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May 17 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 6 Comments

THE TOP

I read a piece recently touting the achievements of the top performers in a given field.  At this point I can’t remember if it was the top 10, 20 or 100 and that doesn’t’ matter.  It started me thinking, an often dangerous and subversive activity.  My friends call it disruptive and that fits too.  Here

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May 13 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

A GIFT FOR THE GRADUATE

Think about 3.6 million high school graduates this Spring who have spent 13 or more years in school.  They have been tied to a curriculum that has good intentions for expanding the student’s world of knowledge, understanding and skills requisite for a good education.  How then do you answer the  question, “What are the marks

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April 29 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

EVERYONE AGES: SOME MORE THAN OTHERS

DIMENSIONS OF AGING – CHANGE IS CERTAIN – EITHER PLANNED OR UNPLANNED There are five dimensions of human activity that are interrelated and interdependent. Those are the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of ourselves and our relationships with others. We tend to treat people along one dimension and focus our energy, time and resources

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April 22 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

Earth Day Lessons

A friend, Alli Polin, commented recently, “We think transitions are endings but they’re really what the word is all about… movement including the time in between landings.”  That stuck with me for some reason so I explored it a little further, that phrase “the time in between landings” being particularly resonant.   Here was my

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April 16 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

TRANSITION

Transitions from one stage to another can be challenging for a variety of reasons.  Each of us differs in how we either plan for those or how we deal with them as they appear, whether on the horizon or suddenly in front of us. Two colleagues mentioned recently that they were in a transition mode

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April 13 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

Whitney Johnson & WD40

Whitney Johnson has a new book out called “Build an A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve.”    She starts out her current newsletter to promote her book with a story about WD 40, the recognizable brand of lubricant in the yellow and blue can.  I thought it had been around

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April 9 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

AUTHENTIC

Numerous conversations have been swirling around recently about “authentic” with what’s real and what’s fake.  Authentic means genuine, real, honest, transparent, reliable, trustworthy and what people often refer to as “up front.”  In most circles that is to be preferred over “down low”, evasive, secretive, coy, shifty and misleading. Some of these recent conversations have

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April 1 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

LIFE IS FRAGILE, UNPREDICTABLE

About six years ago I wrote the following article based on a letter to a friend of mine who was about to give a commencement speech.  For those us who have done that on more than a few occasions, we know that it’s hard to come up with something that’s worth listening to at a

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March 22 , 2018 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

SCHOOLS: TARGETS OR SOLUTIONS?

As of this writing, March 22, 2018, there have been 18 school shootings since the beginning of the year. This is Day 81 which means one shooter every 4.5 days has used a school as the object of what seems like unresolved and untreated anger, or frustration, and/or isolation. We say that the mental health

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