"A human tornado of enthusiasm, optimism, and the unbridled impulse to do good." ---Bruce Musgrave
Intro written by Bruce Musgrave, BA and MAT Cornell University, Lindsay’s 10th-grade Critical Reading and Writing teacher, 11th-grade independent study mentor (on Simple and Direct by Jacques Barzun). Remember the teacher in Dead Poets Society played by Robin Williams? Bruce is of that caliber.
Before retiring in Asheville, NC, Bruce served as the Assistant Head of School for Academics at Palmer Trinity School in Miami, FL. His 46 years in administration, teaching, and coaching resulted in 46 cohorts of graduates who admire him, and many of them, including Lindsay, hire him for editing refinements. When not tending his beautiful Asheville property with his wife of 47 years, Bruce provides custom copy editing services.
Storm chasers everywhere would do well to follow, study, and learn from the whirlwind of activity generated daily by that human tornado of enthusiasm, optimism, and the unbridled impulse to do good—Lindsay Fass Graham. Let the buyer beware: getting too close to this funnel cloud may result in the onlooker’s being swept upward in the vortex of energy, usefulness, and benevolence.
The utter embodiment of empowering leadership, Lindsay does not delegate so much as perpetually collaborate. Under her leadership, subordinates occupy inordinately critical positions; assistants are endlessly assisted by their nominal supervisor; they are liberated to become the best versions of their professional selves they can become, to provide better care to their clients; workers find their ostensible boss to be more their facilitator in performing their duties.
As entrepreneur, Lindsay shreds and sheds ineffective routine, and she never found an algorithm she couldn’t improve—and improve again—until it runs more smoothly, serves its users more helpfully, to satisfy the needs of their clients more faithfully. Every search engine can yield more optimal results—both for the searcher and the server sought. She regards every enterprise as a signature of the entrepreneur, and she believes the calligraphy can become more elegant, streamlined, and satisfying to behold.
As a promoter, Lindsay advances only superficially events or causes. At her core, she always promotes instead people—championing their strengths in ways that others can appreciate, showcasing what they have to offer, opening enriching prospects for their clients and themselves, connecting them to others for their mutual benefit, and conducing to their growth and welfare in myriad ways—both large and small, conspicuous and behind the scenes, conscious and intuitive.
As an artist (whether as photographer or fellow traveler on the road of life), she favors forever “seeing the world with a fresh eye,” distinguishing elusive beauty, and taking solace in knowing that anything can look better through the right lens. She knows well that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” that “nature always wears the colors of the spirit,” and that one is “whatever one thinks about all day long.” Accordingly, with Rumi, she chooses to “live life as if everything is rigged in [her] favor.”
As a human being, she wears no smiley face, pasted on. Her deep smile comes from the seat of her being. “Happy-perky” types feign glee and energy, seeking to manufacture “infectious enthusiasm”—as though it were an ailment; Lindsay seeks rather to cure us all for good by generating authentic joy, delight, faithful service, and caring in a world sorely indisposed to do so. Simply, directly, she helps her clients better see the very things they may have seen so much that they ceased to be seen at all. She is AboutThem’s founder.