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Attitude Adjustment

We never think we have an attitude problem.  I truly believe we generally don’t willing go into a situation or circumstance wanting or with a bad attitude.  It just sneaks up on us, and WHAM, there we are mired in an attitude that will almost a...

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Vol. 2.11 – Protecting the Public’s Trust

Aug 10, 2012

When I became a civil servant many years ago someone asked me did I understand what that meant?  I probably looked like a deer in the headlights and muttered something like, "Well..., I work for the State (of California)".  I was immediately ...

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The Reality of 50: Wake Up and Smell the Paints

Aug 6, 2012

Can I really reconcile myself to doing something I love that I’ll never be great at? Is it better to have painted and sucked or never to have painted at all?

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Vol. 2.10 Kindness Matters

Jun 25, 2012

The lack of caring or kindness is endemic -- it exists in politics, workplaces, schools, and in our homes.  If one acts out of kindness oftentimes they are accused of being "soft"?  I beg to differ, if employees are treated with kindness, tru...

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Vol. 2.9 Are We Progressing or Regressing?

May 27, 2012

When I started work with the great State of California over forty years ago, there was a structure and an accepted way of doing things.  Granted it was a bit rigid, but at least most everyone played by the same set of rules.  I began my "illu...

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Anna Quindlen and Me

May 23, 2012

She wasn’t the prettiest, the thinnest, the most popular girl but she was really smart and seriously focused and as ambitious as any of the guys. These were the heady days of feminism after all. Anna was a sister.

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Reinventing The Wheel

Apr 23, 2012

This message, my subconscious, spoke to me so clearly I could hardly get through the words without crying. ‘Go. Get off this hamster wheel. Go get some fresh air, a new outlook on life. Go get some exercise, refresh your career, re-charge your spiri...

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Vol. 2.8 "The Better Angels of our Nature"

Apr 20, 2012

Those were the closing words used by Abraham Lincoln in his first inaugural speech in 1861 when the country was divided over the slavery issue.  It seems appropriate at this moment, when our country is  torn by ideologies, to talk about ...

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Vol. 2.7 Culture Matters More Than Strategy

Apr 11, 2012

Like I have not said this enough, but yes, I am going to say it again -- PEOPLE MATTER!!  In the workplace or your own personal life -- people are the most important ingredient. Companies spend boatloads of money developing strategies -- from the ...

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Vol. 2.6 Blame-Storming

Mar 26, 2012

A few years ago there was a commercial on the television which showed a group of executives sitting around a conference table.  They were holding a "blame-storming" session.  Obviously something had gone terribly wrong at their company and si...



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