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The Pursuit of Better Conversations: A Thanksgiving Perspective

There are a few things that are either black or white. But very few. Most of the time almost everything is defined based on perspective. Thursday many  in the United States will enjoy a holiday tradition that has come to combine turkey and the National Football League. We’ll argue the blurry line between solid defense and pass interference. … Continue Reading

Want To Predict The Future? Follow The Vision

The mid-seventies motion picture All The President’s Men popularized the phrase follow the money. In the dramatization of the political scandal that became known as Watergate, the informant referred to as Deep Throat offered this phrase as the key to identifying those responsible for the dirty trick. Questions about the events surrounding the 1972 U.S. … Continue Reading

A CEO’s Formula For Progress In a Changing Marketplace

“Move more. Assume less.” This was the response of a CEO friend when asked about his success in turning around a consulting firm on the brink of extinction twenty-two months earlier. Don was retiring, and he was reflective. “In the early days we were determined to meet the market at its point of need. That … Continue Reading

The Currency of Communication

Volume can be misleading. Increasing the decibel level is no guarantee a message will be heard. Exercising the loudest voice in the room doesn’t equate to connecting with anyone. Bigger and louder — shake-the-ground-you-stand-on-boom notwithstanding — doesn’t ensure anything will resonate. And siren call aside, the same is true for even the most seductive distribution … Continue Reading

A Few Thoughts on Thankfulness

Thankfulness is a decision. It is borne of perspective that transcends personal experience, and resists seeing life through a built-in-ever-present corrective lens. Thankfulness has no agenda. It is poured out in response to an awareness of what constitutes true richness. It is not a day. Or a season. It cannot be measured, and it does not … Continue Reading

Dialogue Is Dead (And Our Ability To Disagree Is Disappearing)

I remember when we used to be able to disagree. Friends could vigorously debate, and go home friends. We could go to school, work alongside, and build neighborhoods with folks with whom we held differing views, values and convictions. We could even talk about it. Those were the days. But that kind of dialogue may be dead. These … Continue Reading

Slowing Your Roll Is Good For Your Soul

For many, this season precipitates slowing down…at least sporadically. A good thing, since the blur brought on by frenetic pursuit tends to distort perspective. Slow down enough, and the things that matter most are pretty easy to focus on — family…true friendship…peace (and quiet)…joy. If we slow enough we might even see the new year … Continue Reading

Want To Instigate Dialogue and Lead? Choose Your Words Carefully.

Words matter. If the goal is to connect and build bridges, you’ll choose them carefully. They set tone, dictate parameters and conjure experiences that shape interpretation. The right words can comfort, support, strengthen and inspire. They can tap into memories and stir new dreams. Yet, for all their power, they are imperfect and incomplete. Packaging … Continue Reading
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