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Oh, go fly a kite!

I love to fly kites. They trace the invisible wind, in technicolor. Watch them go all in a tizzy during a blustery wind. Even the gentlest breeze has sass. The wind becomes something you feel in your fingers, see with your eyes. When Casey was 6 or 7, I took him out to fly his kite. […]
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Instead of a slide deck, next time try a story

This is a story about a story. It begins with a 53-page PowerPoint deck that looked like it had been spliced together by 20 people. Because it had. The CEO was hours away from sending it off to the home office and it was nowhere near presentable. She told me to put my best writer […]
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‘I feel’ — wake-up words

“I feel …” The rest of the sentence changed my week. In retrospect, though, the first two words were the most important. The full sentence: “I feel like we’ve gotten nothing accomplished in the last two weeks.” This from a coworker who has burned the midnight oil on a project of critical importance to the […]
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Why don’t my friends think exactly like me?

I see some of my friends’ Facebook posts and wonder: I know he’s a good, smart, open-minded person. How could he possibly support that greed-head Romney? I assume my friends who support Romney wonder something similar about me. Most of us follow the maxim of not talking about religion and politics in social settings, but […]
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“The Checklist Manifesto” has a hold on me

My organization has a Leadership Forum every quarter for 300 to 400 managers and supervisors. I’ve helped plan and put on more than 30 of them now. For almost every one, there was drama with the slides. This dates back to when slides really were slides — the kind that went up on overheads. Let’s […]
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Inspiring words on MLK Day

I am inspired by quotes. My all-time favorite, Margaret Mead: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does. Today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the controversy over an out-of-context quote at his D.C. memorial allowed TV annd radio to replay one […]
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How I trimmed 1,900 messages and never felt hungry!

I reduced my work inbox from 1,904 messages to zero over the weekend. I can’t tell you the peace of mind. Back about 1,800 inbox messages ago, I started to fret. The scrolling screens of red unread messages were my hamster wheel. A thousand inbox messages later, I felt symptoms of drowning each time I […]
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A book for resolve: Change or Die

Change or Die by Alan Deutschman was referred to me by a physician who is using its ideas to help her patients make life changes (thanks, Deb). It was an ideal read to usher in a new year, a new decade and a new phase in my career. Many of the change ideas were familiar to […]
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Poet brings vision statement to life

Tears of pride welled up yesterday as I watched a corporate video. A corporate video! Diane Gage-Lofgren, our national VP of communications and PR, had asked a poet/performance artist  to bring life to our communication team’s new vision statement. A stroke of genius. I will forever have a visual and resonant image to add soul […]
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Filmmaker’s advice for great business storytelling

Filmmaker Peter Guber (Rainman, Batman, The Color Purple) once used storytelling to win Fidel Castro’s support for filming in Havana Harbor. The official application form had been torpedoed, but El Presidente enthusiastically endorsed the project once he heard Guber tell of the harbor’s historic significance and Castro’s responsibility to the world to share that piece of […]
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