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I hope you find these entries as enjoyable to read, as I find them enjoyable to write…

Dupre Family Reunion

Posted by on Jul 30, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 3 comments

Dupre Family Reunion

Farn and I just returned home from our Dupre Family Reunion near Bridgton, Maine at the Nawandyn Estate on Highland Lake. No one in our family lives up in Maine but it has a special meaning to the Dupres. As children, we drove there from the Midwest every summer to spend several weeks hiking, swimming in lakes, climbing Mt. Washington, and braving the freezing ocean.  

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Pasteling

Posted by on Jun 30, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 6 comments

Pasteling

I love art. I’ve loved it since I was a child and our house was filled with interesting paintings. I used to stare at them and wonder how difficult it would be to paint them.  Though none of the paintings were done by my mother, she was the one who taught me to draw. We would sit down with a large piece of paper and she would draw a squiggly line on it that connected at both ends. We would then see how many pictures of animals, faces, and just about anything we could find in the squiggly lines. I was totally captivated. She also taught me how to draw with charcoal and I remember winning a state contest when I was in high school.

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Owning Up

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 15 comments

Owning Up

I’m feeling the need to own up to something. This has been a difficult period in my life and for the most part I’ve kept quiet about it. A few people I have shared this with but not many. I’m not sure why I’ve kept quiet but maybe I’ve been protecting myself. I’ve used this blog as a way to focus my attention on other things and that’s helped me remain positive. But I guess I’m ready now to open up.

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Not Coaching

Posted by on Apr 27, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 1 comment

Not Coaching

When I was consulting, I was never hired by an organization to coach a manager. Instead, I was brought in to strengthen a team, improve a process. or change the culture. The work often led to coaching, but not always.

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Theater of the Absurd

Posted by on Mar 31, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 8 comments

Theater of the Absurd

My wife, Farn, and I were reminiscing about our early years together recently and all of a sudden remembered an incident that we hadn’t thought about for years. It’s a funny story and I’m in the mood for capturing something with some humor in it.

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Blue Highways

Posted by on Aug 26, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 4 comments

Blue Highways

Traveling has always been a major part of my life. When I was growing up, our family used to pile into our VW bus and we headed from the Midwest to Maine every summer. I would always sit up in front with my father and be his navigator. I fell in love with maps and being on the road early in my life.

Later, I read a book written by William Least Heat-Moon entitled Blue Highways. The title of the book refers to the back roads on maps—major highways were red and small, back roads were blue. The book is about Heat-Moon’s travels around the United States on back roads. I remember reading it with a road atlas open in front of me, tracking his progress. That book stirred my interest in traveling.

It’s fun to think back on my most memorable trips. Hiking with Farn in the Dolomites in Italy about 10 years ago with Backroads, a hiking company, is probably my most memorable trip.  The Dolomites are absolutely gorgeous and Backroads runs a top-notch hiking experience. But there are other favorite trips such as the one Farn and I took in Hawaii when we were younger. We hiked for two days to get back to a private beach along the Na Pali Coast in Kauai. We set up our tent on the beach, took showers in the waterfalls, and ate mangos from the trees.

Another trip that stands out was a business trip that I took down to Patagonia in Argentina. I was facilitating a meeting of Mattel managers. When I got off the plane, I remember noticing the clarity of the sky against the mountains. There was simply no pollution in the air. I had never seen anything like it—clear, crisp, and beautiful. It was like a painting.

One more……my sister, Susie, her husband, Tom, and their two boys joined Farn, me, and our two boys on a sailing trip in the British Virgin Islands years ago. We spent a week on a sailboat going from island to island. Our skipper became a part of the family on that trip. We still listen to the reggae music that he introduced us to.

Despite my love for the outdoors, I also enjoy nice hotels. My days of setting up a tent are almost over. It’s difficult to select my favorite hotels—much of it has to do with the circumstances. Clearly, my favorite hotel chain is Fairmont, up in Canada. I’ve stayed in Fairmont hotels in Ottawa, Lake Louise, Banff, and Victoria. All of them superb. But if I had to pick my absolute favorite hotel, it would be a tie between the Pulitzer Hotel in Amsterdam and the Wickaninnish Inn, near Tofino, out on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

There are still trips that Farn and I want to take. We’d love to take a small boat up through the inland passage to Alaska. Or explore the rain forest of Costa Rica. If I get stronger from my illness, Farn and I want to sign up for another Backroads trip. Maybe we’ll also take a road trip across the country to pay respects to the book that got all of this going. But in retrospect, I’ve been fortunate to be able to scratch my travel itch as much as I have.

 Do you have any favorite travel experiences to share? I’d love to read about your favorite hikes, train rides, hotels, or whatever, if you’d like to comment.

 

Family Dynamics

Posted by on Feb 26, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 7 comments

Family Dynamics

I was recently chatting with a friend and she asked me what led me into organizational consulting. I thought about it for a few moments and then responded…

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Tapestry of Thoughts

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 8 comments

Tapestry of Thoughts

I recently created a book of all of my monthly blogs that I’ve written going back to February 2012. There are 84 of them. I spent several hours reading through the book. As I was reading, I began to discover that the book is like a non-sequential memoir. These blogs contain my values, what I care most deeply about, and who I am. They are just captured more in stories than teaching points. So, as I was reading, I decided to pull out statements that did a good job of defining me.  Here is what I came up with…..

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Toughest Jobs

Posted by on Dec 31, 2018 in Blog, Featured | 5 comments

Toughest Jobs

I got together with some old friends recently and introduced a fun game for us all. I asked everyone what were the “toughest” jobs that they have ever had in their lives.  (more…)

Grappling with Groups

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in Blog, Featured | 4 comments

Grappling with Groups

Back in the 1970s, I was trained to run sensitivity- training sessions when I was in graduate school at UCLA. (more…)