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(Issue #591) Offering a Question or a Judgment?


We do not start the dialogue discounting the other person…. I’ve written before about the importance of authentic questions and the power of epistemic curiosity. They inextricably connect to one another and lead to sustained cognitive effort to learn and … Continue reading

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(Issue #561) Age and Wisdom: Questions For Your Consideration


Circumstances change. Does wisdom and the vessel of that wisdom change as well? Katherine Esty’s EightySomethings: A Practical Guide to Letting Go, Aging Well, and Finding Unexpected Happiness and  John Leland’s Happiness is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year … Continue reading

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(Issue #531) Questioning Normal


What is it? What was it? Will it return? And maybe more importantly, should it return as it was? During the last four months, certain words and phrases have become commonplace references. Like: Abundance of caution Crazy times Essential Flattening … Continue reading

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(#457) Responsibility: Important Questions to Consider


This week’s blog post draws on the fifth core value from Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019): Act with RESPONSIBILITY toward others and ourselves. Our personal dreams and challenges give us direction. Our actions (or inaction) create our reality. The … Continue reading

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(#430) Reality? Question the Buddha


Everyone talking or interrupting and not much listening. People speaking what they want to hear. Ignoring all else. Continuing my theme from last week’s post… We find inspiration in surprising places if we choose to stop, listen, and reflect.  This … Continue reading

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(#333) Questioning Risk


It’s OK to go into uncharted and murky waters. Diving in headfirst is optional. When you think of the concept of “risk,” what comes to mind?  For some it may be bold and reckless venturing into the future. It could … Continue reading

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(#305) Listen. Question. Grow.


“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” -Epictetus- “Question everything.” -Einstein- Three things conspired to inspire this week’s blog. This past week I traveled to Gainesville, Florida to record … Continue reading

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(#159) Question-Collaborate-Question-Collaborate


We need people who will stand up and question when most others remain silent. Silence is not always an indication that all is well. It could be a warning sign that the so-called leadership has stymied a culture of curiosity, … Continue reading

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(#144) College Retention and Persistence: Ask the Correct Questions


Before we can solve a problem we have to ask the right questions. Today I facilitated a workshop session at the 32nd Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience.  We examined why students stay in college and why they might leave … Continue reading

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(#54) College Completion: Asking the Right Questions


While in Austin, Texas last week, I took part in a focus group conducted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Thirteen invited guests, along with the facilitator, explored the question of how to increase community college persistence/graduation rates. For … Continue reading

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