(#455) Resources: Find, Learn, and Use


This week’s blog post draws on the third core value from
Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019):  Discover and use RESOURCES to increase chances for progress, growth, learning, and connections.

“Knowledge is power.”  But if acquired knowledge is not used or if it is inapplicable to the issue at hand, does it still have power? It might possess potential power. But it loses value if not used.

I often told my students that college offered them more resources than they probably would ever see again in one place. But they had to do three things: Find them. Learn about them. Use them.

Think of the communities to which you belong. A spiritual community. A residential neighborhood.  An athletic team.  A walking group. A youth organization.  A campus service club.

Each of these communities has resources for its members. Sources of support for connection, growth, and resilience. Your group might have an abundance of resources while other communities have a diminished basket of support from which to draw.

Think of a dynamic community to which you belong. In what ways do the resources in that community contribute to its growth and resilience? Do members use them? More importantly, how do members create and maximize collisions between resources and people so even more people will benefit?

Now, think of a community struggling to maintain its cohesiveness. When it comes to resources, what does it lack? What is being done to gather those resources?  Is there a leader (a resource in and of itself) to coordinate the needed resources?

Your Two-Part Call-to-Action

  • First, consider a challenge your community faces at this moment. Why does the challenge exist? Is it because of a lack of resources, a failure to use existing resources, a breakdown of resources, or some other factor related to resources?
  • Next, develop a list of resources that could address the identified challenge. Which of the resources does your community have? Which does it need to develop? Which exist and need tweaking to make them more effective? How do you know? What is your next step?

In order to grow and maintain a sustainable community, you need knowledge about what it needs to grow. Then you need to do something with that knowledge. That takes vigilance, questions, and leadership. What do you need to be more aware of in your community?


Podcast Recommendation of the Week

This short clip reminds us of the importance of listening when developing a program and its resources.


My book,
Community as a Safe Place to Land,

has been released! At this point, you can purchase it on Amazon. More purchasing options coming. More information at www.stevepiscitelli.com.

 


Make it an inspiring and grateful week and H.T.R.B. as needed.

You can still order my book Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island (2017), by clicking here. Another university recently (January 2019) adopted it for training and coaching purposes. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same.

The paperback price on Amazon is now $12.00 and the Kindle version stands at $3.99. Consider it for a faculty orientation or a mentoring program. The accompanying videos would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.

My podcasts can be found at The Growth and Resilience Network® (http://stevepiscitelli.com/media-broadcast/podcast).

You will find more about what I do at www.stevepiscitelli.com.

©2019. Steve Piscitelli
The Growth and Resilience Network®

 

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(#454) Recognize The Stories In The Room


No matter how far-sighted leaders may be on an issue,
if they cannot connect to the emotional responses of their constituents, relevance is missed and opportunity squandered.

This past week I attended and spoke at our city commission meeting. The issue (as most do) involved several nuances and engendered a lively give-and-take in the chambers. From my vantage point, this agenda item did not resonate with the residents—especially those of us who attended and spoke. The commissioners listened and voted down the resolution.

Whatever merits (and there were some) this proposal may have had, they became muted when they did not connect with what the residents believed to be important for their homes, neighbors, and future.  More time was needed to demonstrate the relevance of the proposal to the lives of the residents.

Each resident has a story. Each person in the room has a story. How do we acknowledge and authentically connect with those stories?

In what ways does your community listen to the stories of its members—and then appreciate and act on those stories?  You see, at times we can understand an issue and still not understand how the issue connects emotionally with people. This can short-circuit discussion, conversation, and collaboration.

No matter how far-sighted leaders may be on an issue, if they cannot connect to the emotional responses of their constituents, relevance is missed and opportunity squandered.  Let that happen too often and trust will be a casualty.

What can you and your neighbors/team members do this week to expose yourselves to experiences, people, and places that are relevant to growth for the members and the community? Who might be able to help you? How do you know? What would you like to accomplish in this area by the end of this week? When will you start?

Community building can be challenging work. Paying attention to relevance builds a foundation.

For more on the connection of community building to the core value of relevance, see Section 2 of my newest book Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019, pp. 31-56).


Podcast Recommendation of the Week:

This quick (70 seconds) clip addresses how a Jacksonville, FL community development agency understands and applies the equation: Trust + Respect + Listening = Relevant services.


