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Huh? Listening in a Deaf World

Our world is deaf. It is not from the inability to hear but the refusal to listen. Shouting. Name-calling. Interruptions. They are all signs of the times. The first presidential debate of 2020 put it onstage in living color. The candidates acted as if they were two third-graders shouting ridicule at each other on the school playground. (I apologize for the insult [...]

By |2020-10-03T20:25:32-05:00October 3rd, 2020|Leadership, Reflections|0 Comments

Decision-Making 101: The Two-Book Solution

How do you solve problems? Few think through their processes. Problems become the bicycle wheel of life, going through the same cycle. Sometimes, you get lucky. Many times, too much time, too much money, and too much brainpower gets exhausted. Let me introduce you to a problem, one prevalent in the work-from-home residue of COVID-19. It is a problem suffered by many. [...]

By |2020-06-27T09:21:36-05:00June 27th, 2020|Leadership|0 Comments

Know Thyself: A Process for Progress

“Know thyself.” The Greek maxim snaked its way through history. Some old but unknown philosopher said it and moderns repeat it. Many a young man or woman has been told: “know thyself.” Fast forward centuries to the Globe Theater on the south bank of the Thames River. One night, a play by the shining star of the stage, William Shakespeare, came to [...]

By |2019-11-12T23:00:31-06:00November 12th, 2019|Leadership, Life Observations, Personal Change|0 Comments

Taking an Easier Journey: The Value of Process

The Chinese proverb counsels, “a journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step.” It pictures a massive journey. A thousand miles stretch from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River. Few would consider filling up the gas tank and drive the whole distance. Most would find places to stop. They break the trip into steps. When our daughter lived in [...]

The Case for Gray Hair: A Review of [email protected]

It started in 1881. Prussian president Otto Von Bismark developed a radical suggestion. Retirement. In a time when people worked until they dropped dead, it was a departure. Von Bismark’s idea was different than the modern conception. His argument was "those who are disabled from work by age and invalidity have a well-grounded claim to care from the state.” Fast-forward to the [...]

By |2019-01-19T14:49:12-06:00January 19th, 2019|Books, Leadership|0 Comments

How to Use December Well: Review Your Life

December’s cold winds signal changes. For animals, they head to caves to hibernate. Humans light fireplaces and eat comfort foods. December for me is also a time to review the past year and prepare for the next one. I am a believer in reviews and accountability. Why Review The Year? So why, in the hustle and bustle of a rushed December, take [...]

By |2018-12-08T14:13:49-06:00December 8th, 2018|Leadership, Life Observations, Reflections|0 Comments

When You Can’t See, You Need This

One afternoon, as I got out of my car to enter the library, I saw it. What you need when you cannot see.   A woman got out of the car next to me and met a man on the other side. He was carrying a red-tipped white cane, the sign that he was blind. The woman got next to him, and [...]

Bright Lines: A Simple Way to Keep Your Life In the Road

I live in Dallas, TX where there are two passions—The Dallas Cowboys and road construction. I cannot travel 2 miles without coming across safety cones. (I wish I had invested in that industry three years ago!). One nagging issue I face is the absence of lines in the road. Lanes bob and weave, merge, disappear, or shift, all with no white stripe [...]

When Wasting Time is the Best Use of Time

Almost every productivity site/guru/book/lecture says that same thing. Never wasted time. Pack your day and don't let anything fall to earth. After all, Benjamin Franklin told us, "Do not squander time for it is the stuff life is made of." With all due respect to Franklin, sometimes the best use of time is wasted time. Recently, I was making a trip from [...]

Stop Reaching Goals: Do This Instead

Are goals worth it? I have listened to the advice and read the self-improvement posts, books, and filed away my share of seminar workbooks. They preach a single sermon while the choir echoes the refrain. Make goals. Write them down. Look at them. Meet them. Celebrate success. I’ve done my share of making goals and even accomplished many of them. I have [...]

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