May 13 , 2019 /

IT’S NOT ALL BLACK AND WHITE

There is a well-documented article in the June 4-11, 2018 issue of The New Yorker Magazine by Jelani Cobb about white spaces where many of us have lived and worked: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/06/04/starbucks-and-the-issue-of-white-space The issue of racism, especially implicit bias, goes largely unnoticed until it is brought into our consciousness by some of the events which we

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April 27 , 2019 /

CHANGE COMMUNICATION: CASE IN POINT

When the #Change Blog Challenge appeared on my Twitter feed, my response was why not? Change has been a theme for much of my work for some 50 years.  The topic for this quarter is “Change Communication” and what can be more important than the way we communicate change whether helping others understand and apply the

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April 18 , 2019 /

ALTERNATIVE TO DISASTROUS DIPLOMACY

After invading southern Greece and receiving the submission of other key city-states, sometime between 346-336 B.C., Philip II of Macedon turned his attention to Sparta and asked menacingly whether he should come as friend or foe. The reply was “Neither.” Losing patience, he sent the message: “You are advised to submit without further delay, for

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March 1 , 2019 /

50 YEARS 10 LESSONS

(Published originally February 18, 2018) Imagine the following conversation: You:   You worked 50 years and only learned 10 lessons? Me:     Well, actually, I’m still working and I’m still learning. You:   What do you mean, you’re still working? Me:     What I said, I’m still working. I’m teaching, consulting, counseling, writing, speaking, doing whatever I want to

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February 11 , 2019 /

THE SPIRIT OF LEADERSHIP: TEN CHARACTERISTICS

The “spirit” of outstanding leaders can be seen, heard and felt in at least the following ten ways.  These behaviors of excellent  leadership are confirmed through experienced, successful leaders who have earned the respect of their colleagues and their peers.  You may know some people who exhibit these qualities on a regular, sustained basis. 1

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February 1 , 2019 /

CRITICAL CHANGES

A friend responded to my previous post by asking me what changes I thought were most critical.  My first inclination was to respond with a question, something like, that depends, “What concerns you the most?”  I figured that was avoidance on my part and since that person was asking me for what changes I would

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