Which end of the binoculars are you using?

There’s an old joke that goes like this: How do you catch an elephant? You’ll need a pair of binoculars, some tweezers, and a milk bottle (shows how old this joke is that it contains a milk bottle). Hide in the bushes and wait for an elephant to come by. Look at the...

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Bad Bosses

If you don’t see it, it will manage you. If you do see it, you can manage it. I read a statistic recently that most people will have a bad boss for approximately 80% of their career. I can guarantee that those 80% of “bad” bosses don’t think they’re bad bosses. So,...

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“We can never know about the days to come But we think about them anyway” --Carly Simon I’ve been fortunate enough to spend July and August at our vacation home in Colorado. I’ve done a lot of walking, a lot of writing and reading, a lot of listening to the river. The...

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The Invisibility of Whiteness

Growing up, I always felt I didn’t have a “cool” heritage like other people. Some kids had big extended Italian or Greek or Irish or Polish families with weird food on the holidays and interesting traditions and beliefs. Then I met and married my husband who is...

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Leadership Lessons from a Liberal Arts Major

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry I read a lot about leadership. A lot! Every leadership blog or website or book...

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Step forward or step back?

In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety. --Abraham Maslow The first time I thought I was grown up was after my mom died. I was 21, just finishing college, gone through a tragic event. I thought to myself, “I’m...

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