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Listening Isn’t Good Enough

I have to acknowledge my blog negligence lately.  Work and family obligations, compounded by an onset of “blogger block” made it tough.  I’ve been struggling to find fresh topics, and afraid of sounding like a broken record in preaching the ...

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Yippee Ki-Yay!

“Factors obstructing the adoption of crowdsourcing, social media, and digital volunteerism approaches often include uncertainty about accuracy, fear of liability, inability to translate research into operational decision-making, and policy limitations on gathering and managing data. Prior to the workshop, many ...

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You Are Already Behind

I’m sitting in my favorite easy chair at home, sippin’ a beer, surfin’ my tablet and swayin’ to the music of my favorite Pandora music channel.  A balloon pops up in the upper right corner of the screen showing a ...

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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

I must say, this past week was unprecedented as social media news is concerned.  The terrorist bombings in Boston, the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion and the subsequent gun battle and manhunt of the marathon terrorists made for a target ...

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It’s Your Ship

I started preparing a speech for an upcoming luncheon sponsored by our state’s labor and industries (L&I) risk management folks.  The attendees will be CEO’s and owners of large construction and management companies in our region. I was going to ...

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Another S.O.B. Story

OK Public Servants, when are you going to learn?  Dave Statter posted the most recent case of social media rectal cranial inversion on his blog – Statter911 ; an appalling and sad story about an FDNY EMS lieutenant publicly revealed ...

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The Insecure Leader

I continue to virtually discuss leadership with my assigned leadership student at Western Washington University (the BEST college in the nation BTW). His most recent question made me dig deep, and I thought I’d continue to share my thoughts on ...

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Holy BATNA!

For the past few years I have had the privilege of serving as a “virtual mentor” for freshmen college students studying leadership at my alma mater-Western Washington University (Go Vikings!).  This innovative program, led by Dr. Joe Garcia, matches students ...

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How The Hell Did This Happen?

I don’t know how I dodged the bullet as long as I did, but as a high visibility public servant I escaped public attacks on my character and professional reputation….until New Year’s Eve, when I learned someone had publicly attacked ...

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They Shudda Kept Their Mouths Shut

Along with many Americans, I wondered what the NRA was going to say yesterday  in response to the Newtown massacre.  In what I thought was a shrewd move, the NRA was unusually quiet this week, including shutting down their social ...

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