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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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(#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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(Issue #510) The Third Grader In The Room


Posing questions sets up a vulnerability of sorts. Publicly admitting, “I don’t understand. I need you to help me.” Why? Simple question. Why? Seeking additional information to explain a situation. Why? We have heard young children ask that question as … Continue reading

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(Issue #506) Thoughts About Curiosity


Where can you ask, “What if?” How can you allow “yes, and” to help you grow? Imagine what you can do. Walt Disney reportedly said, “When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.” Curiosity allows us to … Continue reading

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(Issue #504) The Fragile Beauty and Randomness of Life


A terminal illness is a lens through which that which matters most can shift into perfect clarity. Anger and sorrow do not dictate my life. -Marina Pomare Kaplan- This past week our community lost an intelligent, bright, and giving soul. … Continue reading

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(Issue #501) A Blogger’s Retrospective for 2019


May you create, share, and savor powerful moments in the coming year and beyond. -Happy New Year. Scroll down to view my Gratitude Video to you.- While sitting in an Austin hotel room at the end of May 2010, I … Continue reading

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(Issue #497) End-of-Year Review: The Six Ds


How does your 2019 retrospective set the stage for your 2020 journey? In thirty days, we will be staring at another set of New Year’s Resolutions. Lofty expectations we set for that better version of ourselves, our teams, and our … Continue reading

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(Issue #491) Premonitions and Weak Signals


“The point is obvious. There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches….” -Ray Bradbury-  Weak signals tell us that what had been best practices are about … Continue reading

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(Issue #489) Opportunities to Notice


The range of what we think and do Is limited by what we fail to notice And because we fail to notice That we fail to notice There is little we can do To change Until we notice How failing … Continue reading

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