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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December 28 , 2017 / Gary Gruber / 6 Comments

ENDING & BEGINNING

As we come to the end of yet another year and look ahead to the next one, what are we to make of this experience? Is it one more review of what happened and how we responded? Is it one more time to make promises to ourselves that next year will be different? Or could

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December 17 , 2017 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

CELEBRATING LIGHT

On Thursday, December 21, 2017, at 8:28 AM Pacific Time (for me) the sun reached its southernmost point before starting back on its northward trek toward Spring.  You can calculate your own time accordingly. Actually it has more to do with the tilt of the earth on its axis and its elliptical orbit but we will

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December 10 , 2017 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

EAGERSHIP – Eagerness to Lead

EAGERSHIP – the ability, appetite and desire to lead…..eager leadership Ten characteristics of the eager leader: Earned respect, trust and confidence from others Integrity, honesty, transparency Professional behavior and appearance Excellent communication skills, both verbal & written Knowledge based on experience, research, hard work Capacity to make difficult decisions and make them stick Skill in

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November 30 , 2017 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

TEN of LIFE’S ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

This post was inspired by a 5th grade boy who, when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, had the courage to say that he wanted to be himself.  And that’s how he dressed for going to school on the day students were asked to appear as the adults they wanted to

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November 21 , 2017 / Gary Gruber / 8 Comments

BAM – BIG AUDACIOUS MOVE

During a five-week road trip through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California (end of August thru September) we stopped to visit a son for several days at his new lake house in northern California. The weather was perfect, the 3-story house poised on the lakefront with a terrific view

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