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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October 9 , 2019 /

READY

Above my work table hangs this painting of five race horses rounding what could be the final turn heading for the home stretch. Every morning, after I get started, when I am in that space, I look at this painting and it gives me a boost and an appreciation for another day to run again. 

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September 28 , 2019 /

SO, WHAT DO YOU DO?

One of the first questions most often asked when meeting someone new is an attempt to identify the person by his or her job.  One of my favorite stories is about Reuel Howe, a professor of theology and author, who was met with this question by his seat mate on an airplane.  “So, what do

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September 13 , 2019 /

ONE PHONE CALL

I was trying to get information for a national organization’s conference coming up in February, 2020.   Frustrated with the lack of up to date information on their web site, I thought about what I wanted to say and why and then picked up my phone to call.  The response was that they were too busy

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August 31 , 2019 /

CHOICES AND DECISIONS – WHY AND HOW

Every day we have this privilege to decide how we will spend or invest it, how we will give ourselves over to it through time, energy, effort, thought, feelings and perhaps most visible of all, behavior.  For starters, do you consider this day a privilege or a gift or is it more of a job

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