How does art impact your day to day life?

 

How does art impact your day to day life?

 

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How do you lead by example and change the way we think about leadership?

 How do you lead by example and change the way we think about leadership?

If we only look at leaders in business, we will miss the BIG PICTURE of what leadership really is about.

 

 

 

 

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What do you do when a relationship system fails?

The U. S. Government shutdown happened because people could not agree and continue to have a failure to listen; and the price all of us will pay is yet to be calculated.   What do you do when a relationship system fails?

I bet most people have never considered our Government as a relationship system, but it certainly is. When we reduce Government to it’s common denominators, we have people in relationship to one another and to the people they serve. This breakdown in relationship functioning is no different than a breakdown in communication/relationship within an organizational system, a community system, a family system, a relationship system. A system is a system is a system.  What do you do when a relationship system fails, and prevent the breakdowns in relationships?

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Hope and Courage for Colorado

For all my fellow Coloradans who have been devastated by recent historic floods, know that you are in the hearts, minds and prayers of so many people around the world.  We will get through this together.  Stay connected with friends, family, co-workers and people within the community.  A crisis can be overwhelming.  Maintain a daily routine.  Look for signs of improvement.  Know that you are not alone.

 

“What you spent years building, may be destroyed overnight.  Build it anyway.”  ~Mother Teresa

 

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Soul Searching About Trayvon Martin.

Soul searching about Trayvon Martin is something I have been doing since the murder happened; with the question that we all ask in times of tragedy-Why did this happen?  Each of us can only speculate about the “why?  We may never know the real reason why?  What I do know is that we could easily all fall into a dangerous trap-a mindset of fear and hate.    We have to move past the question “why” to the question of what are we going to do differently so this never happens?  We can no longer afford to turn a blind eye to our own biases, stereotypes and prejudices.  We cannot continue to stoke the fires of fear of one another.  We are killing each other out of fear of each other.

We have to accept that all of us contributed, knowingly and unknowingly, to the murder of Trayvon Martin.  All of us have been living in fear for all kinds of reasons.  It just makes sense that as a human society we value personal protection and safety.  But, we also value life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.    It is all our responsibilities to make our communities places where we can equally feel safe and can equally pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Do we really want to live in a world where we shoot first and ask questions later?  It is our individual and collective responsibility to change how we think and act towards each other.   We are the village it takes to raise a child. Trayvon Martin had a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and we failed him and we failed his parents too.

Soul searching about Trayvon Martin.  What are we going to do differently so this never happens?

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A different perspective on quality care for health and peace of mind.

Animals have positive health effects upon our health and peace of mind. It is a known fact from animal lovers, and now science has caught up to “prove” it.

 

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Change happens.

Change happens all the time everyday.  You might not notice it or the change might be so devastating, you can’t ignore it.  How we choose to react and respond to change sets the stage for how we cope or don’t cope with life.  Despite circumstances around us, we can choose to resiliently pick up the pieces and move forward.

 

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What does Independence Day mean to you?

What does Independence Day mean to you?

Is it just a day off from work?
Is it just a day to get together with friends and family and watch fireworks?
Is it much more than just one day? Something bigger and more meaningful than any fireworks display?

For me it means not taking life for granted and finding ways to make life better for tomorrow.

 

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Who are we making a better future for?

How will your actions today bring about a better sustainable future?

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What happens when you focus on fixing the wrong cause of a problem?

What happens when you focus on fixing the wrong cause of a problem?

No matter how big or small, complex or simple a problem is; what happens when you go about focusing on the wrong cause of a problem?

Here are some real examples. A company, that I know, just discovered they have been focusing on the wrong cause of a problem and are now making adjustments. Unfortunately, they have been trying to fix the wrong cause of the problem for 3 years at an estimated cost of 6 to 7 million dollars.

Another close-to-home example, wildfires in Colorado have been looking at beetle kill of trees as the culprit, creating dead trees which fuel the wildfires. http://science.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/24/19120133-beetles-to-blame-for-colorados-fires-blame-climate-change-instead?lite&ocid=msnhp&pos=1

But wait! if we take a different broader perspective-an epidemiological look, and continuously ask what came before the problem, we can gain further insight into other causes that need to be addressed.

Even though you might not be working on these types of problems, problems are problems, it is just a matter of scale, resources and your attitude about solving problems.

What happens when you focus on fixing the wrong cause of a problem?

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