Keep It Simple

  Have you ever wanted to improve something at your office only to give up on it because it was too much hassle? Have you ever tried to collaborate on a project but found that it was not worth the time and effort? Have you ever listened intently to a colleague who sounded really smart only to realize you have no idea what she is saying? Most o...
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The Courage to Influence

I didn't become a parent until my mid-thirties. Although not exactly planned that way, I thought it was actually good since I was well established and wiser than I had been ten years earlier. Turns out that being older was not all that much help. Parenting was a lot more complicated than it looked… One of the surprises for me was how quic...
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Care More Than is Wise

  I had the good fortune of running substance abuse treatment services when we began to "wage a federal war on drugs." Although there were some devastating impacts from that "federal war" (i.e., long incarcerations and inequitable incarceration rates), there was some good – finally we began to funnel large sums of money into addiction treatmen...
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Learning: Not for the Faint of Heart

I'm having a distressing experience in my professional life these days. When I look around the room, I realize that I am often the oldest person there. Ughh. It seems like not that long ago I was usually the youngest… Time flies.  Truth is, though, I love working with younger folks in the workforce. Their energy and enthusiasm is the stuf...
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Renewing Your Sense of Purpose

  The new year offers us a natural time to look back and review where we have been. It gives us the opportunity to make new commitments to ourselves and, perhaps, to others. And it creates an easy jumping off point for a "reset" on almost anything. Like many others, on January 1, I always re-commit to eating better and exercising more. This ye...
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