Category Archives: Engagement

One Way or Another This Darkness Got to Give – “New Speedway Boogie” Lyrics: Robert Hunter

March 7, 2016 – The potential darkness of elder years comes on softly and slowly, without much fanfare. The insidious heaviness which seems to overtake one’s entire being begins almost imperceptibly. Heavy footsteps on the stairs; heavy breathing while doing … Continue reading

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Furthur – Paradise Waits – On the Importance of Thoughts

January 27, 2014 – A few days ago, we returned from Furthur’s farewell performances in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Whether these four nights of music were the final performances of Furthur, or simply the band’s final performances before their announced 2014 … Continue reading

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Once in a While You Get Shown the Light …

November 20, 2013 – Have you ever considered mistakes that you’ve made? Most people I’ve spoken with admit to having made “a mistake or two” in their lives. But how do they determine that they made a mistake? What criteria … Continue reading

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Red Light, Green Light, 1, 2, 3

August 29, 2013 – Recently I was reminded of the childhood game we used to play in the school yard during recess: Red Light, Green Light, 1, 2, 3 (“RLGL”). Remember the game? The person who’s IT turns away from … Continue reading

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Doggie Heaven

August 12, 2013 – Jackie and I decided to get away for a few days with our pack of three dogs. But where to go? Most campgrounds that allow dogs limit the number to, at most, 2 dogs. Our pack … Continue reading

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Maintaining Drive and Engagement Even on Low Energy Days

June 3, 2013 – While driving to a client meeting last week, I was struck with my low energy level that day.  Not only that day – it seemed to me that I was in a low energy period for … Continue reading

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EXAMINING LIFE – LIVING THE MOMENT

April 24, 2013 – Ever find yourself daydreaming about the past or wondering about an alternative present? What about living with constant anticipation about what’s coming next? Lest you think this thinking is limited to people of a certain age, … Continue reading

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The Way of Self-Forgiveness

October 19, 2012 – The Jewish High Holy Days ended recently culminating with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It therefore occurs to me that a discussion of the concept of forgiveness – whether asking forgiveness of others or self-forgiveness … Continue reading

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Meetings – The Building Blocks of Relationships

July 26, 2012 – Continuing last month’s article on meetings, let’s consider how meetings are the building blocks of relationships. And since today would have been my dad’s 87th birthday, I’m gratified to share another of dad’s lessons in the … Continue reading

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No Such Thing as “Just a Meeting”

June 10, 2012 – My son is getting married this evening and I’ve been wondering what last minute fatherly advice I can give Asher. Listening to the seemingly endless planning for the wedding gave me my answer. And this advice … Continue reading

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Furthering Creativity – A Tale of Two Keys (Part 3)

May 30, 2012 – In the first two parts of this topic, we discussed the two keys to furthering creativity: 1. Broadening your perspective helps you identify more dots to connect; and 2. Thinking outside the box helps you discover … Continue reading

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Furthering Creativity – A Tale of Two Keys (Part 2)

May 10, 2012 – In Part 1 of this article, we quoted Steve Jobs’ definition of creativity (“simply connecting things”) and began a discussion of the two keys which further your ability to open the doors of creativity. The first … Continue reading

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Furthering Creativity – A Tale of Two Keys (Part 1)

April 25, 2012 – It was the best of solutions. It was the worst of solutions. If only I were more creative, I would have crafted the perfect solution. Pardon my paraphrasing Dickens, but this sentiment, although perhaps not universally experienced, … Continue reading

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The Aimless Pursuit of Nothingness Or The Purposeful Creation of Somethingness

March 5, 2012 – Recently, while reading a review of Prof. Lawrence Krauss’ latest book, A Universe From Nothing, I was struck with the apparent similarities between the Universe and human experience. Krauss challenges the common assumption that nothingness is … Continue reading

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The Power of Venting

February 9, 2012 – While reading an article today on breaking impasses in mediation, the question was raised whether or not venting helps people get past their emotions in order to reach an agreement. Although the author of the article … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day

February 2, 2012 – Today is Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil told us to expect another six weeks of winter. Would that knowing the future could be so easy and effortless. Alas, we mortal humans don’t have it so easy. … Continue reading

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Stress Revisited

January 25, 2012 – One all too common challenge faced by everyone is stress. Stress is an integral part of life. Stress motivates us to accomplish our goals. As such, stress is desirable. Left unchecked, however, stress has the power … Continue reading

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Speak the Same Language

January 1, 2012 – Today is New Year’s Day, a time to contemplate resolutions for the coming year. Topping many lists are traveling to foreign countries and learning a new language. And what’s the biggest challenge in traveling to a foreign … Continue reading

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Creatures of Habit

December 6, 2011 – We are all creatures of habit, which is to say, we are all created by, and the products of, our habits. Habits, by and large, are good things. They provide the necessary shortcuts which enable us … Continue reading

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Breathe and Relax

October 25, 2011 – Breathe. Relax. Two key words to live your life by. The two go hand in hand. In order to truly relax, you need to breathe naturally and calmly. And to breathe naturally and calmly you need to … Continue reading

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Sensationalism is Good for News – But not Life

September 12, 2011 – Looking at any newspaper headline, or listening to any news station, in the northeastern United States over the last month and you will have seen sensationalist newscasting/journalism at its finest. Disasters, real and anticipated, from earthquakes, … Continue reading

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In Gratitude to Blaze

August 16, 2011 – Yesterday, August 15th, was the 42nd anniversary of Woodstock.  Although I was a few years too young to attend, the Woodstock aura impacted me such that I felt as though I was there. Yesterday was also … Continue reading

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Imagine the Possibilities

August 8, 2011 – So much has happened – so many changes – in my life this summer. All of them good things by any standard. In chronological order: we moved; my oldest son got engaged; and Jackie and I … Continue reading

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Prime Conditions for Being Engaged

May 23, 2011 – While at a meeting the other day, I mentioned some of the research and work I’m doing on engagement and the response from the other side of the table was a smile and the words “that’s a … Continue reading

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Harnessing Stress — Part 3

June 4, 2010 – Last month we discussed the nature of stress and mentioned the all too common passive reaction. Before beginning to examine the best way of harnessing stress to work for us, we must understand other common reactions … Continue reading

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