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Don’t Write in the Margins

Don’t Write in the Margins

  “Don’t write in the margins.” I can hear my third grade teach even now. This was the year when we went from tablets (Big Chief tablets for those of you that remember) to the big boy, grownup COLLEGE RULED paper…the loose-stuff that I had envied in the binders of the…

Just Making a Deposit

Just Making a Deposit

Two stories… ONE:  I went to the bank, the drive through. I sent my stuff through the tube. I got back a receipt. The teller asked me if I needed anything else. I said, “Nope. Just making a deposit.” I handed over my little bit of money and left it with a…

Leadership: Fundamentals, Science, Art

Leadership: Fundamentals, Science, Art

I’ve recently been asked by a student to describe the basics of leadership. That’s a really good question. I am woefully short of the brain power and expertise to develop “irrefutable” precepts. BUT, I do think there are subjects with which a good leader must wrestle and develop proficiency. Here…

Puppies and Dogs: Creation Energy vs. Maintenance Energy

Puppies and Dogs: Creation Energy vs. Maintenance Energy

  Creation energy versus maintenance energy…leaders do themselves and their followers a great disservice (and maybe some damage) if they don’t consider both. Here is what I mean. This story, true to my household, has been repeated in countless others. The opening line of the tale: We bought a puppy. Sound…

What’s the Real Story?

What’s the real story? Just like a great newspaper article, leaders are always responsible for getting to the point…for defining the most important idea…for finding the lead. Here is a portion of a 2007 interview with Nora Ephron, award winning author and screenwriter. Question: “Were there teachers who were pretty important to you?”…

I Need a Yardstick…

It’s amazing how much stuff we measure–everything from sports statistics to website hits. It seems like everything has its own set of metrics. Everything has its own ruler. Teachers have grades. Football refs have yard markers. Businesses have spread sheets. They even have a laser trained at a spot on the…

What’s in a Word? (part two)

Here is the conclusion of the article I started in the last post. (I promise…my next post will be 500 words or less…no I mean it). For more context, you may want to read Part One below. Need/Want This is a big one. We have made these terms virtually synonymous. Thanks to…

What’s in a Word? (part one)

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter – ’tis the difference between the lighting-bug and the lightning.                                                                                  -Mark Twain Words mean something. In fact, I am a HUGE believer in finding the correct word for the purpose. A good vocabulary is…

No Pain, No…well…No Pain!

Let me begin with a radical comment: No one likes pain. (And you needed to read a blog for this?!) We do almost everything we can to avoid it. We have a pain avoidance reflex. It’s evident in the flinching when a foul ball comes into the stands. It’s the…

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