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October 3 , 2011 / Posted by Gary Gruber / Uncategorized / No Comments

Fussing About “Thought Leaders”

So I read something earlier this morning about thought leaders, tweeted it and there it rested for moment until I said, ok, I’ll write a blog.  Ever notice how so many people now start out by saying, “So….?”  It must be the transition from the experience of being constantly connected and streaming consciousness and what’s

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October 2 , 2011 / Posted by Gary Gruber / Uncategorized / No Comments

LEADING IS…

I have been using the following idea recently at the end of my email messages: “Leading is building collaborative energy, listening, asking questions, discerning, and helping groups move forward with a purposeful, shared vision.”  There are six main points in that statement about leading, perhaps too many to digest in one quick reading.  However, here

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September 29 , 2011 / Posted by Gary Gruber / Uncategorized / No Comments

Social Media Mom Outs Sons

How about the Tennessee mom who posted a scolding on Facebook aimed at her two sloppy sons and in so doing revealed that their residence did not qualify them to play on the high school football team where they had transferred recently?   Regardless what you might think about some of the silly state athletic association

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September 23 , 2011 / Posted by Gary Gruber / Uncategorized / No Comments

“Top Ten Afflictions Among Educators”

10. MABS – Myopic, Apathetic Blame Syndrome.  A dis-ease characterized by lack of vision, indifference and the attempt to shift responsibility to other people as in “that’s not my job.”9.  PEST – Plasmapheric Educational System Transference. A condition recognized in those who drain the organism and then because of inactivity offer bureaucracy as a reason

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September 19 , 2011 / Posted by Gary Gruber / Uncategorized / No Comments

Conscious and Intentional

Years ago I developed a little scheme for helping people to deal with what I called, reactive emotions that usually got them nowhere, except mired in their own misery and instead offered them another option.  Imagine someone making a snide remark or remember the last time someone said something to you that prompted an immediate,

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September 3 , 2011 / Posted by Gary Gruber / Uncategorized / No Comments

The Psyche of the Leader

Psyche was the youngest of the three daughters of some king, her beauty prompted the jealousy and envy of Venus (Aphrodite). In order to avenge herself, the goddess ordered Amor (Eros) to inspire Psyche with a love for the most contemptible of all men, but Amor was so stricken with her beauty that he fell

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August 21 , 2011 / Posted by Gary Gruber / Uncategorized / No Comments

Executive Decisions

Making an executive decision requires a bit more than using that part of the brain called “executive functioning” which can be defined as “a set of cognitive abilities that control and regulate other abilities and behaviors. Executive functions are necessary for goal-directed behavior. They include the ability to initiate and stop actions, to monitor and

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