Looking For Connections

In just about any social situation that we enter, we look for connections to others.  It’s a bit like a game of ‘where do I know you from’, but truly it’s a search for shared context. Connections make you feel like you belong to the same club and that’s really what we long for, to…

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Local Business Can Compete with Amazon

Amazon’s $5 Deal Perhaps you’ve heard the story about Amazon dispatching an army of smartphone wielding shoppers, enticed by $5 and discounts on items.  Shoppers go to local retailers to scan products with Amazon’s Mobile App, see that they get a better deal on Amazon and walk out of the store empty handed and the…

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Thoughts on Chris Brogan’s Twitter Unfollow Experiment.

Disclosure #1:  I work with Chris at Human Business Works. Disclosure #2:  Sometimes I disagree with him, it’s what makes HBW work. The Experiment Chris posted about the status of his Twitter Unfollow Experiment, citing at one point in the post, A lot of what I do with each social media tool set is experiment.…

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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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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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What do you really do with it?

I’ve been reading Chris Brogan and Seth and Jon and Darren and Marc for awhile now.  Each site is wonderful and unique and keeps me coming back for different reasons. Recently I have been following Jon’s posts about deliberate practice.  It’s one of his three words along with focus and something else and yes, he…

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5 years

I’m coming up on my five year anniversary in my position as Executive Director of a social service non-profit in Maine which serves children and families. Truth be told it’s a few months away, but I have a tendency towards nostalgia. I don’t remember if the interview committee asked me about where I want to…

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Overachiever

Merriam-Webster defines Overachiever as: one who achieves success over and above the standard or expected level especially at an early age. This sounds only partially accurate to me, based on how the term seems to be used in our culture. I was recently having a conversation with a friend who happened to be labelled an…

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A Bit Behind…

January is the new December. I’m not even sure December happened with all of the preparation and travel and busyness of the holidays. When I look at my calendar I can see that I had meetings.  I can see the results.  I know that at home we lit candles for Advent…but I didn’t experience Advent. …

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