Category Archives: Critical Thinking

(Issue #490) Calling for Deliberative Dialogues. 


Acknowledge common ground to build a more unified and proactive community. Every day we find ourselves bombarded by lots of talking.  When fortunate, we get to hear and engage in real conversations. Speaking, listening, questioning, listening, responding, questioning, listening, and … Continue reading

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(Issue #483) Think in Reverse


Ask yourself what you need to do to create what you do not want. Wasn’t it Einstein who said that if we keep doing the same thing and expect different results, we’re idiots?  Well, I’m sure he didn’t use the … Continue reading

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(Issue #479) Lessons by the Numbers


Six short video strategy lessons. This week’s blog evolved from a former student. She reminded me of a guitar metaphor I used in class to highlight six dimensions of growth and resilience. That got me thinking about videos I had … Continue reading

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(Issue #476) Red Team Analysis


Reaching critically reviewed, dissected, and discussed decisions may require creative thinking about how to do it. Critical thinking, though, is not a synonym for creative thinking. I received a reminder about the simple eloquence of critical thinking during a recent … Continue reading

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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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(#452) Cognitive Distortions


Can you say, “fake news”? Or “leading statements”? Or “inferences based on limited information or examples”? In their book The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, Greg Lukianoff … Continue reading

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(#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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