Dad

There are so many kinds of deaths — some tragic, some a relative blessing. Living a full, long life is a blessing. Nonetheless, saying goodbye to a parent is nothing short of unspeakably hard. I feel pain like I have never experienced before. Moments of sadness hit randomly throughout the day. It is difficult to express in…

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Both And

“Go ahead,” she’d say, while she kept typing away on her computer. She and I had a number of important company issues to discuss, and I’d scheduled a set of one-on-one meetings with her. But every time we got together, she barely paid attention to what I was saying. After several of these meetings essentially…

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A Learning State of Mind

“New York is like poetry — it compresses all life, all races and breeds into a small island and adds music.” –EB White When I was in New York City recently attending meetings, I found myself reminiscing about living in the city in my twenties. The thought suddenly hit me that New York offers just…

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I Hate Feedback. Don’t You?

Whenever anyone asks me, “Can I give you some feedback?”, my stomach churns. Whose doesn’t? I think this question came from a feedback training class in the 80s. It should have stayed in the 80s, like big hair did. Though it’s supposed to communicate the desire to be helpful, we all know it usually means…

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What Michelangelo Taught Me About Learning & Development

I visited Florence, Italy this past September. Seeing the unfinished statues by Michelangelo was one of the highlights. He called them “Prisoners” because they were unfinished, unrealized. Some people think that Michelangelo deliberately left them incomplete to represent the eternal struggle of human beings to free themselves as they discover more about themselves and who…

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