“The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I Am Not A Virginian, But An American!” ― Patrick Henry Throughout our history, the word patriot has been used is many fashions. We hear the word used today, generally as a self-proclaimed label. What exactly is a patriot, and how do we … More To Be a Patriot
Recently, I watched a DVD of one the last films I saw in the movie theater, pre-pandemic. It got me wondering when, or if, I would ever experience another movie theater film. Life has changed mightily in my 63 years. Overall, life is easier and more convenient, but I would not say universally better. There … More The Change Up: Good or Bad?
Maybe not new tricks, but new attitudes. Past a certain age, the wiring is certainly hardened, but something incredible happens. The brain, if the soul is on-board, can find new paths. We spend a lifetime building our internal infrastructure, repairing and sometimes replacing it. A lot like our road system. Our attitudes and values mostly … More Old Dog, New Tricks
Aim for the stars, we are told. Your aim may exceed your reach, but you will achieve more than you hoped possible. Generally, good advice. Do no sell yourself short. Be all you can be. Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T.S. Eliot … More Outkicking Your Coverage
You say you want a revolution Well, you know We all want to change the world You tell me that it’s evolution Well, you know We all want to change the world Lyrics by John Lennon How apropos since it is nearly Independence Day, since we are celebrating our own version of revolution. America is … More Revolution?
Labels are often wrong. Most people are much more than a single word or a phrase. When you assume a person is a narrowly defined element, you are also assuming what you think they believe fits into a neat compartment. Lots of things go wrong with assumptions. People are strange and often complex creatures; they … More What Am I?
For a long time, I believed that if the message was good, and you communicated it clearly, people would hear it. So why is that not always true? There might be many reasons why good information is tuned-out or entirely missed. First, it could be the way we communicate. Of course it could be the … More When People Stop Listening
“As Christians, as those who follow and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, let us pray throughout the day and all of these proceedings. Pray for our nation, pray for our leaders, and pray for President Donald J. Trump,” said Franklin Graham. “It’s a day of shame for America. The media is calling the Democratic-led … More Things I Don’t Understand: American Christianity
There’s a line between employees needing to ask permission and allowing them to make decisions. The line varies depending on what the issue or circumstance, but a recent example made me think about my own employees. Empowerment builds trust, confidence and ownership. It also builds loyalty. Sometimes employees ask because they don’t know, other times … More You’re Empowered
“Acting strategically requires that political leaders make clear what they will stand for and what they will not stand for. We must mean what we say, to both allies and foes.” Do you read this book because it was written by a four-star general who commanded troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan, or because he … More Jim Mattis: Call Sign Chaos