Category Archives: Communication

(#384) Without Relationships What Do You Have?


These bureaucrats failed to establish a basic, meaningful, and respectful relationship with us. My latest appearance on The Morning Show (TV 4) in Jacksonville, FL explored a strategy to examine life goals: The Second R.E.A.D. The video of the week clip below … Continue reading

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(#382) We All Live Downstream


Does your community resemble a collection of isolated islands? Maybe you can be the bridge builder for a movement to unite. Hurricane Irma reminded us again of the power of community.  Times of emergency bring people together. Whether by reaching … Continue reading

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(#381) Before and After the Conversation


Conversation presupposes an interaction between two or more people. Synergy can develop with due consideration. Collaboration can result in movement for improvement. Ever notice how what passes for conversation usually is anything but conversation.  Look around and you will observe … Continue reading

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(#375) Capacities for Community Growth and Resilience


A community needs to be vigilant; to continuously deepen and develop capacities for sharing, cooperating, and growing. Last week, we looked at the broad topic of community—factors that define, foster, and hinder it. Let’s drill down a bit. Have you … Continue reading

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(#374) Can A Community Be Inclusive And Like-Minded?


When dialogues devolve into collective monologues do we miss out on our shared identity? We hear, see, experience, and read about divisiveness. Common ground seems difficult to reach with the shouting voices, pointing fingers, and mean-spirited attacks. Fear, disgust, and/or … Continue reading

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(#370) What’s Your B.M.I. (Bureaucratic Mass Index)?


Has your bureaucracy morphed into a soul-sucking and resilience-retarding beast? Bureaucracy catches a lot of heat. “The Bureaucracy.”  When something goes wrong….blame it on “The Bureaucracy.”  Of course, “The Bureaucracy” provides the structure. The people (the bureaucrats) make it move … Continue reading

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(#368) Fake, Illegitimate Or Incomplete Information?


Just because you find a lot of information does not mean you have found accurate or credible information If, as famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright claimed, “An expert is a man who stops thinking because he knows,” then can we say … Continue reading

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