 


My book,
Community as a Safe Place to Land,

has been released! At this point, you can purchase it on Amazon. More purchasing options coming. More information at www.stevepiscitelli.com.


Make it an inspiring and grateful week and H.T.R.B. as needed.

You can still order my book Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island (2017), by clicking here. Another university recently (January 2019) adopted it for training and coaching purposes. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same.

The paperback price on Amazon is now $12.00 and the Kindle version stands at $3.99. Consider it for a faculty orientation or a mentoring program. The accompanying videos would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.

My podcasts can be found at The Growth and Resilience Network® (http://stevepiscitelli.com/media-broadcast/podcast).

You will find more about what I do at www.stevepiscitelli.com.

©2019. Steve Piscitelli
The Growth and Resilience Network®

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(#453) Beyond Hope


We articulate what we want to see happen.
Yet that does not finish movement to improvement.

I have been hearing and reading sentiments like “there will never be progress” and “there is no hope” and “all hope is lost.” Often, they have been uttered regarding political posturing, pettiness, and peevishness. If we stay glued to the non-stop barrage of dichotomous collective monologues, well, we can see where those feelings come from and how they are reinforced.

While hope gives us expectation for something better, we must move beyond hope. We need more.

In Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019) I offer the readers seven transformational stories about community building and sustainability. In each case, the community leaders and members moved beyond merely hoping for a certain action. They created the action.

Setting goals moves beyond hoping for something to occur. We articulate what we want to see happen.  Yet that does not finish movement to improvement. We need to engage in considered conversation about what to do to reach those desired endpoints.

Rather than settling for general answers about your progress, use this three-step model to help you be more actionable:

  1. Establish a realistic, feasible, time-bound plan for implementing your proposed actions.
  2. Execute your plan. Make sure all involved understand their roles and responsibilities.
  3. Evaluate your progress on a regular basis. Adjust course as needed.

Hope may not be lost but at times, though, it gets side-tracked with generalities and cognitive distortions.


Podcast Recommendation of the Week:

In this compilation podcast, you get to hear a slight snippet from each of the transformational stories mentioned above. You will hear examples of how these communities establish, execute, and evaluate goals and efforts. How they moved beyond hope.


My book,
Community as a Safe Place to Land,

has been released! At this point, you can purchase it on Amazon. More purchasing options coming. More information at www.stevepiscitelli.com.


Make it an inspiring and grateful week and H.T.R.B. as needed.

You can still order my book Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island (2017), by clicking here. Another university recently (January 2019) adopted it for training and coaching purposes. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same.

The paperback price on Amazon is now $12.00 and the Kindle version stands at $3.99. Consider it for a faculty orientation or a mentoring program. The accompanying videos would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.

My podcasts can be found at  The Growth and Resilience Network® (http://stevepiscitelli.com/media-broadcast/podcast).

You will find more about what I do at www.stevepiscitelli.com.

©2019. Steve Piscitelli
The Growth and Resilience Network®


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(#452) Cognitive Distortions


Can you say, “fake news”? Or “leading statements”?
Or “inferences based on limited information or examples”?

In their book The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt examine nine cognitive distortions that “interfere with realistic and adaptive interpretations” of events and situations. The nine challenges are (with the authors’ explanations beneath each; see page 38 of their book):

  • Emotional Reasoning

o   Feelings guide interpretation of reality

  • Catastrophizing

o   Focusing on the worst possible outcome and seeing it as most likely

  • Overgeneralizing

o   Perceiving a pattern based on a single incident

  • Dichotomous Thinking

o   Viewing events in all-or-nothing terms; binary thinking

  • Mind Reading

o   Assuming you know what people think without having enough evidence

  • Labeling

o   Assigning global negative traits to yourself or others

  • Negative Filtering

o   Focus almost exclusively on the negatives and seldom notice the positives

  • Discounting Positives

o   Claiming that the positive things you or others do are trivial

  • Blaming

o   Focusing on the other person as the source of your negative feelings

While Lukianoff and Haidt examine how these distortions can and do have a chilling effect on higher education, it is easy to see  how they play out daily in current events and reactions to those events. Can you say, “fake news”? Or “leading statements”? Or “inferences based on limited information or examples”?

