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Make time to clean, mend, and iron out life’s small problems

In Aha!, Aikido, Alignment, elbow grease, High Touch, sharpen the saw, time management on April 29, 2014 at 5:43 pm

The rain allows time
for mending, ironing, and
following the way.

It's time to mend this old gi and find again the pleats in this hakama.

It’s time to mend this old gi and find again the pleats in this hakama.

Cleaned, pressed, and folded as best I can remember how.

Cleaned, pressed, and folded as best I can remember how.

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Some Groups Just ‘Nail It’ and Then There’s Congress

In Active Listening, Communication, Confidence Course Facilitator, Facilitating Genius, Innovation on October 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm
What allows some groups to just 'nail it' and others to struggle?

What allows some groups to just ‘nail it’ and others to struggle?

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to lead a group of truly outstanding young problem-solvers. This group was inquisitive, energetic, genuinely curious, and surprisingly cooperative. No one had ever seen the ‘Nail It’ puzzle before. No one had access to their smart phone to ‘google a solution.’ Instead, this group of 13 youngsters sat down around a stump and simply figured it out.

Such days lift your spirit and remind me that there is hope for tomorrow’s problems to be solved creatively and cooperatively.

(Political footnote) Yes, I too am upset with how Congress cannot reach a solution to reaching consensus around a continuing resolution and/or passing a budget. Furloughing civil servants and closing our National Parks isn’t an acceptable option. Hmmmm … I wonder if our elected representatives might learn from these youngsters by visiting a challenge course or a local school. I wonder sometimes if they smarter than a group of fifth graders.