“THE HILL WE CLIMB” – INAUGURATION 2021 POEM BY AMANDA GORMAN

  Did you catch Amanda Gorman’s poem the author read at the Inauguration? If not, I suggest you YouTube it and listen.  Have everyone in your household join in as well. It would be easy to discount the poem because of politics.  Tune it out because you voted for the other guy and were dismayed by the outcome. But this poem is rich with images that caused me to reflect.  Am I being the best neighbor and citizen […]

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A FULL, SATISFYING LIFE – ASK YOURSELF

Joe Ehrmann was a pro football player who spent his adult life coaching football with underprivileged kids.  His amazing success has been documented in several books.  My favorite was “Season of Life” by Jeff Marx. Ehrmann says there are five questions one must answer to have a full, satisfying life.  They are worth considering. The five “I” questions to ask of yourself: 1. Identity:  Who am I? How do you describe yourself in the world?  Your […]

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THE HEARTBEAT OF HARD CONVERSATIONS

THE HEARTBEAT OF HARD CONVERSATIONS Here’s a piece of parenting advice that doubles as leadership advice. It comes from Hal Runkel, a guy who wrote a book called “The No Scream Parent.”  He was asked to describe his mindset when having a confrontation with a teenage child. He said that was easy.  “When having a potentially hard conversation with my teenager, I have one primary goal.  I want to have and to keep the slowest […]

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THE HEART OF THE MATTER

THE HEART OF THE MATTER “The world needs competent people with the heart to keep showing up, day in and day out, and often on the night shift, to do the hard work. This inner work of embracing both passion and vulnerability is essential to cultivating a heart that can withstand all the pain and complexity and still show up to help make a difference.” — Shelley L. Francis, Author, “The Courage Way:  Leading & […]

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LESSONS LEARNED FROM 9/11 – THE POWER OF COMMUNITY

If you’re old enough, you remember where you were when you heard.  The bad news rolled in and accumulated like a bad storm.  First, the north World Trade Center, then the south World Trade Center tower.  Then, the Pentagon.  Other buildings were badly damaged in New York.  Finally, news that a fourth plane was wrecked in Pennsylvania.  Its apparent target was the nation’s capital building.  Courageous passengers, aware of the other targets, fought the terrorists […]

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ARE YOU INSPIRING YOUR TEAM TO PULL IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?

Ed Orgeron is the head coach of the Louisiana State University football team. He comes off as a rough, tough guy from Southern Louisiana and is not counted routinely among the elite coaches in the game.  He doesn’t exude the same polish or articulate the complexity many coaches describe. But currently they are the fourth ranked team in the country, and, in a recent interview, his players describe why he’s effective. It comes down to […]

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Constant, Transparent And Courageous Communication

“A leader that won’t listen to others will eventually be surrounded by people that have nothing to say.” – Andy Stanley What’s the climate like at work? I believe that communication ought to be constant, transparent, and courageous.  The stage for those three things to happen is set by a leader who listens well. The best teams communicate constantly.  Encouragement flows.  Teaching and sharing are mainstays.  Total, constant communication means everyone takes their turn and […]

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LEARNING – IMPLEMENTATION – TEACHING

“Get it. Got it. Give it!” Was listening to pastor Rick Warren talk about growing spiritually. He said those of us who are growing are doing these three things. “Get it” is the learning stage.  We read books.  We ask questions.  We stay open to upping our game.  If we are improving in life, we are open and “getting” more to build upon. “Got it” is the implementation stage.  It’s one thing to be exposed […]

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BUILDING A LIFE THAT MATTERS IS AN EVERYDAY THING…

“How you live your days is how you live your life.”  – Annie Dillard Your life will mount up to your daily efforts and habits.  If you intend to create a life that matters, you will make the most out of most of your days. I recognize that sentence sounds obsessive.  But, it’s truthful nonetheless.  When you look around and consider what they have in common, I bet the list looks something like this: Consistent. […]

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Detailing The Small Things Could Have A Big Impact

“When I consider the tremendous consequences from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things.”  – Bruce Barton   As I reflect upon this statement, there is so much truth to it.    So much of our life is defined by little things.    When we study accidents in our plant, it’s usually a brief lapse or small details that aren’t attended to which cause the event.  So often we hear […]

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