We can see this with ideologues. Whatever “those” ideologues do (according to “these” ideologues on the “other” side of the spectrum) will lead to utter destruction (catastrophizing), because “those people” never listen to the correct sources (mind reading, labeling), and because they clearly are not one of us (dichotomous thinking), they will lead to nothing but the worst consequences for our society (blaming, negative filtering, overgeneralizing).

I’d venture to say that we all engage in these distortions from time to time.  Think about the different tone our political debates would have if we checked these distortions at the door. Heck, the so-called debates might turn from yelling and screaming matches to actual debates—give and take with a whole lot of listening and authentic questioning.

This week be alert for the above cognitive distortions in others and yourself. As Lukianoff and Haidt posit, “Wouldn’t our relationships be better if we all did a little less blaming and dichotomous thinking, and recognized that we usually share responsibility for conflicts?”


Video Recommendation of the Week:

In this CBS interview, the two authors address the great “untruths” that help set the context for cognitive distortions.


My book,
Community as a Safe Place to Land,

has been released!  At this point, you can purchase it on Amazon.  More purchasing options coming. More information at www.stevepiscitelli.com.


Make it an inspiring and grateful week and H.T.R.B. as needed.

For information about and to order my book, Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island, click here. A few colleges and one state-wide agency have adopted it for training and coaching purposes. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same.

The paperback price on Amazon is now $12.00 and the Kindle version stands at $3.99. Consider it for a faculty orientation or a mentoring program. The accompanying videos would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.

My podcasts: The Growth and Resilience Network® (http://stevepiscitelli.com/media-broadcast/podcast).

My programs and webinars: website (http://stevepiscitelli.com/programs/what-i-do) and (http://stevepiscitelli.com/programs/webinars).

©2019. Steve Piscitelli
The Growth and Resilience Network®


 

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(#451) The Conversation Starter


There are no strangers; only friends she has yet to meet.

It was a chance encounter on a pet therapy round. As Roxie and I exited a hospital office area, a woman stopped in the hallway and looked at us.

“I need to pet a dog at this moment,” she said.  She reached down as we approached. Roxie stood beside her and gently leaned into her. The woman stroked Roxie’s back with a soft hand.

In the other hand I noticed she had a clump of papers.  She looked up at me and said she just learned she had a brain tumor. She continued to move her fingers up and down Roxie’s back.

We continued to talk. Mostly, Roxie and I listened. It sounded like she was doing an initial sorting of her thoughts and emotions.

And her hand never left Roxie’s back. Roxie patiently stood.

A few minutes later, the woman excused herself for the restroom. Before she left, she raised her eyes from Roxie to me and said that she believed the universe brought Roxie to her at that point in time.

That moment—more than any other I’ve had with Roxie—reminded me of the potential an animal holds for people.  Roxie, like other pet therapy dogs I have seen, serves as the conversation starter.

There are no strangers; only friends she has yet to meet.

At the airport last week, Roxie met many new friends. And I think about the lessons she teaches.

It generally starts with someone looking at, and then, smiling as we walk by. We approach. There is a paw shake or body language welcoming an interaction.

No barking. No jumping. No rudeness. No showboating. No ugliness. No put-downs.

Just an “I’m-glad-to-meet-you-and-spend-some-time-with-you” experience.

Roxie’s new “friends” invariably talk about their pets, family, home, and travels. Roxie is the conversation starter. She does not interrupt. She does not tell them they are wrong. She does not mind what language they speak (as exhibited last week when one international couple hand-gestured to me, with huge smiles, that they would like to take photos of Roxie). Her language is love and patience.  Other than seeing a gentle stroke in her future, Roxie carries no prejudgment.

She waits.

A conversation begins.

A bond is forged. Perhaps a small piece of healing takes root. Even if for a few minutes.

Smiles linger. Moods brighten.

Roxie teaches us another lesson in civility, kindness, and community. In some ways, it is a brighter day.


Video Recommendation of the Week:

Last year I had the opportunity to record a podcast with the Reverend Elizabeth Teal. We discussed animal-assisted interventions. You can hear the entire episode on The Growth and Resilience Network® podcast channel.  In this short clip (86 seconds) we hear about facilitating a little bit of healing.


