Category Archives: growth

(#411) Perhaps, A Human Good Citizenship Test?


If only we treated our fellow human beings (citizens of the world) with the same dignity as the CGC expects of its participants. This past week Roxie and I passed the “final exam” for the Canine Good Citizen certification (AKC).  … 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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(#405) Communication or Statement?


Are we listening to others—and to ourselves? One activist described communication as understanding someone else’s experience and presenting a point within that experience. “Even the most elementary grasp of the fundamental idea that one communicates within the experience of his … Continue reading

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(#401) Improv and Leadership


Incompetent and fear-based managers rely on rigid scripts. Sam Wasson’s Improv Nation: How We Made a Great American Art provides lessons for transformational leadership. As early Improv players experimented and developed the art form, they learned the power of two … Continue reading

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(#397) A Blogger’s Retrospective: 2017 in Review


May you create, share, and savor powerful moments in the coming year and beyond. While sitting in an Austin hotel room at the end of May 2010, I wrote my first post for this blog. At that time, I had … Continue reading

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(#392) He Made Me A Better Version Of Myself


Charles, thank you for being there for so many of us. Thank you for reminding us of the importance of humility, hard work, personal fortitude, paying attention, listening, and mostly, being human. You made me a better version of myself. … Continue reading

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(#386) The Paddle Out


Sometimes we have to plow through rough water to find our happy places. The first part of each ocean kayak adventure involves the paddle out. Before I can enjoy the smoother ocean waters, I have to get through the breakers … Continue reading

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