Category Archives: Life lessons

(#453) Beyond Hope


We articulate what we want to see happen. Yet that does not finish movement to improvement. I have been hearing and reading sentiments like “there will never be progress” and “there is no hope” and “all hope is lost.” Often, … Continue reading

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(#450) Respectful Relationships


Respectful relationships help build lasting, meaningful, accepting, loving, nurturing, and sustaining communities. As I wrote Community as a Safe Place to Land, I had the opportunity to speak with transformational people in communities from Savannah, Georgia to Celebration, Florida.  Each … Continue reading

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(#448) Flexibility


  NOTE to my followers.  This will be my last post for 2018.  Next week in this space you will find my annual end-of-year retrospective.  Thank you for following, commenting, and sharing my posts.  I appreciate you. May you end … Continue reading

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(#439) Are You Paying Attention to the People in Front of You?


Collaboration does not come from telling, yelling, or selling people. It comes from considered conversation. Four quotes that remind us to pay attention to the people sitting at the table. “Who are these people and what do they want?”—Jim Young … 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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(#437) Your Meeting Deserves a K.I.S.S.


Keep It Simple and Short Do an internet search for “effective meetings” and you will find a few suggestions. About 185 million. Is there a “secret sauce” for an effective meeting? A few questions to consider as you plan your … Continue reading

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(#436) Facing the Worst. Preparing for the Best.


Once the conversation started, no one was going to stop it. Two NOTES to my readers: Tomorrow, October 1, begins Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This week’s blog post honors the month, those with (and who have had) breast cancer, the … Continue reading

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