May 4 , 2020 /

COUNTING ON YOU: 35 YEARS AGO AND TODAY

“Those of us within certain traditions and cultures have, for centuries, had a commitment to using our talents and energies to help make things better.  We do this by living and working together in communities. We must look at ourselves, our nation and the rest of the world, we must look at where we are,

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April 25 , 2020 /

DERAILED

(This is a compilation and revision of several earlier posts on the same topic, updated for the current crisis.) Most of us have been thrown off track.   It’s not always easy to resume, like pushing the button on speed control. There are many reasons why it’s going to be difficult to regroup our energy, purpose

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March 2 , 2020 /

LESSONS LEARNED BUILDING A BARN

When we moved to the River House in Abiquiu, New Mexico, in 2005, we found ourselves with a wonderful house on the banks of the Chama River which we remodeled completely. It was about a mile south of the village and Georgia O’Keefe’s studio.  When we surveyed the entire property I thought we needed a

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January 10 , 2020 /

BUILD

Carla Silver, a friend and colleague, Executive Director of Leadership and Design, (www.leadershipanddesign.org) chose her #OneWord2020 and it is BUILD. While it may not come as a great surprise to those who know Carla and her team’s work at L+D, that word BUILD connected with my #OneWord2020 TIME in ways I had not imagined. One

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November 30 , 2019 /

TIME FOR A CHANGE?

“The nature of change itself seemed to have changed in recent years. It was becoming obvious: we need to think and act differently.”   Janet Ford & Rick Walters, “Managing Dynamic Change” As I conclude another decade of working with people and organizations in designing and implementing change, here are twelve lessons learned and suggestions for

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October 25 , 2019 /

TEN IMPORTANT LESSONS FOR EDUCATORS

Reflecting on a long and continuing career as a professional educator, here are 10 lessons I consider among those that are important.  Understanding this part of the definition of “important” may help: “likely to have a profound effect on success, survival, or well-being.” This doesn’t mean there aren’t more lessons.  These are some of mine,

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