May 21 , 2021 /

PAYING ATTENTION

With gratitude to Peter Senge, who talks often about decentralizing the role of leadership in order to enhance the capacity of all people to work toward healthier human systems, I offer these observations, insights and experiences. As leaders, we are acutely aware of trying to meet the needs of multiple constituencies – directors, associates, colleagues,

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May 2 , 2021 /

SPIRIT & SOUL IN LEADERS

The mythical story of Psyche, Amor and Venus has to do with love lost and found, the joy and suffering along the way, hard work and humiliation, as well as the comfort, support and assistance of others.  It is easy to recognize in this story of Psyche the human soul, which is purified by passions

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April 24 , 2021 /

EXEMPLARY SCHOOLS

Some recent news reports indicate “culture wars” going on in schools with parents divided over curriculum issues having mainly to do with race.  There are other related social issues that schools must deal with and they are not going to please everyone and as professional educators they have to make choices about what to include

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February 17 , 2021 /

ILLUSTRATED INTENTION

Some people who know me might be surprised to learn that when I was invited to speak to a team of educators in an outstanding school, it was somewhat daunting for me. I speak to many school groups including faculties, boards of trustees, leadership teams, parents and students. The topics range over a wide variety

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September 28 , 2020 /

HELP MAKE THE CHANGE

UNCERTAINTY At the beginning of this week, I was struck by the relevance of this question: “How do you adjust to an ever-changing situation where the ‘new normal’ is indefinite uncertainty?” From my perspective, there is nothing unusual with an “ever-changing situation” nor with “indefinite uncertainty.”  They are both part of the what we face

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September 23 , 2020 /

THE REACH AND IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Here is a brief summary of some of the top influencers in the world of social media. The first social media site to reach a million monthly active users was MySpace – it achieved this milestone around 2004, about the same time as Facebook started.  This is arguably the beginning of social media as we

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