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The Culture of Personality

Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, Broadway Books, 2012) writes: America has shifted from what the influential cultural historian Warren Susman called a Culture of Character to a Culture of Personality.... In... Continue Reading →

God Created…

You’re know you’re getting old when you find yourself rapt by public television… While flipping through channels recently, I saw images of an African culture called the Maasai (moss-eye) and became immediately riveted. The Maasai reside close to the birthplace of humankind... Continue Reading →

The Curse of Resources & Regulations

Viability and affordability matter. On the one hand, budgets often determine the possibilities. If we can't afford it, we probably can't do it. On the other hand, rules and policies within an organization can be restrictive. "That's not allowed!" Those... Continue Reading →

Failure is not final

One of the most systemic fears of our day is the fear of failure; also called atychiphobia. (There's a new word for dinner parties!) We may all fear a stock-market crash, or a possible health crisis one day. We may fear... Continue Reading →

New Wineskins

I know little about wine… Sure, I’ve tasted it, but I probably couldn’t tell you whether it is dry or sweet, or has hints of oak or mulberry. Wine is primarily made from grapes; different varieties bring out diverse flavors.... Continue Reading →

The Plight of Perfectionism

Creativity gets crushed under the weight of perfectionism. We generally learn perfectionism from an early age. People give us accolades for high performance, flawless accuracy, and orderliness. In a world where our peers can't seem to find the sock drawer,... Continue Reading →

The Creativity Conundrum

We face a conundrum in families, churches, and businesses alike. We need more creativity than ever, to relate to, communicate with, and shape a dramatically changing world. But for various reasons, the creativity genie is stuck in the bottle. Why?... Continue Reading →

Three Killer P’s

Psychologist Martin Seligman has identified three P's that can stunt our recovery from loss and undercut our resilience as human beings. These P's sometimes come into play when we experience trauma or loss. Grief opens the door to these soul-sapping... Continue Reading →

Friday Quote

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said, "If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." In my reading of the... Continue Reading →

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