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Martha Graham on Freedom Through Discipline and Conforming

on May 14, 2018 in Art, Creativity, Education, Freedom, Leadership

I’ve quoted Martha Graham many times. At last I got the video of her saying the words. She describes how a performer achieves freedom through conforming and discipline better than anyone, in my opinion. I believe what she says holds for any active, emotional, expressive, social, performance-based field, including leadership and entrepreneurship. The dancer is realistic. His craft teaches him to be. Either the foot is pointed or it is[…] Keep reading →

The Ethicist: How Can I Make My Colleague Stop Stealing?

on May 13, 2018 in Ethicist

My series answering the New York Times’ Ethicist column with an active, leadership approach instead of an analytical, philosophical perspective continues with “How Can I Make My Colleague Stop Stealing?”. I work at a small college and have a tenured colleague who routinely misuses college funds. He charges the department for expenses that are clearly personal. I’ve heard he buys his kids’ school supplies through the office Staples account, bought[…] Keep reading →

Technology is tactical. Behavior is strategic.

on May 12, 2018 in Leadership, Nature

People widely expect technology to solve our environmental problems. What technology? They don’t know. Something someone will invent in the future. What about the pattern that technology has driven consumption of fossil fuels and plastic, accelerated using up resources, and created pollution such as plastic, carcinogens, and so on? But but but they make things more efficient. They do for a while, but the trend is toward accelerating the system[…] Keep reading →

Are we smarter today than in the past?

on May 11, 2018 in Perception

We look at technology, culture, cities, and so on and consider ourselves advanced relative to past people and cultures. They thought the Earth was flat. The couldn’t draw with perspective. They didn’t know that germs caused many diseases. If we’re so smart, imagine this: if you could magically go back in time knowing everything about today’s world, could you make the world a better place? If so, how? Sure, if[…] Keep reading →

044: Jeff Brown, Conversation 1: Leading means more than reading and writing

on May 10, 2018 in Podcast

Jeff has interviewed authors of leadership books since before I started writing mine. I enjoyed being a guest on his podcast. This time he’s on mine, and it’s a landmark event, as the next section describes. If you’re here for leadership, Jeff is a great example of turning an interest into becoming an important person in a field. If you’re here for environmental leadership, listen for Jeff’s project—one of the[…] Keep reading →

The difference between delicious and yummy

on May 9, 2018 in Awareness, Fitness, Nature, Perception

Here’s what I mean by yummy: Here’s what I mean by delicious (a delivery from my CSA): What’s the difference? “Yummy” food tends to have qualities such as: Little fiber Fried Sugar, fat, and salt provide the dominant flavors and textures Little raw ingredients Mostly yellow, orange, or brown Other colors often come from food coloring and don’t represent the raw foods Sauces Packaged Corporate processing Many ingredients “Delicious” food[…] Keep reading →

043: Ken Blanchard, Conversation 1: We’re here to help each other

on May 8, 2018 in Podcast

Few people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A prominent, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Dr. Blanchard is respected for his lifetime of groundbreaking research and thought leadership that has influenced the day-to-day management and leadership of people and companies throughout the world. With a passion to turn every leader into a servant leader, Ken Blanchard shares his insightful and powerful message[…] Keep reading →

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