because, well, we have evidence of what Eric sees. Eric is an obsessed, or shall I say obsessive, photographer. He snaps daily pics with his Samsung Galaxy S4 phone and feeds them, via Instagram, to the world.

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I spent four days in Chicago last week, hosting a leadership program.

I enjoyed my group immensely. The energy was good.

That’s my language of choice, of course. I’m a personal-energy-guy. I love “good energy.”

As we said our good-byes, however, quite a few of the folks in our group also commented that “the energy was good.” That moved me. It wasn’t just me. The energy WAS good. And it was felt.

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At a recent National Sales Meeting for a global pharma company in San Antonio/Texas, two Sales Directors rehearsed their main-stage moment.

They projected a video clip of Jimmy Fallon, newly minted host of The Tonight Show, reading a few of his bitingly funny Thank-You notes.

They proceeded to enact their equally boisterous pharma-specific twist on these notes.

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