March 15 , 2012 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

THE TIME IS NOW

Personal sacrifice is a high price to pay for what you believe, what you do and who you are as a leader.   On Tuesday, March 6, 2012, Dale Regan, head of the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, was murdered in her office by a former teacher, disgruntled and disturbed by being dismissed earlier.  You can read

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March 15 , 2012 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

The Effective and Efficient Leader

Leaders have an enormous array of expectations placed on them by a variety of types and kinds of people from Boards of Directors to employees.  How does one meet the needs of different constituencies and still have the time and energy for a personal life? Communicating with confidence and clarity, delegating wisely and being accessible

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February 29 , 2012 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

THE GIFT OF EACH DAY

I just read somewhere that if you want an extra day, you just had one.  What did you do with it? The reference was to February 29,  being Leap Day and if you didn’t catch the recent 30 Rock episode devoted to a celebration of Leap Day, find it.  It’s worth a chuckle or two,

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February 25 , 2012 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

Honoring Dad – February 24, 1912

My Dad would have been 100 yesterday and my thoughts about him included a lot of memories that are both vivid and meaningful.  In my 75th year, I have now lived ten years beyond what he was given. During those 42 years that I knew him, loved him and was guided and inspired by him,

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February 13 , 2012 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

Learning from Choice and Consequence

Some years ago I learned that over 85% of adolescents believe that consequences can only be negative, undesirable and to be avoided.  When I explained that it’s possible to have a good consequence the kids thought that was an oxymoron or a contradiction of terms.  I said that consequence is synonymous with result and that

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February 12 , 2012 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

It’s About Time!

–> Here is an interesting phrase, “taking time off” because one can not really ever turn time off.  What we mean is “time out” from the usual and ordinary, perhaps to invest in the unusual and extraordinary.   Like it says in the old ads for Timex, it just keeps on ticking and one day,

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January 29 , 2012 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

Learning from Looking and Watching

We live on a river in northern New Mexico. In the winter, the river is populated with a variety of ducks swimming up and downstream, lots of Canada geese who swim, fly and honk their way along the river and some beavers who are my nemesis.  I am learning from all of them.I watch the

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January 17 , 2012 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way

Whether this was a bumper sticker or just intended as a catchy slogan, the message is fairly clear.  First of all, it does not ask a question.  It’s in the imperative voice and asks for a choice or a response.  You may or may not choose to lead.  You may or may not choose to

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December 29 , 2011 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

CHANGE

One of the more heralded studies of leadership in the past few years was the 2010 IBM survey and interviews conducted with 1500 CEO’s from 60 different countries representing 33 different industries.  In spite of the emphasis on the challenge of managing complexity and discovering the value of creativity and innovation, there remains the one

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