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March 29 , 2014 /

CHOOSE SOME TIME FOR YOURSELF

Some time ago I wrote a short piece called “No Virtue in Being Busy.” My point was to say that I believe there is very little value in how busy we appear to be because our calendars and schedules are full to overflowing.  A follow up article published here recently was called “The Appearance of

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March 17 , 2014 /

VERNAL EQUINOX 2014

Thursday, March 21, will mark the vernal equinox this year, the time when night and day are very much the same length.   If you want to get precise about it, it will happen at 16:57 UTC or 12:57 PM EDT.  That’s when the tilt of Earth relative to the Sun is zero, which means that

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March 11 , 2014 /

FIVE INTERNAL PERSPECTIVES ON LEADERSHIP

  Here is a brief summary of what leaders must deal with internally, almost all the time. 11-   Understanding the difference between your work and your job. Work is your passion, what you care about the most whether reaching goals, accomplishing big projects or meaningful personal relationships with colleagues. Your job is what you

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March 7 , 2014 /

Contrived, Corporate and Controlled – By Design

It took me several days to figure out what was bothering me and it was the same nagging feeling that arose 50 years ago in New York about an economy based on SPEND, BUY, WASTE, WANT, and BORROW.  I called it the cycle of the new economic imperatives and my conflict came about because of

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March 6 , 2014 /

LENT 2014 Religious or Not, More Light: Reading the Signs

I have had a long and running conversation, mostly with myself, about these 40+ days that begin in the liturgical calendar with Ash Wednesday, just after Shrove or Fat Tuesday, and continue until just before Easter.  Historically this was a time of fasting and prayer in the organized church, a penitential season of spiritual preparation

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February 19 , 2014 /

BEING A HEAD OF SCHOOL

The Santa Fe Leadership Center set out recently to explore some of the dynamics of being a new head of an independent, private school, partly in preparation for one of our Seminars and partly to find out what people in these positions were experiencing that we might be able to address in a thoughtful, systematic

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February 10 , 2014 /

SPILLS AND FALLS

Watching some of the Winter Olympics, the most accomplished athletes in their respective sports competing for medals while representing their countries, one cannot help but have deep admiration and respect for the hours and years of training and preparation.  Those competitors must be practitioners of the 10,000 hours to reach a level of mastery that

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February 8 , 2014 /

WORK and the APPEARANCE of PRODUCTIVITY

James Surowiecki, writing in the January 27 issue of The New Yorker entitled his article “The Cult of Overwork.”   He makes the point by noting that thirty years ago, the best paid workers in the U.S. were much less likely to work long days than low-paid workers were.  That, of course, has all changed and

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February 4 , 2014 /

RESTORATION – RENEWAL – REGENERATION

For those who work hard, who work long hours, and are deeply engrossed in a particular job, a common fault seems to be that they do not take time out very often for their own restoration, renewal and regeneration.  The missing ingredient is often a plan that includes a commitment to honor the process of

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