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October 27, 2020

Our understanding of the world exists through beliefs. Beliefs are the mind’s way of simplifying and interpreting that which is either too complex to understand, or for which we lack sufficient evidence to know the truth. Because this covers everything, ALL of what we...

October 1, 2020

One of my earliest readings on diversity came from a Nature Conservancy article titled The Case for Diversity, which was published in their magazine several decades ago. Since then I have found that what makes diversity valuable to an ecosystem applies equally to teams...

August 3, 2020

Working as an independent contractor has underscored important lessons I have learned about trust. For years I worked as a freelance boat captain, teaching classes, captaining charters, and doing new-owner training through yacht brokers.  Keeping commitments, showing u...

July 1, 2020

In leadership, there may be no ability more valuable than empathy. Removing ourselves from our own point of view and seeing things from another’s perspective is a key attribute of effective leaders.

What Empathy Is and Is Not
Empathy is often confused with sympathy, but...

June 13, 2020

Standing up for our values is an important personal and corporate responsibility.  The Sailing Science Center joins those who are peacefully protesting the unjust deaths of George Floyd and other African Americans at the hands of those in authority. We believe that Bla...

June 1, 2020

The crew of the Santa Cruz 50, Deception, preparing for a spinnaker hoist. Many elements have to be coordinated to raise the sail successfully. Photo courtesy of Renegade Sailing.

Elaborate, long-range planning, is one of the abilities that distinguishes people from oth...

May 1, 2020

It can be a challenge for businesses and nonprofits to maintain engagement with their employees and volunteers in the best of times, but today the stakes have been raised. In this time of sheltering in place and social distancing, organizations are going to new lengths...

March 2, 2020

In my December 16 blog post I described the tripod upon which the Sailing Science Center stands. The legs of the tripod are technology, leadership and stewardship. These are fundamental values we are promoting to create lasting change in the world. Why these three? Let...

February 3, 2020

The word responsibility  can mean different things to different people. For some, taking responsibility is akin to taking the blame, a decidedly negative interpretation of the word. For others, taking responsibility is the ultimate form of empowerment. How can thi...

December 17, 2019

The following is adapted from the Founder's Comments at the Sailing Science Center's 2019 Gala, December 12, 2019, on the Ohana Floor at the top of Salesforce Tower.

The theme of tonight’s gala is Charting a Course to Success. I want to take that in the broadest sense a...

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