I Wish You Knew

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Perhaps you have seen the video circulating on the news about the 3rd grade school teacher, Kyle Schwartz, who gave her kids the assignment to write a response to the phrase, “I wish my teacher knew.” You can view the ABC news story about it, by following the link below. Being children, they wrote some [Read More]

Ordinary or Extraordinary – No Decision

The following was provided by guest contributor, Tom Heuer, the Richard A. Forsythe Chair Of Entrepreneurship, at Miami of Ohio University. Think about the message. It may forever change the way you do things going forward. Ordinary – a word everyone disdains, but a condition most people accept. Crazy – maybe. Recently, I had invited a student [Read More]

A Lesson in Caring

Last month, a childhood friend passed away. The announcement of his passing was not totally unexpected, as he had defied those odds for years. For you see, a diving accident when he was a 15 year old star athlete had left him a quadriplegic. He remained wheelchair bound the remaining 45 years of his life. [Read More]

One Thing That Never Changes – And Needs To

If you remember, fifteen years ago about this time, we were on the verge of worldwide catastrophe. Troops were not on the march, nor were missile silos being readied. No, the world was about to end, when the calendar changed to the year 2000. Because the date program in computers had been programed for only [Read More]

Blinded to the Facts

Like many, I have been interested in the circumstances in Ferguson, MO. Like most, I could not take an oath about what really happened, because everything I know about it, is at least second hand. Yet it seems that an enormous number of people seem to believe they do know the whole truth of the [Read More]

What Is The Truth

One thing that political ads remind me of is how frustrating it is to try to believe in and follow someone when honesty is in question. Ad after ad, from both of the major parties, seem to cite fact after fact about how the opponent is misleading voters with claims which are not true. It [Read More]

Don’t Overlook The Feedback

Oh how easy it can be to miss a golden opportunity to get better. A few days back, I was a participant in a class at a YMCA, where the instructor was in the last stage of becoming certified to officially teach the class going forward. The person doing the certifying announced this to everyone, [Read More]

Success = Believe in Who You Are!

It is very easy for businesses today to lose their way, as change of all kinds is occurring endlessly and no enterprise is immune from its impact. Guest contributor Tom Heuer, a professor in the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Miami of Ohio University, has graciously provided some winning approaches, designed to help organizations [Read More]

A Lesson From The Trails

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I recently returned from a week long getaway in New Mexico. Truly spectacular country! While there, I was able to do one of my favorite things, which is hiking. And the foothills and mountains of New Mexico are wonderful places to hike. Long ago, I was taught by a very sage and experienced hiker, that [Read More]

Reflections of The Leadership Challenge Forum 2014

After attending this year’s annual conference, I wanted to share some highlights and personal reflections about it. Research about and application of The Five Practices remains vibrant and growing. Here we go. 1. The focus on this year’s conference was related to the practice of Challenge The Process. Recognizing, confronting and overcoming adversity were clearly [Read More]