“How Are You? No; REALLY… How Are You?”

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How Are You? Really? Last night I was at the Edmonds-Woodway commencement services. One of the student speakers, Anne Yoon shared her personal story of struggling  with anorexia. During her speech she challenged her fellow classmates to press into knowing each other. She told her fellow classmates that  many times she answered their question of,…

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I Feel Stupid To Admit It; But I Don’t Know What I Want….

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When we don’t know what we want. Being unclear, indecisive, unsure, hesitant, stuck or unmotivated can be frustrating. But don’t  buy into the belief that you should be clear. If you aren’t clear – you obviously shouldn’t be! Getting clear is a process and there are plenty of good reasons for being unclear, unsure, indecisive,…

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Relationship Rescue: Drop YOUR Baggage

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What if you are the baggage? I mean what happens when you become your own worse relationship enemy? Sinking your own relationship’s? What happens when you repeat the same thing over and over in your relationships? Relationship insanity, of course. YOU, not anyone else is your relationship baggage.  You don’t need anyone to rescue your relationships….

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Leadership. It must get better. It must become GOOD.

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Leadership. It must get better. It must become GOOD. As I  review the Community Round table report on community management my mind keeps chunking up to the idea about what this report has to do with  GOOD leadership;  servant,  community, tribal  and movement inciting  leadership? I keep coming back to the thought that as cool…

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Authenticity: it’s a journey

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Authenticity It’s A Journey and who better than Mary Oliver to inspire us, The Journey “One day you finally knew what you had to do and began though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice- though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. “Mend my…

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Think Outside The Box: The path to change

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Tired of the results you’re getting? Want to change? Feel like you, your business, team, is stuck in an endless loop of reactive, hardwired, knee jerk, automatic, unconscious actions and behaviors? Human beings and things humans make (companies, institutions, ventures, communities) become whatever they ‘repeatedly’ do. “We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is…

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Words equal Culture

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Words  Equal  Culture Words Are ‘principal carriers of meaning,’ powerful beyond comprehension. Building blocks. Tools of expression. Significance filters. Words matter. They always have and now amidst a globally connected web community, they matter more; if that’s possible. Culture A culture is the cumulative beliefs and behaviors, the personality and characteristics of a particular community,…

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Want to Build Community & Team: Lose The EGO.

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Meet Community & Team Killer #1: The Ego One of my girlfriends (age 45+) told me a story about a friend of her’s who recently celebrated her third marriage. (Do you even celebrate the third one?) My girlfriend was horrified when her fairly normal friend transformed into bridzilla.( 20 year old bridzalla’s are cute; 45…

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Leadership: A Social Conversation

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Leadership A Social Conversation: Pam Hoelzle, Umair Haque, Diane Wagner, Ethan Yarbrough & Adam Olsen February 15, 2010 i apologize the audio connection between the radio studio located in Bellevue WA and Umair who was in london was less than ideal. I am working to orchestrate another opportunity for an interview, perhaps we can talk…

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