Monthly Archives: March 2012

Brazil, Optimism and Realistic Optimism

The pessimist sees the glass half-empty.  The optimist sees the glass half-full.  The realist drinks the water and gets back to work! I am still in sunny Sao Paulo, Brazil, finishing up work with my US client who has an … Continue reading

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Blame it on the Samba . . .

There is an important word in Brazil: simpático (or “carismático”). It refers to a range of desirable social qualities – to be friendly, nice, agreeable, and good-natured. A person who is fun to be with and pleasant to deal with…. Brazilians want … Continue reading

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root cause and Root Cause . . .

There seemed to be endless obstacles… it seemed that the root cause of them all was fear. -Joanna Field One of the seminal tools in problem solving and process improvement is called Root Cause Analysis. I found the following useful definition on the … Continue reading

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The Hypocrisy of War and Politics . . .

(Health warning:  this is not one of my normal upbeat posts.  This post is born of sadness and frustration.  But when I started this blog a year plus ago I made a deal to express my feelings as honestly as … Continue reading

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Looking Over the Horizon and Strategic Leadership

The choice between right and wrong is easy; it’s the choice between two rights that takes real courage! I left marine biology in the mid-70’s to pursue a career in business but to this day I am still fascinated by … Continue reading

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What did you learn today?

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” – Malcolm Forbes Many years ago I ran into a remarkable man, Dr. Leo Buscalia. In my view, this is one of the greatest life-effectiveness teachers of all … Continue reading

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Profiles in Leadership . . . Dr. Loren Finnell

The Peace Corps is guilty of enthusiasm and a crusading spirit. But we’re not apologetic about it.  ~Sargent Shriver I first met Loren Finnell about 30 years ago at a fund-raising dinner in Phoenix, Arizona to raise money for a hospital boat … Continue reading

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