Category Archives: Connection-Disconnection

(Issue #513) Nosie: The Ear Of The Beholder


How do you tune out the noise and allow in the useful and timely? Time to resurrect a post from three years ago this month. The topic: noise. And what we can do about it. It’s all around us and … 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 #485) Human Beings with Human Challenges


Benefiting from human connections. Effective teachers understand that they never know what questions or dilemmas a student will bring through the door. In addition to academic issues, students (just like the rest of us) always have a bag full of … Continue reading

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(Issue #484) Nutritious People and Purpose


The key is to understand the story and the associated people, because there can be a danger if community devolves into tribalism.  I have written of energy vampires. I’ve even recorded a song about these dastardly beings who “suck the … Continue reading

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(#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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