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September 26 , 2012 /

Seasonal Transitions

It seems like we are often in some kind of transition or shift from one state to another, from one status to another, from one activity to another, from one stage of life to another or even from one time to another.  Does that all make sense in your own observations and experience?  Maybe it’s

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September 11 , 2012 /

EVOLUTION not REVOLUTION

I remember a 1940’s radio program called “The Life of Riley” starring William Bendix who played Chester A. Riley, and he used to say, “What a revoltin’ development this has turned out to be!”  Bugs Bunny may have picked it up as well.  The phrase came to me this morning as I was thinking about

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September 11 , 2012 /

An Opening in the Clouds Above the Mountain

This morning when I woke up, I looked out the window (at 3 AM) and there was a strange narrow band of light above the mountain, Sierra Negra, which is across the river from where I live.  I wondered what it was, why it was there, what conditions caused it to be and then, upon

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September 3 , 2012 /

LABORER THANKS, 9-3-2012

There are numerous workers who have made my life easier, better or more productive this past year and I want to list them by category and thank a number of them personally for their good work.  Here are my top ten: 1.  Medical personnel including doctors, nurses, technicians and administrators 2.  Police, fire, safety and

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August 29 , 2012 /

CONSCIOUS AND INTENTIONAL

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a short piece about shifting paradigms and changing a culture.  This week I had the opportunity to visit an organization that, three years ago, made a commitment to do exactly that.  They engaged with a major university that had a well-researched design component that, if implemented, would significantly

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August 20 , 2012 /

ECONOMIC IMPERATIVES

–> About 40 years ago I was riding on the 5th Avenue bus in NYC, which more appropriately should have been Madison Avenue, when I began to read the signs above the windows on both sides of the bus.  Each one conveyed a message and, either to pass the time or just out of plain

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August 20 , 2012 /

EARLY MORNING MUSINGS

We have a French Black Copper Maran rooster named Pierre.  He guards his small flock of girls with rapt attention, tries to lead them around by showing he is bigger and louder than they are but that seldom works.  He doesn’t understand that power alone isn’t sufficient for effective leadership.  Watching chicken behavior provides all

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August 19 , 2012 /

CUSTOMER “SERVICE” and the POWER OF ONE

Whatever system gives you pause for concern, a primary step is to understand how it works and why it is the way it is. It may then be more possible to deal with it in a way to optimize the chances for making it work on your behalf rather than being constantly frustrated because it

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August 11 , 2012 /

SHIFTING PARADIGMS and CHANGING A CULTURE

No one ever said it would be easy and trying to change mind sets and then help people change their behavior is a huge challenge.  Someone once said that there are too many people who mistake the edge of the rut for the horizon.  Entrenchment is a familiar condition in many institutions and organizations, partly

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