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Poetry Friday: The Math of Tragedy

In my work for the MSU Extension Service, I’m connected with communicators all over the U.S. A friend shared this editorial about the response to the terrible wildfires that recently devastated four Western states. For background, consider the NY Times piece here. I personally know one family in Texas that has worked to collect local […]

My last minute review for work: The Soul’s Code — In Search of Character & Calling by James Hillman

Let me say, first off, that I have been reading this book for some time. I haven’t felt as intimidated by a book in years. It’s a psychology book, a philosophy book, a treatise on identity, and a history of some of the world’s most famous people — artists, politicians, musicians, and scientists. It assumes […]

Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Each year for my job, I set a goal to read one book per quarter on a particular topic. This year’s topic is creativity, and so far I’ve read Big Magic & A Curious Mind. This quarter I read Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, copyright 1997. Here is a […]

Poetry Friday & Summer Poem Swap 2016 Poem #1

It’s Poetry Friday! The round-up will be hosted by my friend Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference! It’s also time for the Summer Poem Swap! My PF friend Donna Smith from Mainely Write intuited that in my secret life I’m a “bag lady” — I have tote bags and reusable grocery bags galore! But this […]

Poetry Friday & Let Evening Come by Jane Kenyon

It’s Poetry Friday! Kimberley is hosting at Written Reflections and has a lovely post about hummingbirds. As I type this, I’m with a team of colleagues in a hotel conference room in Pearl, MS, waiting for the next phase of work. We’re preparing photos and cutlines for a 2-page newspaper ad. It shows more than […]

Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath & Barry Conchie, copyright 2008

“If you focus on people’s weaknesses, they lose confidence.” The main premise of Rath & Conchie’s best-selling book, Strengths Based Leadership, is building on existing strengths increases the capacity of leaders and teams to work effectively, harmoniously, and profitably. They had me at the opening sentences: “If you spend your life trying to be good […]

Primal Leadership by Goleman, Boyatzis, and McKee, copyright 2013

Everyone knows smiles and yawns are contagious, but the authors of Primal Leadership contend emotions are, too; therefore, effective leaders are those who manage their own emotions — and the emotions of those they lead — in positive ways. Reflect on your personal experiences in the work place. Could your boss’s bad mood bring down […]