Dear Collaborations of Consequence, Happy Book Day to YOU! You came into the world one year ago! You were delivered in several very heavy boxes and as a PDF online. The gestation period for a book is hard to determine. It took 16 years or 15 months or some duration in between for you to arrive. Bringing you into the world was its own birthing … Continue reading Happy One Year Bookday
I’m changing this blog because I’ve been badgered into it. The Blog won’t leave me alone. It wants to be something else and won’t tell me exactly what that is. This is not how “They” say it is supposed to work. Blogs are supposed to be written by People Who Have A Focus – a niche like in the wall of a fancy bathroom- containing … Continue reading Emphatic beats dubious. Or how The Blog badgered me into renewal.
I’m working on a new focus and format for this site. I’ll be doing a “soft launch” and then announcing on Twitter once I have enough content to share. My earlier blogging experience taught me that I was interpreting the “Publish” button as a “Perfection” button. Running your work through a perfection filter is a sure way to guarantee doubt, procrastination, analysis paralysis, and meager … Continue reading Changes Afoot
The first two weeks of August my family went on a camping road trip from our home in Maine to my brother-in-law’s wedding near San Diego. It was the first two week vacation I’d taken in at least five years. It won’t be that long before I do it again. Here are are a few lessons I learned (or was reminded of ) while on … Continue reading Learning from Vacation…about Work
Have you ever felt total safety revealing your heart to strangers? No? Me either. At least not until I took what felt like a daring leap and joined a coaching circle through U.Lab. The coaching circles are groups of 4-5 people who meet weekly for 75 minutes. Each week a different person presents a case that is current, concrete and important. The case giver is … Continue reading What’s your posture?
Tomorrow at 9am Eastern, ULab participants are joining in a collective moment of stillness. The intention is to reconnect to the global community many of us are experiencing in during the course. Stillness is radical. Our world and habits teach us to fill the space of each moment, meeting, and meal. The chatter in our minds reflects the noise of the outer world. Practicing silence and stillness … Continue reading Seven Silence Strategies
I continue to be in awe of the Theory U process and the experiences and reflections brought about by ULab. This is not a lighthearted romp. It’s captured me and many others. Writing is part of the journey so here goes. Smartly, the course designers set us up with a full week (Week 0) of orientation. Our work centered around setting goals and intentions for … Continue reading Lighting a Fire in the Blood
Do you do anything special to start a new year? I usually spend the first week of every year engrossed in post-conference survey data analysis and adding my tasks to our team’s work plan. This year I only worked half time over the holidays and got to do other things. One of the things I did was unexpected and full blame credit goes to my … Continue reading New Year’s Collage
Today Facebook provided me with my year in review, saving me the trouble of reflecting on the year myself. (Ha!, nice try, Facebook!) Facebook’s look back at my year bears little resemblance to how I experienced it. Facebook missed many high points and all of the low ones. Tis the season for looking back over the year and thinking about the next one. Despite … Continue reading One Year, One Thing
It’s Fire Prevention Week so this post is in honor of my dad, a retired firefighter and fire prevention educator. Herosim is about concern for other people in need, a concern for defending a moral cause knowing there is a personal cost or risk…and you do it without expectation of reward. The quote above is by Phil Zimbardo, PhD, President and Director of Research for … Continue reading Lessons from Dad on making a difference