For more about community building and sustainability,
look for my new book,
Community as a Safe Place to Land.

The paperback edition is due out this week.
The Kindle version can be purchased here.
More information at www.stevepiscitelli.com.


Make it an inspiring and grateful week and H.T.R.B. as needed.

For information about and to order my most recent book, Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island, click here. A few colleges and one state-wide agency have adopted it for training and coaching purposes. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same.

The paperback price on Amazon is now $14.99 and the Kindle version stands at $5.99. Consider it for a faculty orientation or a mentoring program. The accompanying videos would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.

My podcasts: The Growth and Resilience Network® (http://stevepiscitelli.com/media-broadcast/podcast).

My programs and webinars: website (http://stevepiscitelli.com/programs/what-i-do) and (http://stevepiscitelli.com/programs/webinars).

©2019. Steve Piscitelli
The Growth and Resilience Network®

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(#450) Respectful Relationships


Respectful relationships help build lasting, meaningful,
accepting, loving, nurturing, and sustaining communities.

As I wrote Community as a Safe Place to Land, I had the opportunity to speak with transformational people in communities from Savannah, Georgia to Celebration, Florida.  Each story spoke to the interrelated importance of The Seven Rs—the seven core values for purpose and growth.

This past week I reviewed the author’s proof copy of the book (the last step before release of the work).  I thumbed through the seven transformational stories and once again was struck by the common themes from different parts of the region. Different stories with a connecting principle.  Consider the following quotes from the book:

  • “That congregation of loving and accepting people tied a knot at the end of my rope so that I could hang on.” (2)
  • “Everyone has a story, and our job is to listen.” (32)
  • “The program manager kept coming back to the program each day because ‘It’s about the people.’” (60)
  • “A young songwriter sings for her community, ‘You’re my friend and I love you.’” (87)
  • “People must have a say-so about what is going on in their community if change is to take root.” (117) 
  • “Remember that kindness is always better than righteousness.” (117)
  • “Friendships were born, and they helped grow resilience…In hearing other people’s stories, they began to hear the ‘echo of a voice’ of their story. They would not be denied and would not give up.” (173)

Respectful relationships help build lasting, meaningful, accepting, loving, nurturing, and sustaining communities.


You will be able to read more later this month when the book is released.  In the meantime, you can read more about the book and the accompanying podcast transformational community episodes at https://stevepiscitelli.com/media-written/community-as-a-safe-place-to-land.


Podcast Clip Recommendation of the Week:

Listen to Executive Director George Maxey of the New Town Success Zone speak about the importance of listening to people. Listening + Accountability = Movement.


For more about community building and sustainability,
look for my new book,
Community as a Safe Place to Land,

due out later this month. More information at www.stevepiscitelli.com.


Make it an inspiring and grateful week and H.T.R.B. as needed.

For information about and to order my most recent book, Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island, click here. A few colleges and one state-wide agency have adopted it for training and coaching purposes. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same.

The paperback price on Amazon is now $14.99 and the Kindle version stands at $5.99. Consider it for a faculty orientation or a mentoring program. The accompanying videos would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.

My podcasts: The Growth and Resilience Network® (http://stevepiscitelli.com/media-broadcast/podcast).

My books: www.stevepiscitelli.com/media-written/books

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(#449) A Blogger’s Retrospective for 2018


May you create, share, and savor powerful moments
in the coming year and beyond.
[Watch this week’s recommended video toward the end of this post!]


While sitting in an Austin hotel room at the end of May 2010, I wrote my first post for this blog. At that time, I had three goals:

  • Experience a new (for me) aspect of social media
  • Develop and flesh out new ideas
  • Provide something of value—not just another cyber rant.

I believe I have accomplished the first and the second. It is up to you whether I have accomplished the third. My blog posts contain videos, book recommendations and summaries, questions to ponder, and always a takeaway to apply immediately to life.  I have remained true to my commitment to publish one blog post per week. This post marks the 449th consecutive week.  And I know that I am #alwayslearning!


Since that first post, this blog has had more than 75,000 visits and evolved into www.thegrowthandresiliencenetwork.net. Thank you!

Thank you for reading, commenting, and sharing.  I would love to hear what you find of value on this blog. And, please feel free to share any ideas you have for future posts.


