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Enough Being Quiet

Posted by on Oct 28, 2018 in Blog, Featured | 5 comments

Enough Being Quiet

I’ve always been reluctant to share my political views. I tend to keep quiet. But right now I’m about to burst. I think my reluctance came out of childhood. I grew up with extremely liberal parents. I heard stories at home about Norman Thomas, the Socialist, Bayard Rustin, who organized the March on Washington where Martin Luther King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, Eleanor Roosevelt, and other well known people my parents knew. It became a part of my life. But I was quiet about it. While we lived on college campuses that were liberal and progressive, it’s as though there was an invisible...

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Both Sides of the Coin

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in Blog, Featured | 3 comments

Both Sides of the Coin

I’ve been thinking back over my consulting career quite a bit lately. It’s because Tony Petrella died recently in a boating accident. He was the President of our consulting firm, Block Petrella Weisbord (BPW), where I spent almost 20 years, starting in 1980. Tony, more than anyone else, was the one who was instrumental in shaping our unique and successful consulting firm. I got a call recently from someone writing a book on consulting firms and he asked me what made our firm, BPW, so unique. I remember my response to him: We did not go into a sales call with a prescribed way of doing...

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Looking Through the Lens of Family

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Blog, Featured | 5 comments

Looking Through the Lens of Family

I lay in bed this morning thinking about both my immediate family and my extended family. In my immediate family, my wife, Farn, and I have two sons who are married and have 5 boys between them, aged 6 years old down to 8 months old. It’s more difficult logistically for us all to get together with the kids so young—yet we work at it. Being together is an important aspect of our life. In my extended family, I’m the oldest of 5 boys with one older sister. We all gather every other year for a family reunion with all our kids and grandchildren. My father is still going strong at 98 years old. I...

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Capacity to Chomp

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Blog, Featured | 7 comments

Capacity to Chomp

One of my all-time favorite writers, Jerry Harvey, died three years ago today– August 1st, 2015. He was the author of The Abilene Paradox as well as one of the best titled books around, How Come Every Time I Get Stabbed in the Back, My Fingerprints are on the Knife? His writing in Organization Development helped shape my own writing more than any other person and I miss him dearly. In 1981, my mother went back to graduate school when she was in her 60s to get her Masters in Social Work at Catholic University in Washington DC. She asked Jerry to write a letter of recommendation to the...

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Dancing in Africa

Posted by on Jul 1, 2018 in Blog, Featured | 7 comments

Dancing in Africa

Recently I was watching a movie on TV entitled Get On Up, a biography of the R&B singer, James Brown, starring Chadwick Boseman, a great actor who has also starred as Jackie Robinson in 42 and in Black Panther. Seeing the movie rekindled a memory that I thought I’d share. When I was in college in the late 1960s, I decided to get out of the Western world for a year and study in Africa. I had never been overseas and I wanted to go somewhere new and exotic. So, I got accepted in a one-year program at Fourah Bay College in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on the west coast of Africa, for the school...

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Reflections on His Life

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Blog, Featured | 7 comments

Reflections on His Life

I can’t tell you how many of my friends have told me, “ I wish I had done a better job of capturing my parents’ stories before they died. I just wasn’t interested in hearing those stories until it was too late. It’s such a loss.” One thing that I feel good about doing with my 97-year-old father is encouraging him to write very short reflections of his life and memories. I call them one-pagers—just short, crisp stories. Dad is totally computer illiterate so I told him that I would edit them, type them up, and keep them in a file on my computer. So, he began cranking out his hand- written...

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