To Be a Patriot

“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

Old Dog, New Tricks

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

Revolution?

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?

What Am I?

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?

Things I Don’t Understand: American Christianity

“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

You’re Empowered

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