The Gilligan Effect

Have you ever told your team “OK let’s brainstorm…” and then the free flow of great ideas didn’t exactly flow?  Maybe the environment or timing was not quite right.  Maybe the presence of  executives made it too risky to share freely.  Maybe you just needed a good dose of the Gilligan Effect. There’s a good chance…

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The smoking monkey

Summertime in the 70’s offered a kid several advantages over kids growing up today. You could ride your bike anywhere you wanted to, stay out all day, and blow stuff up with fireworks.  Oh yeah, they were legal.  Someone’s older brother always had access to cherry bombs, roman candles and bottle rockets, and we would…

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Moments that matter

My first volunteer experience was forced upon me.  OK, maybe “forced” is too strong a word, but I didn’t exactly volunteer to volunteer.  I was 10 years old and my brother Jeff was 11.  Our mom was a psychiatric nurse at Extendicare, an assisted living facility in southern Indiana.  My brother and I were off…

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Clearing the bleachers

Clearing the bleachers could be a glorious description of a home run ball landing in the San Francisco bay outside AT&T park.  In one of my childhood little league games, it meant something completely different.  It was an important playoff game in the 12 and under division.  Our Farm Bureau Co-op team was up against…

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It ain’t about you

“It ain’t about you!!” is an often exaggerated tagline from Dr. Phil, but when you really think about it…it’s good advice.  The world is a better place when we consider others before ourselves.  My personal perspective got an adjustment last night, and it came in the form of a speech by a young man named…

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