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Blameworthy

Looking for explanations makes sense. The urge to find out powers science, religion, research, invention, curiosity . . . and polling. This urge sometimes detours into the great dysfunctional explanation: Blame. Blame provides a convenient escape. Once I make someone blameworthy, I no longer need to take responsibility to solve, or even examine,  problems. Blame gives me a...
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Painstaking

When I was teaching high school English, one of my favorite texts was John Ciardi's How Does a Poem Mean? His love for poetry shines on every page, especially when he mentions "the pleasure of taking pains." We have so many things working against being painstaking—Instagram, texting, elearning, constant upgrades and replacements (phones, cars, TVs, relationships), faster, bigger, newer, easier....
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Conversations.

Lecture. A word that strikes terror into our hearts. I've given a few lectures, I'll confess. And lectures can be outstanding. In college I sat entranced in a large SRO classroom while Professor Leyburn gave his famous, tear-soaked lecture on the death of Socrates. His passion transported us all, even as sophomoric (literally) as we were...
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Learning Chaos: Neutral Listening and Yoga

[iframe style="border:none" src="http://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/3612976/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/yes/theme/legacy" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Neutral Listening is an essential skill for leadership development. It models trust and courage, encourages others to be candid, and gives us access to others' perpectives. A participant in Leading through Effective Communication who is also a yoga intructor applies the practice in her yoga...
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