September 1 , 2018 /

TRANSCENDING DIFFERENCES

Disagreements and differences of opinions separate people, communities and countries and there are those whose efforts are designed to pit people against each other through partisanship and intolerance. There are also those whose efforts are designed to build bridges of understanding, create communities of compassion and work toward bringing people together around a common vision,

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April 13 , 2018 /

Whitney Johnson & WD40

Whitney Johnson has a new book out called “Build an A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve.”    She starts out her current newsletter to promote her book with a story about WD 40, the recognizable brand of lubricant in the yellow and blue can.  I thought it had been around

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April 9 , 2018 /

AUTHENTIC

Numerous conversations have been swirling around recently about “authentic” with what’s real and what’s fake.  Authentic means genuine, real, honest, transparent, reliable, trustworthy and what people often refer to as “up front.”  In most circles that is to be preferred over “down low”, evasive, secretive, coy, shifty and misleading. Some of these recent conversations have

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April 1 , 2018 /

LIFE IS FRAGILE, UNPREDICTABLE

About six years ago I wrote the following article based on a letter to a friend of mine who was about to give a commencement speech.  For those us who have done that on more than a few occasions, we know that it’s hard to come up with something that’s worth listening to at a

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March 22 , 2018 /

SCHOOLS: TARGETS OR SOLUTIONS?

As of this writing, March 22, 2018, there have been 18 school shootings since the beginning of the year. This is Day 81 which means one shooter every 4.5 days has used a school as the object of what seems like unresolved and untreated anger, or frustration, and/or isolation. We say that the mental health

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March 4 , 2018 /

D.Q. in 3-D

If you have not heard of  D.Q. or “Desire Quotient” consider this. The image, attributed to Stephen Covey, has four “Q’s” which are all described as intelligence.  I want to add a fifth “Q” which is D.Q as “a conscious impulse toward something that promises enjoyment or satisfaction in its attainment.”   For many people that

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