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Board Meeting Rules of Engagement

Get to the point, no speeches or long stories. Be prepared, participate. Be open-minded; have a sense of appreciative inquiry. Lighten up. Focus on the problem, not the person. Limit side conversations, texting & emailing; step out if you must chat or take a call. Pick your fights: focus on important points and don’t nit …

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James Lee’s Legacy

My cousin, James Lee Clinton, was as Texan as they get. He loved his Texas sports teams, his cattle and the prairie. And he loved people so much he never met a stranger. He loved life enough that he didn’t let a little physical detour hold him back. James Lee was hit by a car …

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Squeak has died

I’ve just learned that Squeak Van der Linden has died. This is old news to most. He passed on some time ago. But being distant from my home town, I receive the news as if it has just occcured. You can’t believe the feelings and pictures swelling up inside me. I can smell the dirt …

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Thank you, I deserved that

We read recently about a psychology professor (always experimenting, you know) who picked a dozen acquaintances at random and sent them a message: “Congratulations, you should be very proud. I’m delighted to hear about it.” The professor promptly received 12 thank you notes reporting promotions, credibility, sports accomplishments and the like. Some even expressed surprise …

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Everyone has a Kathmandu

She did it. Ricki told her boss she was taking some time off, packed her office knick-knacks and walked out on a prestigious Fortune 500 international management position to take a year’s trip around the world and visit Kathmandu. How many readers would like to do something similar? We know most of you would because …

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Change Fatigue

Change (chanj) v. To cause to be different; transform.Fatigue (fa-teg’) n. Physical or mental weariness due to exertion. The following unscientific numbers from our own observations of client behavior over the last few years portray an interesting perspective on change and change fatigue: Percent of Organizational Leaders Declaring Significant Change Fatigue: Executive Level Leaders 35% …

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Thru the Eyes of a Child

I am accused, on occasion, of careening through life with a childlike view of circumstance. I laugh in the face of missteps while taking most ventures on with a sense of daring, optimism and excitement. I see humor, vibrancy and mystery in most of what I choose to do. Unlike a child, however, I do …

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