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“There is no education like adversity.” Benjamin Disraeli What a wonderful, empowering frame of thought Disraeli presents us with in this quote.  So often, in my work, I find the approach that most make toward addressing an adversity is dread.  But, as I have witnessed many times, there is a transformation that takes place when one looks at adversity as an opportunity to actually learn something.  The transformation that takes place is one of perspective and mindset.  If you truly believe that you can learn something from whatever problem faces you, you are releasing your creativity and giving it permission to search out, analyze, and formulate solutions.  And then, what happens is, instead of being faced with a reaction to adversity,Continue Reading

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Pepper de Callier: Things to Think About I can’t help but ponder the difference between these three types of people, especially as we enter into such an important election cycle. And, who better to turn to for guidance in clarifying this very important distinction than Socrates? My hope it that this quote from Socrates will help you as you consider for whom to cast your ballot. It’s also a wonderful guide in everyday life. Here it is. “Smart people learn from everything and everyone,Average people from their experiences,Stupid people already have all the answers”. So, please consider this column a public service message as you apply its wisdom to your evaluation of the candidates. Good luck on your journey!Continue Reading

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“Yesterday, I was clever and wanted to change the world.  Today, I am wiser and want to change myself.”  Rumi, Sufi poet Stop for a moment and think about Rumi’s words.  To me, he is talking about the maturation process of critical thinking.  It begins with a very broad horizon, and through self-reflection gets narrowed to the real core of wisdom.  Many of us would really, truly like to change the world, but for most of us, that scale is not realistic.  What is realistic?  What makes common-sense?  It all begins with the core—you.  We have known for many years that we become what we think about.  So, staying with this quote, where do you begin?  You begin with yourself. Continue Reading

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“No one ever listened their way out of a job.”  Calvin Coolidge Sage advice for those of us who might want to improve our listening skills.  In my work with leaders, I find that one of the most common complaints I hear from subordinates is that they just don’t listen to us.  The leader in question always has the “right” answer and will interrupt or speak over anyone trying to suggest another point of view.  That’s okay, some might say, and because I am the boss, I can do this whenever I want.  True, but…  The problem soon becomes on that the boss cannot talk their way out of.  Why?  Because people will stop trying to offer solutions and theContinue Reading