Category Archives: Communication

(#442) 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. While dichotomies can be simplistic, they can also help frame a conversation. When you seek a community, toward which end … Continue reading

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(#438) You May Not be the Gift in the Room


Effective collaboration rests on the ability to share the stage. In the early 1990s, the public high school where I taught created a committee called the “Shared Decision-Making Committee.”  I was tapped as its first chair.  The stated mission of … Continue reading

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(#435) Community Requires Respectful Communication


You better think. A few of the reviewers for my forthcoming book, Community as a Safe Place to Land, noted that a community will be hard pressed to exist without respectful communication. Respectful. Indicative of politeness or deference. Communication. Communication … Continue reading

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(#433) Verifying 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.”  2012: Maybe it is the heat of the political campaign season. 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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(#427) 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. Transformation does not just appear. It requires vision, thought, communication, respect, difficult questioning, and better listening. Transformational leaders help orchestrate that … Continue reading

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(#422) Ask. Listen. Act.


Noise abounds as people tell us what we should and should not. Perhaps we do the same to others. I stood in the back of an auditorium in New Mexico.  In ten minutes, I would be introduced to an audience … Continue reading

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