Tag Archives: reflective practice

(Issue #521) Sunrise, Clouds, and the News


Some people and groups focus on the darkness and what might happen. Others ignore warning signs and look only at what they consider to be brightness. First, the sunrise. I have found the best time to view sunrise on the … 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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(#391) Hotdogs, Weak Signals, and Promising Practices


What signals need to be heeded for the future? How can you move “best practices” to “promising practices”? One legend holds that a baseball scorecard salesman introduced the hotdog to the baseball park. The story unfolds in 1905 when Harry … Continue reading

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(#358) “I Don’t Want To Burn Out”


How can we raise our awareness, question our assumptions, and create meaningful actions for improvement? One researcher found that 29% of American employees say they thrive in their jobs (or 71% do not thrive).  A study out of the Stanford … Continue reading

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(#339) Learning From The Low Vibrations


At times, we find ourselves caught up in the low-vibrations of negativity and defeatism. Draw on the strength within, around, and above. Nine words. As I read my editor’s comments and reread my entire manuscript, nine of my words jumped … Continue reading

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(#294) Benefits Of Remaining A Continual Learner


It can help us fill in gaps between assumptions and realities. A few months ago on this blog I posed the question, “Do we take time to experience what our customer, client, or student is experiencing?” Regardless of your profession or … Continue reading

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(#291) Befriending Ourselves


Think of your favorite novels.  More than likely the protagonists did not follow a straight line from the beginning to the end of the story. Your life journey is the same. You are the hero of your story. This past … Continue reading

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(#284) Gaining Clarity


We would do well to surround ourselves with people who care about us— but won’t allow us to skate by with minimal reflection and action. I first read about the Clearness Committee  (Quaker tradition) in Parker Palmer’s works. This powerful … Continue reading

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(#255) Did You Make A Difference? How Do You Know?


While this blog post speaks specifically to my teaching colleagues, we can all draw inspiration and clarification when we stop and examine what we do. On my campus, we have two weeks of classes and a week of final exams … Continue reading

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(#247) Applications and Reflections


Just consider the hourly wage of each person tied up in a workshop.  Is the R.O.I. worth the lost wages and service? I have written elsewhere on this blog about the benefits of meaningful professional growth opportunities and collegiality.  Today, … Continue reading

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