Responsibility Junkies

“If it’s never our fault we can’t take responsibility for it. If we can’t take responsibility for it, we’ll always be its victim.” Richard Bach Some of us are responsibility junkies. We can’t carry enough responsibility, so we go looking for other people’s responsibility to carry as well. Ironically, everyone around us,...

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Stories That Bind Us

“Storytelling is important. Part of human continuity.” Robert Redford I love listening to the stories of my family, whether they predate me or not. Although, being the youngest I do love to be the center of attention and so I prefer stories that involve me! One of my favorite family stories is my mother’s memory of my grandmother’s funeral. Several priests...

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Universal Truth

“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” Buddha A few years ago I learned about the golden ratio and Fibonacci numbers. The Fibonacci sequence begins with the numbers 1 and 2. Here is how the sequence works: 1 + 2 = 3 2 + 3 = 5 3 + 5 = 8 And you keep going, adding the last two numbers of the...

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Getting Playful!

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Plato I could have easily quoted Jimminy Cricket for this post as well, “Just whistle while you work!” Our spirits come alive while we are playful. We experience light-hearted euphoria – dancing around the office or breaking into a chorus of song or...

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Curiosity – the path to getting unstuck

“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.” James Stephens My business partner, Brian, is amazing at seeking and receiving feedback. He constantly reminds me that we need to put together feedback forms and use them at the end of our training sessions. He devours them and carefully gleans information that points to what is working and what can be...

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What’s Been Going Well?

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.” Tom Peters We filed into the conference room for a two hour meeting about the results of our program audit. The results were not that positive. The director of the program rotated between sitting and standing as she hammered on us the importance of documentation, training and holding people accountable. She spent an...

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