The Charlie Brown Approach to New Year’s Resolutions

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Peppermint Patty: Have you made a New Year’s resolution, Chuck? Charlie Brown: Remember how I used to dread the whole year? Now I’m only going to dread one day at a time.  —from A Charlie Brown Christmas Chuck is onto […]

The Gift of Generosity

2017-1220 Rafting

I recently lost a very good friend to cancer, someone I had known for close to 40 years. My friend was a dynamic spirit who filled her life with adventures. At her celebration ceremony, many people from different interests in […]

The 6 Most Dreaded Words—”Can I offer you some feedback?”

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Shauna and David, both consultants, just made a presentation to a client. David gave the strategic overview and Shauna provided the implementation plan. Afterwards, on the way back to the office, David says, “Shauna, can I offer you some feedback?” […]

The Art and Science of Listening


  Great leaders listen. They don’t just hear, they actively listen. When you are talking with them, they make you feel like you are the only person in the world. Many of our interactions are transactional information exchanges, yet there […]

Finding a Leadership Lesson in my Garden

2017-1017 Butternut Squash

I have a butternut squash growing between the branches of my big azalea bush in the front yard. I didn’t plant the butternut, yet one seed somehow survived a year of mulling in the composter with my kitchen scraps, grass […]

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