Say the Change

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Declarations of Being & Becoming

Approaching the end of my first year writing Indirections I Have Lived By, I have begun whipping up shorter, punchier mini-assays of far less bias designed to elicit a direct response from readers. To my delightful chagrin, LinkedIn followers have been more expressive in their feedback when asked a ‘terrifying question’ right off the bat.

What Game Are You Playing?– 20 November 2023

As Simon Sinek reminds us, the games we play can be either finite or infinite. But what happens when we lose track?

When’s Your Train? – 13 November 2023

Remember that proverbial squirrel spinning its heart out inside the black box of anything that is mysteriously mobile? If Erwin Schrödinger was right, before looking under the lid, there’s an equal chance the mysterious power source is something else entirely.

When’s Your Time? – 6 November 2023

Beginning seven hundred years ago, young people were apprenticed to a master until they could come into their own as skilled workers and contributors. Today, we use terms like ‘intern’ and ‘trainee’ to describe an apprentice system that prepares its graduates for positions of choice and accountability.

When’s Your Tide? – 2 November 2023

When leading a meeting or presentation, it’s never a bad idea to consider that your busy audience might have been tempted to skip it. To recapture their attention, prepare your remarks as if listeners were in the middle of the biggest crisis of their week and only you possess the information they need to get through it. If you approach business communications with that kind of urgency, you’ll be surprised at how little you choose to say when it’s your turn to say it.

When’s Your Turn? – 30 October 2023

When leading a meeting or presentation, it’s never a bad idea to consider that your busy audience might have been tempted to skip it. To recapture their attention, prepare your remarks as if listeners were in the middle of the biggest crisis of their week and only you possess the information they need to get through it. If you approach business communications with that kind of urgency, you’ll be surprised at how little you choose to say when it’s your turn to say it.

When’s Your Truck? – 27 October 2023

When pondering the future, it might sometimes seem easier just to let the present take us there, no questions asked. Fortunately, if awkward, even painful, the world has a way of begging certain questions. And when it does, maybe we should think twice before choosing not to answer them.

Where’s Your Chalk? – 23 October 2023

Most of us would find it fun but stressful to stroll on a Santa Barbara beach one day and a Lake Lugano shorewalk the next. What we might not realize is that abiding in multiple time zones simultaneously is something we do all the time. Wanna reset your future? Put a clock with an eidetic memory on your past.

Where’s Your Clock? – 16 October 2023

Most of us would find it fun but stressful to stroll on a Santa Barbara beach one day and a Lake Lugano shorewalk the next. What we might not realize is that abiding in multiple time zones simultaneously is something we do all the time. Wanna reset your future? Put a clock with an eidetic memory on your past.

Where’s Your Dock? – 9 October 2023

When confronted by The Other, we are cautioned by conventional wisdom to align common ground as a first step to diffusing tension and minimizing differences. But what of the buried treasure yet unearthed in the uncommon ground we also share?

Where’s Your Lair? – 2 October 2023

There’s no place like home. But is there not as well—in sorrow or joy, despair or exultation—a hideaway that is uniquely our own?

Where’s Your Chair? – 28 September 2023

There’s a theory about the theatre—that it’s a theory waiting to be observed. And where we sit? It matters a lot.

What’s Your Sauce? – 19 September 2023

In my change work, I have observed that every organization highly values something it might label its ‘Special Sauce.’ Can the same be said for every person?

What’s Your Name? – 9 September 2023

Shakespeare’s leading lady asked, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” But is there more to the words we call ourselves?

What’s Your Line? – 4 September 2023

On the stage of life, when things get so hot you are tempted to bolt back into the wings, is there a cue—a word, a phrase, a sentence—you can use to help remember who you are?

What’s Your Box? – 25 August 2023

Before thinking outside the box, try naming the one you’re in.

What’s Your Point? – 18 August 2023

Some points are more important than others.

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