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Community Building

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in Blog, Featured | 8 comments

Community Building

Farn and I recently invited our neighbors over for an Open House…some late afternoon wine and appetizers. It took about 15 minutes of effort to write an email to all of them inviting them over. And everyone came. We hadn’t seen anyone for months and it was fun to get caught up, share stories, and laugh together. Afterwards, I was thinking about why this has taken so long. A lot of it has to do with where we are in life. For almost all of us, our kids are living somewhere else, we’ve retired or are close to retirement, and we’ve developed our own little patterns that are hard to break. I...

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Helpful vs. Sharing Husband

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Blog, Featured | 4 comments

Helpful vs. Sharing Husband

I read an interesting article a few years ago written by a woman. In the article, she was saying that when she asks her husband to help out, he always says, “Sure, I’d be glad to.” “Honey, would you please take the garbage out?” “Would you put the kids to bed?” “Would you do the laundry today?” “Would you pay the bills this month?” “Would you cook this evening?”….”Sure, I’d be glad to.” But then she realizes that the responsibility still resides with her. She notices the things that have to be done. And her husband doesn’t so she has to ask him. A “sharing” husband would do those things...

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Wake Up

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Blog, Featured | 8 comments

Wake Up

I woke up this morning missing work. Not so much the travel but I miss walking into an organization and having to be “on.” I loved giving talks on subjects that brought out my beliefs and values, working with teams, designing and conducting workshops—things like that. I didn’t always have successes. I fell flat on my face at times, but I feel fortunate to have worked my entire career doing something that I believed in. As I was lying in bed, I was remembering a talk that I gave at Cray Research, a supercomputer company up in Minneapolis back in the 1980s. I was young and relatively...

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Sabbatical

Posted by on Dec 2, 2017 in Blog, Featured | 14 comments

Sabbatical

Hi everyone, I’ve decided to take a break from writing my blog. Consider it a sabbatical. I’ll return in the spring with some new stories to share. I’ve written 72 one pagers that I began sharing with you every month since February 2012. That is almost 6 years ago! I just need a break. I’ve told stories about my consulting life, acts of courage and leadership in organizations, the need for more positive storytelling, and my concerns about the speed of organizational life and the need to slow down. I’ve also told personal stories about my mother’s poetry, our family reunions, my father’s...

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Back to the Future

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Blog, Featured | 4 comments

Back to the Future

I graduated from high school in 1967. That meant that this year was my 50th high school reunion. If I was going to attend, I had to choose where to go since I spent my junior and senior years in Lawrence, Kansas, my sophomore year in Detroit, Michigan, and my junior high years in Grinnell, Iowa. I had already missed the reunion in Lawrence so I decided to head back to Grinnell for our reunion on Homecoming Weekend, September 29th-30th. It didn’t really matter that I hadn’t graduated from Grinnell High School— my old friends hardly even remembered. Grinnell is a small college town smack...

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A Losing Battle?

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Blog, Featured | 8 comments

A Losing Battle?

One of the things that drives me crazy is seeing people with their smartphones up to their faces, totally absorbed by Facebook or Twitter as they ignore everyone else around them. I know that I’m old fashioned, but I still find it rude. It’s become addictive behavior. There are two incidents that have stayed with me over the past several years concerning this issue. In the first, I was getting ready to teach a Masters class in Organization Development at Antioch University. I went into class the first day and there were 10 students sitting around a big table. One of the students had his...

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