Paying Forward the Gift to Others

My granddaughter in a NICU days after her birth.

My granddaughter was born with a birth defect of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). A defect that occurs in 1 of approximately 2,500–3,000 live births in the United States. The diaphragm does not fully develop and fails to close during prenatal development. The organs meant to be in the abdomen move…


Eight men and women standing in a circle with an arm reached in and hands stacked upon one another.
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Earlier this week, someone shared the behavioral benefits of reframing children's perspectives from attention-seeking to connection seeking. The author challenges the reader to reflect on how we remember being treated as a child. Were we seeking connection when others thought we were attention-seeking? Did anyone say, “She is just doing…


There is At Least a Third Option

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I currently work as a dean at a small university and am the founder and owner of a consulting company. I started my work career as a part-time farmhand during high school earning $2.00 an hour. Upon graduation, I was already married and needed to make more money. I accepted…


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I have spent more than 40 years involved with projects of many types and scopes. The various approaches ranged from no plan to obsessively detailed ones. The ideal state is where everyone gets just what they need to achieve efficient and effective project success. …


A photo with “the boss”, a tablet, a potted plant, and a cup of tea on a desk top.
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After more than a 40-year career, I have learned that the person people think oversees running the organization is not always the case. A person may be the CEO, president, or plant manager in title and at the top of the organizational chart. …


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The Windshield Film

I suspect that most of us have experienced the film that builds upon the interior of our windshield. Unless it gets worse, it is unnoticeable during everyday driving. However, if you drive into bright sunlight or oncoming headlights, it becomes challenging to see where you are going. The common cause…


A variety of Top Ten images.

A woman at the Y was wearing a t-shirt by Redken with “I’m a 10!” on the back. My first thought was a memory of Bo Derek running on the beach in the 1979 romantic comedy “10". I quickly pivoted to creating a list of ten items that would comprise…


A meeting between a man and a woman in a conference room.
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A requirement at one point in my engineering career was to submit a monthly report to my manager. When I would sit down to write up the document my initial thought was always that I did not have much to share. However, the more I reflected on the work I…


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One of my first jobs out of high school was with Massey Ferguson. The work was at an equipment field testing site. I would spend an eight-hour shift using a backhoe to dig a hole in the frozen earth and, with each scoop of the bucket, fill back up the…


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An experience I encountered is a metaphor for what often happens with struggling organizations. I would enter a particular restroom where about 25% of the time, there would be a pool of water on the floor. I would look at the water lines and drain, but there was no visible…

Joe Sprangel

Business dean, associate professor, and principal consultant conducting academic research and industry practice in sustainable strategic planning.

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