Come on, Everyone Lies a Little, right? Liar, Liar, Pants on fire!

Liar! Liar! One explanation for the origin of the “Liar, liar pants on fire” rhyme involves the curiosity of a young country boy who stole a cigar from his daddy’s smoke box and hid in the tool shed to secretly mimic his father. After the boy lit the cigar, his dad smelled the potent smoke […]

Unpredictability

Unpredictability & Three Answers Tolstoy’s story of the emperor’s decree asks whoever can answer to receive a reward: What is the best time to do each thing? Who are the most important people to work with? What is the most important thing to always do? I feel afraid at times. It stems from unpredictable feelings. […]

Blogging & Connections

Trainers Problem Solve Through Connections A Discussion I tend to make connections while reading topics that transform work. My mind weirdly goes to places.  I have to stop and think, “What?”  In the end, I usually change my perspective by calibrating my mental model.  In the same way change should capture your attention as a […]

The Power of Story

    Do you remember listening to fairy tales, myths, and familial lore? Some stories stirred imaginations and hearts with on a dark and story night.   Maybe you snuggled with children in bed to read such nighttime works of fiction. kids like artificial puffy people around their beds to listen to the made up tales too. […]

Ladder of Inference

Our way up the ladder, not my way Once you care about others’ views, you can be a more effective advocate for your own views! The Novel & Real Life Let’s begin with a novel, American Dirt– by Jeanine Cummins. (Goodreads summary). The fictional plot embodies our nation’s current reality about migrants and immigrants. “Me and mine” come […]

Waging The Struggle

Waging Today’s Racial Struggle In a 1961 address, Dr. King spoke about the student movement at the time, “[There is no denying] the fact that we confront a crisis in race relations in the United States” (A Testament of Hope, 1986, pp. 43-53).  That was then, yet the current racial climate begs a question that […]

Listening With an Open Mind & Heart

Listen for Downloading Part One of Two   Theory U by Otto Scharmer details four levels of listening as the source for great leadership. 1) Downloading 2) Factual 3) Empathic 4) Generative. The model changed the way I listen and hear. To hear means having the mind opened. The heart follows. The theory is not exclusive to interactions in […]