GOING BACK

BACK TO SCHOOL Why do we say that you are going “back” to school? We know generally that it means returning, often to something familiar, going “back” somewhere and that is certainly one of the meanings when using the word “back” as an adverb. However, it also implies a past condition or situation. However, if

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THE FOUR-LEGGED STOOL

Most teachers, many parents and some students are aware of the three-legged stool concept and practice in schools.  The three legs are teacher, parents & student.  The teacher represents the school, the parents represent themselves and their child and the student can hopefully represent himself or herself to the extent possible.  Too much practice in

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REFLECTIONS

EXCERPTS from Chapter Seven in “SEVEN DECADES: A LEARNING MEMOIR”. (River House Press. 2013) LINK: www.tinyurl.com/nxlvqjn “When people in the next decade are trying to convey a picture of the most recent decade, they will use a self-portrait shot from a digital camera or cell phone held by one hand extended away from the subject. 

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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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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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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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D.Q. in 3-D

If you have not heard of  D.Q. or “Desire Quotient” consider this. The image, attributed to Stephen Covey, has four “Q’s” which are all described as intelligence.  I want to add a fifth “Q” which is D.Q as “a conscious impulse toward something that promises enjoyment or satisfaction in its attainment.”   For many people that

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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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