Category Archives: Connection-Disconnection

(#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 … Continue reading

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(#424) Connections


“Marriage has no guarantees. If that’s what you’re looking for, go live with a car battery.” – Erma Bombeck – Random thoughts about the power of connections. On those times when we take chances, when we risk stepping outside of … Continue reading

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(#407) 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. An upcoming speaking engagement reminds me of a truism when it … 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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(#362) Small Acts of Gratitude


“Silent gratitude is not much use to anyone.” – Gertrude Stein – Saying “thank you.” Giving a cheerful “good morning!” Expressing appreciation. Providing a hug, emotionally if not physically.  Each of these requires a tiny investment of energy.  The result … Continue reading

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(#361) Where’s My Trophy?


How would you develop a meaningful and effective employee recognition program? What represents “average” and what looks like “excellent” at your workplace? Transformational leaders understand the importance of timely, authentic, and meaningful employee recognition.   The leader knows her people … Continue reading

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(#320) No Need To Be An Island


Regardless of your calling or situation, collaboration and communication are powerful forces. There is no need to be an island.* One aspect of teaching that I enjoyed was that each time I entered the room with my students, I could … Continue reading

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