February 18 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

50 YEARS 10 LESSONS

Imagine the following conversation: You:   You worked 50 years and only learned 10 lessons? Me:     Well, actually, I’m still working and I’m still learning. You:   What do you mean, you’re still working? Me:     What I said, I’m still working. I’m teaching, consulting, counseling, writing, speaking, doing whatever I want to do. You:   Wait a minute,

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February 15 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

TEACHING AGAIN LEARNING

I am excited to start teaching on Monday after a hiatus of a few years in the formal context although informally, I have continued “teaching” and “learning” in a variety of settings. In a recent interview where the lead question was “What Is Your Purpose In Life” the second question was “How Am I Living

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February 5 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

JUST SAY NO…to Retirement

Many people say to write about what you know and I will give that a shot here with the following thoughts and experiences and keep them brief and to the point. That’s a self-reminder not to get carried away and off on some other tangent that comes to mind while writing. It happens. You know,

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January 31 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

7 EXEMPLARY BEHAVIORS

Whether at work, at home or out in public, here are 7 behaviors for your consideration, reflection and review. These behaviors are generally well-known and obvious to those who practice them regularly. However, there are many for whom these might well enhance their performance and productivity. 1 – Exceed expectations – Go beyond the ordinary

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January 24 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 4 Comments

Fifty-Five Words: Count ’em

A few years ago I started a writing exercise. Short vignettes in 55 words With a photo for each one. I saved and filed them, Added a few more along the way. Now I’m in the design and layout stage. Publication is slated for June. The proposed title “Pearls From An Irritated Mind” Makes me

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January 19 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

SILK TIES & COFFEE STAINS

No, it’s not about coffee stains on your favorite tie. It’s about two separate stories told by one of my favorite management gurus, Tom Peters. He and I exchange quips via Twitter from time to time and a recent one reminded me of these stories of customer service and how they apply to organizations, certainly

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January 18 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

WHY COACHING

March 17, 2017 My background includes training in a type of psychotherapy that resulted in a practice of educating, counseling, mentoring and consulting over some 43 years. Thus my work was based on client-centered change that I began in the early seventies, much of it based on Rogers, Maslow and Perls. One thing that I

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January 9 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

TELLING THE TRUTH

As Oprah said, “Speaking your truth is the most powerful weapon we have.” It’s probably the best “weapon” there is to fight injustice, inequality and prejudice. Telling it like it is may not go down well with a lot of people who are invested in the status quo, nor should it go down well. I

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January 8 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

SYNOPSIS

Five years ago I published a brief memoir, Seven Decades: A Learning Memoir (River House Press 2013) and that record of watershed learning experiences ends with 2010, the most recently completed decade as I counted them. Since then, I’ve mused on what I have continued to learn and experience as I move toward a yet

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