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November 13 , 2011 / Posted by Gary Gruber / Uncategorized / No Comments

World Kindness Day – Suggestions

Smile Deck Ideas- Clubs/Hearts/Spades/Diamonds ♣ Clubs: For People You Know 2 Leave a snack for an unsuspecting co-worker or friend. 3 Give a friend your favorite inspirational book with a personal note attached. 4 Connect two friends who had not previously met each other. 5 Share an inspirational story from today’s news. 6 Make a

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November 9 , 2011 / Posted by Gary Gruber / Uncategorized / No Comments

The Proverbial Seven P’s

Prior Proper Planning Prevents Pee Poor Performance or perhaps it should read Prior Proper Planning Produces Positive Productive Performance! I do not know who deserves credit for the seven P’s but they really capture so much of why a good plan results in positive performance and a poor plan prevents productive performance.  Enough alliteration, we

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November 7 , 2011 / Posted by Gary Gruber / Uncategorized / No Comments

The IONS of Leadership

I like the definition of ion as an electrically charged particle, thinking of a person who is “charged” with the opportunities and responsibilities of leadership. Or, consider the leader who can display a controlled field of energy that is contagious. And, I like the origin of the word ion in Greek, where it means literally,

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

Critical Components for Effective Leadership

With credit  to The Harvard Business Review (January 2009) “Women and the Vision Thing”:  Critical Components of Leadership that comprise the Global Executive Leadership Inventory, here are 12 descriptions of leadership characteristics and behaviors that may well determine a high level of success for a those in positions of leadership.  I have extrapolated these to

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

Minnesota, South Dakota, Colorado

After hearing winter storm warnings for Denver, we pointed Li’l Sugar toward Abiquiu.  Last night we made it to Luverne, Minnesota and a wonderful state park campground complete with a bison herd, including a very large bull, gorgeous as he looked straight at us, unconcerned but curious.  Even more curious were the gray deer that

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November 1 , 2011 / Posted by Gary Gruber / Uncategorized / No Comments

Snow, so north, through Canada!

Yes, snow in Stowe, VT, and even more in Mass and CT so we opted for a northern route to warmer, drier weather, through Montreal and west through Quebec and Ontario.  An amazing lunch yesterday art Sucrerie de la Montagne in Rigaud, Quebec, a restored sugar shack converted into a very French, country restaurant.  On

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

Stowe and Mt. Mansfield

Hunkered down near the base of the mountain, waiting to see if the predicted storm will dump any snow on Stowe.  Drove up to Smugglers Notch, took a short hike down a trail to a huge rock strewn, roaring mountain stream, recollected all the recent damage wrought by hurricane Irene.  Witnessed a lot of that

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October 28 , 2011 / Posted by Gary Gruber / Uncategorized / No Comments

Liberty and OWC

Having the statue of liberty in view spawns a few thoughts and feelings of patriotism so we considered a visit to Ground Zero appropriate and timely although there’s mostly construction going on around the memorial.  New glass skyscrapers are attempting to replace the WTC.  Not especially comfortable with the images but there you have it. 

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October 27 , 2011 / Posted by Gary Gruber / Uncategorized / No Comments

New York City

It’s very early Thursday morning and we’re parked across from the Statue of Liberty in Jersey City.  I know it sounds a little weird but there is an RV campground here just before the entrance to the Holland Tunnel. Liberty RV Park and Marina with ferry and train service into Manhattan.  Leaving Memphis Tuesday morning,

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