As has now become tradition for this blog, this last-of-the-year offering lists each of the previous week’s posts I added this year. Along with each title, you will find a teaser about each. Perhaps a nugget or two will provide inspiration. I have linked each title to the actual blog should you want to read it, re-read it, or share it. Thank you for your continued support and comments.

I also have included (1) top five blog posts (by number of views/visits) since I started this journey in 2010; and (2) the top five blog posts for 2018.

*Top Five All-Time Posts on this Blog (Since 2010)* 

  1. (#194) Honor the Past. Celebrate the Present. Embrace the Future.
  2. (#86) A Model for Critical Thinking
  3. (#18) Crab Pot Mentality
  4. (#93) SQ4R: Strategic Reading Strategies for the Classroom and Beyond
  5. (#219) The First Day of Class: People Before Paper!

 

*Top Five 2018 Posts on this Blog*

  1. (#194) Honor the Past. Celebrate the Present. Embrace the Future.
  2. (#86) A Model for Critical Thinking
  3. (#416) A Safe Place to Land
  4. (#18) Crab Pot Mentality
  5. (#426) It’s Easy to be Left Behind

*2018 in Review*

  1. We Are Where We Are * “We are where we are, however we got here. What matters is where we go next.”—Isaac Marion
  2. Inappropriate or Authentic * Feedback is powerful. Evaluated feedback carries more weight.
  3. Do We Live In A Post-Fact World? * Perhaps we live in a time when the question to ponder becomes, “If a fact is offered and it is not ‘liked,’ is it a fact?”
  4. Improv Leadership * Incompetent and fear-based managers rely on rigid scripts.
  5. Over Your Head * The exceptional leaders take their moments of vulnerability and build on them.
  6. Create Your Own Story Or Someone Else Will * It may be too late.
  7. Risk, Empty Spaces, and Self: Lessons from the Stage. * There is no failure in result; there is only failure in process.
  8. Communication or Statement? * Are we listening to others—and ourselves?
  9. Purpose and Authenticity * Mortality salience often leads you to ask questions about the meaning in your life.
  10. Are You Just Doing Stuff? * We can easily get caught up in the “noise” around us if we allow that to happen. The wrong things end up pushing the right things to the side.
  11. Self-Evaluation * Narrow the focus and help yourself understand what does or does not serve and nourish your soul.
  12. More with Less or Less with More? * If the “more-with-less crisis” is followed by another “more-with-less crisis” and yet another, simple arithmetic indicates with each “more” there is a lot “less.” And then that becomes the norm.  
  13. Your Backstory * Who are two people who have had the biggest impact on your life?
  14. Perhaps, A Human Good Citizenship Test? * If only we treated our fellow human beings (citizens of the world) with the same dignity as the CGC expects of its participants.

  15. Choices: Where Do You Choose To Be? * Once we choose who we want to be, people grow “to the way in which they have been exercised.”
  16. Don’t Figure It Out * Leave room…develop the concept…be free…listen.
  17. Come Together: Food, Friends, and Family * The food might have brought us together; the bonding kept us coming back.
  18. Does the Disturbance Disturb You? * We limit our own growth and spiritual development.
  19. A Safe Place to Land * I kept hearing about the connections between congregants and neighborhood, congregants and congregants, as well as congregants and their own souls.
  20. Gratitude * Simple acts of gratitude offered, received, and witnessed.
  21. Helping a Village Find Its Voice * Listen and respect one another. Find your voice. Use your voice. Pursue your rainbows.
  22. What if It Were All Gone * We allow ourselves to get overwhelmed by the “stuff” of life. We end up taking a lot for granted. We may even have GDD.  Gratitude Deficit Disorder.
  23. Trust as a Core Value * Everyone has a story and our job is to listen.
  24. Step Out, Stretch, and Experience * You make your partner look good. The scene is never about you….
  25. Ask. Listen. Act. * Noise abounds as people tell us what we should and should not. Perhaps we do the same to others.
  26. Poverty * When communities build walls to separate their people (due to a poverty of understanding or compassion), the lack can seem insurmountable.
  27. Connections * How often do we stop to remember the grace others have added to our lives?
  28. A Community of Mentors for Music, Hope, and Rainbows * Neighbors entertaining neighbors while enjoying the company of other neighbors.
  29. It’s Easy to be Left Behind * “Aging in place” may describe what the residents were doing but not who they wanted to be.
  30. Someone Must be the Grown Up in the Room * The leader helps us see what is possible, especially when we do not have that vision in our experience.
  31. What Does Success Look Like to You? * Is success a noun? A verb? An adjective? Does it have to be connected to the common good?
  32. Everything Is Up for Revision * Considered evaluation can alter, broaden, and strengthen our belief system.
  33. Reality? Question the Buddha * Everyone talking or interrupting and not much listening. People speaking what they want to hear. Ignoring all else.
  34. Pay Attention to the 360° View * If we gaze in one direction, toward the subject and the toward the subject only, we miss the full spectrum.
  35. Compassion * “That which is hateful to you, do not do to another. That is the whole Law. The rest is commentary. Now go and learn.” -Rabbi Hillel

