A FUTURE BEYOND WORK

Most people cannot project with much clarity or certainty what their future is going to be like without work, without a job, although many dream of that day. The big exception is people who through no fault of theirs, lose their job. Some make it, some don’t, but that is not what this is about.

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HONORING HEALTHY SCHOOLS

Who knew that Tuesday, April 4, is National Healthy Schools Day?   I heard it on CBS Sunday morning news on April 2 and rather soon thereafter sat down to offer up these thoughts.   Since I spent the majority of my career working with schools, especially quite a few of the 130,000 K-12 schools in the

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AN UNEXPECTED GIFT

Many of us go about our work without being concerned about the rewards of what we do. We have chosen a profession (or been chosen by it because it called to us) of serving others. What we do is because of who we are and not that who we are is defined by what we

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SCHOOLS and the ” REAL WORLD”

Schools are already in the “real” world.  They just aren’t taking advantage of their external environments in creative and contemporary ways.  Instead they are still using old models for new learning.  Put new wine into old wine skins and what happens?  They burst, wasting the wine.  Too much energy, time and resources have been spent

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MAKING A CASE FOR THE BRIDGE YEAR

Most educators, and parents, know about the concept and practice of a gap year.  Often that year is taken between high school and college but not necessarily then.  It could be a junior or senior year abroad in either high school or college or it could be between the freshman and sophomore year of college. 

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A GENIUS IN DESIGN, ENGINEERING and CONSTRUCTION

I watched two garden spiders yesterday, connected by the same web, work their magic. I sat there in amazement as they worked to restore and expand their web, eat or store a few insects along the way that had given the signal of their arrival.   You have no doubt seen a spider scamper across a

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THREE BIG CHALLENGES IN TEAM LEADERSHIP

When these conditions are present to any significant degree, you and your team will definitely be blocked from being effective and productive.   These three obstacles are closely related through a common factor that, if dealt with separately, could resolve all three.  That common factor is FEAR.  Patrick Lencioni and Kensuke Okabayashi only use the word

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TEN LESSONS LEARNED IN A 50-YEAR CAREER

I was leveraged into a position of leadership in 1962 upon graduation from the first of two graduate school experiences and after a 50-year career, here are a few lessons I learned along the way.  The lifelong learning piece is further documented in my book, Seven Decades: A Learning Memoir (2013)  a brief collection of

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