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Good Gal Without A Gun

Kind words go a long way.
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Antoinette Tuff is more effective than a SWAT team at disarming a dangerous shooter. As some of you will remember, this 33-year-old bookkeeper at an Atlanta elementary school used human connection to prevent the slaughter of innocent children, faculty and staff members. That’s powerful stuff, considering how frequently we hear that “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” I recognize that sometimes deadly force is necessary to stop violence … Continue reading

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Your Way

My parents were sitting high up in the stadium seats as were my sisters.  Mom had the camera. When the ceremony was over, they came down onto the field; hugged and congratulated me.  I had graduated a bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in law.  It sounded substantial – like it had meat to it, but I hadn’t a job lined up yet.  I was about to enter the market. Later, when mom had the pictures developed (yeah–we used … Continue reading

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The “I Don’t Have Time To Succession Plan” Plan

Start Succession Planning Today
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Do you hear that? The whispering sensation in the back of your mind telling you that each day you’re not developing and refining your company’s succession plan, the bigger the gamble you’re taking with the future? You’ve been put in your leadership position for a reason: you’ve got the expertise, understanding, and ability to lead employees and guide your business toward higher profits and better customer relationships. Your life experiences combined with your business acumen impressed the right people and … Continue reading

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Curiosity Kills Boredom

Curiosity can lead you down new paths.
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Around here, however, we don’t look backwards very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious … and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. –Walt Disney Curiosity, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, can be a “a desire to learn or know more about something” (OED, n. 3.d.). What is driving and pushing you right now? What is motivating you to plan and prepare for something that is still 5 months … Continue reading

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Do You Want A Spanking?

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As an academic psychologist and practicing clinician, I’ve studied parent-child interactions in many settings—hospitals, clinics, university laboratories, refugee settlements, schools, homes, and summer camps. While these locales appeal to the scientist in me, there exists no better place to study parent-child interactions than the supermarket. Yes, the supermarket. And within the supermarket, there exists no better place to observe the range of human behavior than—you guessed it—the cereal aisle. Once there, one can observe what sometimes appears to be a … Continue reading

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