“Don’t believe everything you think.”

The Dalai Lama makes a good point. Chances are there’s a lot rumbling around in that noggin of yours that isn’t doing you any favors.

But more importantly, His Holiness’ phrase is the perfect response to Peter Diamandis’ 2020 book, The Future is Faster Than…


Money vs people might be the single biggest debate I’ve come across in my work.

I’ll confess that I don’t get it. Money has little to do with numbers and everything to do with energy. Those who move money are more like lightening rods than accountants. And humans run on…


Photo: Me at work in Tokyo

The future of work is many things. One of them is more inclusive. This is not a philosophical plea, but an observation — with nearly 8 billion people on the planet and an extremely interconnected world, we will have more variety at the (virtual) office than ever before.

WIth every…


“I have imposter syndrome” is not only a common phrase but a sort of popular one, too. Why don’t I care for it? In short, it blames you for feeling terrible in response to unhealthy cultural norms, such as workaholism, perfectionism, and achievement dysmorphia.

What if there wasn’t anything wrong…


Admittedly, I can be a bit impatient with standardized approaches to strategy. Simply put, quarterly measurements are pretty meaningless in light of an organization’s wingspan. I lovingly push my colleagues about longevity, not because I aim to be a pain, but because I want you to be successful.

Where I…


(Welcome to part 2 of a series inspired by Sharna Fabiano’s Lead & Follow.)

For over 35 years my mom drove 30 minutes from our home to her work undergoing an internal transformation. Even though her role was a traditionally female one — an elementary school teacher — she felt…


“Follower” is a taboo word.

And it’s one that I hadn’t thought much about until a beautiful book made it into my insatiably curious hands.

Lead & Follow by Sharna Fabiano isn’t your typical leadership guide. Yes, it’s crafted with love by a tango dancer and draws from her expertise…


Admittedly, that title might sound like clickbait. But we’re not pretending there’s perfection, we’re exploring how businesses achieve facile innovation. An organization’s quality comes from its ability to embrace change, messiness, and uncertainty — innovation isn’t just for products and services, but for human experience as well.

Trends like “flat”…


Earlier this year I wrote a piece on perfectionism about how it’s related to public health and white supremacy.

Earlier this week, my colleague Deborah Hagar shared another, complementary take on perfectionism. Brilliantly, she notices how being perfect ”ignores the changing requirements” that inevitably weave throughout an ever-changing world.

“Perfect”…


There’s a lovely 2020 book called The 4 stages to Psychological Safety that builds off of the original 2018 book The Fearless Organization. If you’re a proud nerd like me, consider reading both.

A simple google search will deliver 1,001 infographics and a nice summary of core concepts. But beyond…

Dr. Sara Murdock

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store