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Those of you who know me well, know that I very easily fall into brooding and can succumb to the pity party. “It’s too hard” “I’m not good enough, smart enough, talented enough….blah blah blah.” Positive thinking will not get me out of the dullness of the blah, blah. Remembering that I am connected to...
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I admit, reading this headline triggers a mixed response. Much of my life has been automatic responding to external controls. Reading Dr. William Glasser’s book, Choice Theory, it’s abundantly clear that most human interpersonal relations are built on external control. Our culture is frantically searching for whom and to what is to blame for this...
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Successful people get stuck. But, only 100% of us. And in our stuck arena, we are far less resourceful. Hope you enjoy this video short (90 seconds) as our cartoon maestro, Steven Fischer illustrates the stuck state: Stay tuned for in the coming months as we are proud to present the Momentum Playbook, with tools...
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There is an elephant in the room. You’ve heard that one, right? That phrase has always annoyed me to some degree. The team identifies the presence of the elephant and yet carries on with the agenda, ignoring the implications. If there is an elephant in the room, let’s talk about her. Let’s face up to...
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It was a hot day in Chicago. As I walked East, I decided to enjoy the beautiful garden cared for by the Seniors at the Mather center. What a lovely spot to take ten minutes to meditate from a heart of gratitude and the goodness of my highest aim in life. Scorching heat but a...
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Let’s lose the phrase, “fake till you make it”. The lowest band on the freedom guide (soon to be published)  is pretend. For in pretend, we feel we have arrived. Fake is weak. Pretend is a form of pride, no matter how lowly its domain. And yet, “fake it till you make it” points to...
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Sometimes winning feels like losing. My longtime friend and colleague, Catherine Morgan, founder of Point A to B Transitions, shared her story of being caught off guard by the intensity of the letdown after her TEDx talk. In fact, she uses the word melt down. Have you ever experienced similar? I sure have! I was...
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The mind is not the brain. The brain may be command and control, but mind is an activity present in every nerve, cell and atom.  Mostly, we are unaware of this activity. I for one, have been often  oblivious to this ever present, powerful activity. I’ve known of this conceptually, cognitively, and could even pontificate...
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Who’s in charge? This is often a painful question for me to answer, because clearly at times there is no one taking responsibility for our choices. Who is the “our” I refer to? For example, when I say,  “I told myself not to”. Who is the “I” telling and who is the “myself” being scolded?...
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The word confidence means “with faith”. It surely is not absence of fear. If we wait for fear to depart before we stand up and speak, we wait forever (or never). Courage means “with heart”, again, not the absence of fear in the least. Rather its setting aside something of a lower nature (our concern...
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Our zeal to destroy the tares can damage the wheat crop. The master parable teacher tells us they must grow together for a spell. Must. Though delivered as a spiritual message, this truth has practical, business application. Our desire to expand our territory also sheds light on our shortcomings. If we stay in the cave,...
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You’re probably familiar with the classic story of Dicken’s Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge has a transformation after being visited by three ghosts revealing his future trajectory. Can this awful fate be altered? Another chance? Mr. Scrooge goes from miserable, miserly and self-centered to charitable, compassionate and determined to make a difference in the life of...
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Yes. Our culture has a huge bias toward science. There are signs, posted on lawns with a set of axioms, one of which is “science is real”. I understand what they are driving at, it’s a political comment aimed at the climate change deniers. Still the absurdity and shallowness of these axioms astound me. Science...
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“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”– Eleanor Roosevelt We love to win. Flip it, we hate to lose. This love/hate relationship with winning can cause frustration, isolation, and ultimately stagnation. If we allow it to! In the momentum process, this tension becomes a slingshot to ever greater joy, fulfillment, as well...
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It’s serendipity for me that Karen Jaw-Madson appeared in this season of my career. For over 20 years, I’ve held the core belief in power of the individual to make a difference and impact their world for the better. Hopefully, my work has inspired and given some tools to do just that. But I admit,...
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The word “culture” is bandied about in business, politics, the sporting teams and even the family. We know culture is important, even essential for an organization of any size to thrive, or even to survive. Yes, we acknowledge the importance, but often talk as though culture is an object, a thing, and we are somehow...
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A Leadership Journey Through Hope, Despair, And Forgiveness “The rain fell, the torrents raged, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because its foundation was on the rock.” – Matthew 7:25 The storms of life come and pass. Promise. But resilience is more than just weathering the storm...
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I am still inspired by my conversation with Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres. As Cheri gives us her professional background, she mentions her first encounter with Appreciative Inquiry. Cheri had been facilitating experiential learning for years from an appreciative viewpoint. They focused more on strengths and what was working and worked to build on that...
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Hope you enjoy and benefit from my conversation with Judy Ringer. Judy is a 3rd degree black belt in Aikido. She draws from the metaphor, the movement and the principles of Aikido to help us move through conflict effectively. She calls it conflict transformation. The mindset she advances smoothly is to use conflict (unavoidable) as...
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