Can you afford to fail?

I recently read “Poke The Box” (Affiliate Link) , Seth Godin’s newest and first Domino book.  While I found the book to be oddly laid out and organized, I did find a number of very useful ideas throughout and many that got me thinking.  One of those ideas, is from a small section called “This Might…

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Shooting Free-throws: Cultivating a Practice Ethic

March Madness I caught a bit of ESPN this morning and saw a player from the UCONN women’s team practicing free-throws.  My mind quickly leapt to the stories of Larry Bird (hey I’m from New England) practicing 500 free-throws before school each day, then to Michael Jordan’s legendary practice habits.  While his physical gifts helped…

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Reflective Practice

Reflective Practice is defined by Donald Schon as “the capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning”. All the kids are doing it And by kids I mean masters. Aside from the fact that prominent thinkers such as Schon, John Dewey and Jean Piaget have been talking about…

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Three Words – 2011

I’ve been a bit busy over at Human Business Works since I joined in August of 2010 and we are working hard to grow peoples capabilities. The real thrust behind everything we do over there is about looking for opportunities to lift people up, provide opportunities for them to learn, connect, share and be successful.…

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Be Helpful

I saw this Tweet from Tom Peters the other day and the first line struck me immediately. Being helpful is something I think about often and in fact train people to consider often in their work in supporting families through something called the Touchpoints approach. Touchpoints Dr. T. Berry Brazelton is a pediatrician and the…

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Up Too Late: Bad Parenting

We let our ten year old stay up too late last night.  I think it was 12:30 when he and his mom and I finally went to bed.  I am sure there will be consequences.  In fact, this morning he woke up and one of the first things he said was, “that movie was intense”.…

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Listening Differently

I have been reading Trust Agents by Julien Smith and Chris Brogan and as often happens for me when reading a new work, I take something away that feels slightly askew of what the book is about.  One example of this in Trust Agents, is where the authors talk about the tools that the interwebs…

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I Lied To You Last Night

As we sat together, you not feeling well, you asked me if I knew where there were any headphones.  You were looking to engage in something that might serve as a necessary distraction from *blech* and simultaneously not “bother” me. I said, “No.” It wasn’t entirely untrue.  I didn’t “know” for sure. But was in…

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100 Word Reflections – Stress and Self Awareness

In the face of stress and disorganization I go silent to find strength, to give me some space.   I get quiet.  I get calm.  I am thinking about implications, about next steps, about actions, about relationships, about who I need in this moment, about what will support me, about what I can do and…

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100 Word Reflections – Passion and Preparation

I gave a speech a week ago. I had passion about something, expressed it and hoped that passion would carry the day. In some ways it did. While preparation and knowledge are not substitutes for passion, neither is passion diminished by preparation. But that’s what I was thinking. I was thinking I knew exactly what…

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