Grandeur in This View of Life

I wrote recently on my search for my next great read. Life is better when in the middle of an absorbing book. Years ago my mother bought me a copy of The Autobiography of Charles Darwin. I am in the mood for a biography; ready to learn from the life of someone with such influence on... Continue Reading →

An Evening with Peter Senge

Last night I attended an evening talk with Peter Senge at Saint Mary's College near my home. If someone asks me when I first discovered my passion for organizational development work, I point to Peter Senge's masterful book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization. That was 25 years ago. I still... Continue Reading →

Resonant Leadership

I recently finished reading the management business book, Primal Leadership. I have followed the authors, Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee for years connecting to their work on Emotional Intelligence. I enjoyed this book on several levels and do recommend it. Their leadership model is research-based and accessible. The six leadership styles they present are fully explained... Continue Reading →

Engineering and Art

A lack of imagination ... or more accurate, shunning imagination, limits us at work. Imagination fills that sometimes large "empty chasm between noble aspirations and disappointing results."  Managers need be technicians and indeed, artists.  Here is a quote from one of my favorite organizational development resources. "Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership" by Lee G. Bolman and... Continue Reading →

What is Your Backstory?

Nice milestone yesterday. I hit the 25,000 word mark (actually 25,789) toward my goal to complete and win NaNoWriMo. For National Novel Writing Month the goal is 50,000 words during the calendar month of November and nothing will stop me.  This is the challenge to get me on my way to completing my first novel next... Continue Reading →

Bring on November and the Rest of My Life

New routine. 5:00am. Coffee. Feed cats. Outside and down the driveway. Look up. Stars, planets and inspiration. A few minutes pass. I return to the warmth of the house with coffee in hand and cats in tow. I head to my writing spot. I begin. I write. My routine is set.  Few blog entries recently as I prepare for... Continue Reading →

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