  36. Verifying the Truth * You won’t find a step that says evaluate a source based on what “my group believes” or “who tweeted the most” or “how much I dislike a source.”
  37. Wisdom * The opportunities to appreciate wisdom exist all around us. Are we mindful? Are we paying attention?
  38. Community Requires Respectful Communication * You better think.
  39. Facing the Worst. Preparing for the Best. * Once the conversation started, no one was going to stop it.
  40. Your Meeting Deserves a K.I.S.S. * Keep It Simple and Short.
  41. You May Not be the Gift in the Room * Effective collaboration rests on the ability to share the stage.
  42. Are You Paying Attention to the People in Front of You? * Collaboration does not come from telling, yelling, or selling people. It comes from considered conversation.
  43. What Matters Now? * When you set your goals you said to yourself, “These matter to me.” As you review where you have been and where you want to go, ask yourself, “What matters now?”  And then act on it.
  44. It Means Something to Somebody * It got me thinking about those missed moments when we think something isn’t “worth it.”
  45. Community Building: Beyond Why to How * The question, in my mind, moves beyond why we need community to how we go about building and sustaining it.
  46. Why Did We Form This Band? * There are some things that really matter, like a shared vision. If the singer wants to be a star, the guitarist wants to play a different style and the bassist and drummer are in it to smoke weed and jam…might not work out.—Crucial Eddy Cotton
  47. Mouths and Ears * Discourse. Dialogue. Debate. Diminished?
  48. Endings. Beginnings. Beginnings. Endings * How will the ending affect your beginning?
  49. What Serves as Your Fuel? * W.A.Y.D.T.G.W.Y.W?
  50. Resistance Bubbles * How do we get the two groups to the table to capitalize on
    the 10% they agree on—to start a conversation and maybe educate one another to each resistance bubble’s beliefs and core values? Is this a worthy goal—and, is it possible?
  51. Flexibility * “The age of a person is not determined by his years but by his flexibility.”~ Attributed to Yogi Bhajan
  52. A Blogger’s Retrospective: 2018 in Review *
     


Video Recommendation for the Week.

This video still has legs. I filmed it on New Year’s Eve seven years ago.  Who and what do we allow into our lives? Why do we allow people, thoughts, issues, and events into our minds that we would never invite into our homes? Feed your mind. Create your life.  Happy New Year!


For more about community building and sustainability,
look for my new book,
Community as a Safe Place to Land,

due out the beginning of 2019. More information to come.


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<strong>The paperback price on Amazon is now $14.99 and the Kindle version stands at $5.99. Consider it for a faculty orientation or a mentoring program. The accompanying videos would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.</strong>

My podcasts: <a href=”http://stevepiscitelli.com/media-broadcast/podcast&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>The Growth and Resilience Network®</a> (<a href=”http://stevepiscitelli.com/media-broadcast/podcast&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>http://stevepiscitelli.com/media-broadcast/podcast</a&gt;).

My programs and webinars: <a href=”http://stevepiscitelli.com/programs/what-i-do&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>website </a> (<a href=”http://stevepiscitelli.com/programs/what-i-do”>http://stevepiscitelli.com/programs/what-i-do</a&gt;) and (<a href=”http://stevepiscitelli.com/programs/webinars”>http://stevepiscitelli.com/programs/webinars</a&gt;).

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