As author of the business bestseller, We Are All Self-Employed (Berrett-Koehler 1994, 2nd ed. 2003), I showed people how to take control of their careers under any market conditions and at any stage of life.
As the founder of an artisan business Inspired Stones, I have designed memorials using natural stone and reclaimed wood to tell a loved one’s story.
More recently I started drawing shoes in pen and ink. These soulful images inspired me to create Walk in My Shoes: The Path to Empathy and Compassion.
My new book has opened many doors. For example, I have recently joined the start-up Leap Chat as advisor, facilitator, and innovator. Leap Chat hosts meaningful conversations in small groups, powered by your passions.
As health and safety concerns in our culture allow, I engage audiences, on site, with Walk in My Shoes conversations and presentations focused on kindness to the self and to the other.
What is my philosophy?
I believe in following my passion — and encourage others to do the same. Since childhood, I’ve been curious. Why are some people so sad? Why do others scowl? Why is it that too many go hungry or struggle to find their place in the world?
All my life, I’ve asked questions, and encouraged folks to share their stories. I learned that I could make a living by asking, listening, and applying these skills in different ways.
Why tell stories?
Whether I’m counseling others, designing a memorial bench, writing an article or a book, or illustrating someone’s favorite shoe, I approach the task the same. I begin by listening and looking for a heartfelt story. When people tell their stories, they share their deepest dreams and highest values. These stories become the building blocks for relationship. They turn out to be the backbone of our character, our community and our culture.
How did I start drawing shoes?
I began taking collage and drawing lessons at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. As I experimented with shoes, they seemed to hold so much of a person's soul — their style spoke about who was wearing them.
When I told my art teacher Maureen Albano, “I’m going to write a book called Walk in My Shoes,” she said, “Great idea. The world certainly needs more empathy and compassion.”
My wish is to inspire you to be more open toward and more considerate of others. I hope this book will encourage you to be a little kinder, personally, and if you are a leader, to make this world a better place.
Order your copy here. Start your own discussion group and share your own “soulful/soleful” stories with a friend or colleague. Together let us walk the path of hope and joy.