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 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 14 , 2018 /

PERSEVERANCE AND PATIENCE

I know that perseverance pays off, and while I believe that, I must add, eventually.  When I learned to connect patience with perseverance, I found that I had a much better chance of the payoff.  Here’s an excerpt from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. “We are, quite naturally, impatient in everything to reach the end without

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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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February 25 , 2018 /

JOY IN FOLLOWING PASSION

I have long been passionate about teaching and learning, engaging with people on their own journeys of learning, growth and change. If you look at my career over the past 55 years, you will see where, how and perhaps why I am committed to that kind of activity. Several years ago I reached a point

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