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It got cold fast here in DC. This morning it was below freezing. That’s me and my faithful companion, Sita, in the park around 06:45 today. I am always amazed by how she likes the cold. It’s her German blood, I am sure. Her breed is bred to work outdoors in the hills of Germany. …

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Learning

Learning is a core competency in organizations today. In the podcast mentioned above, I talk with learning expert, Celisa Steele, on new competencies for leadership, the difference between sustaining innovation and disruptive innovation and what it takes to lead for collective impact. When I majored in mathematics during college, I always felt like what I …

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In Memory

I attended a vigil last Thursday, the day before Matthew Shepard’s ashes were interred at the National Cathedral. Matthew was murdered in a hate crime 20 years ago because he was gay. Here in the USA, we suffered several tragedies in the last week, and so I am inspired to write of the importance of …

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A Personal Code

I have long used a Venn Diagram of three circles to explore my purpose in life. You see it in the image above. I recall being told by a therapist once that people primarily focus on just one of these: taking care of themselves, being engaged with their families or their work. And that they …

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Are You Up for the Challenge?

I am fortunate to be working with some of the most forward-thinking association leaders, both professional societies and trade associations. My clients are taking on some of the most critical issues of our day including: What is the value of certification and how must it adapt to the 21st century so that it is no …

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Time Out with Sita

I am compelled to retreat to Nature periodically, Whenever possible I take my canine companion, Sita. That’s her last weekend taking a good look at something behind me. I rented a primitive cabin in the West Virginia wilderness and enjoyed some down time with her. Completely unplugged as I was literally off the grid. It’s …

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Grand Challenges

If you follow my work, you know I love Grand Challenges, and one of the greatest joys of my life is to help leaders develop and execute their own. A Grand Challenge is a bold goal that tackles an intractable problem, one that no one else has been able to solve. The grand challenges I …

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Honoring Differences

I will be wearing an American flag on my lapel to open up conversations with others about our country. I intend to diffuse polarization with the people I can have conversations with, by listening and expressing empathy regardless of whether or not we agree. I want to hear from others what they want, aspire to, …

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Goldmine of Enjoyment

Nobody can call me a musician, but I do love to listen. As my beautiful wife, Laura Baron is an accomplished artist I consider myself her complement in one very important way:  I am an appreciative music listener. I love to go to her shows. I have other favorite artists. Two of my longtime beloved …

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