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19 Jul
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The Mentor’s Reward – Embracing the Global Heart

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It all started innocently enough. An invitation to speak at the library in my hometown of Corona had introduced me to an aspiring global citizen. Maisune sat on the front row that day with her mother to listen to a talk about story and authenticity. I am sure that as a high school student she must’ve wondered why her mother had dragged her to this particular talk. When the event was over they both approached me and asked me if I would be interested in speaking to a Muslim leadership group. Of course, I loved the idea. I will do…
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25 Jun
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Finding Your Heart in the Streets

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It promised to be a beautiful weekend and I had secured my cheap flight for a quick trip to Barcelona. I had always wanted to see the beautiful cathedral by Guadi and wander the streets eating Spanish seafood tapas. My day had finally arrived. It was better than I ever could have imagined. My South American Spanish worked just fine. This was a place where stories could be had for the asking. Coffee shops, sidewalk restaurants, and old men sat on benches in an area called the Ramblas. I am sure that most folks deemed a crazy Californian from the…
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29 May
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Grandma’s 96th: Seeing the Deeper Story

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It was a San Diego sunny day in early September not long ago. My family had been called to gather at a CoCo’s restaurant that had become my grandma’s favorite. She was turning 96 that day and the combination of mashed potatoes and a highball were compelling to that young girl who had endured prohibition. As the oldest grandson, I had looked forward to that day, even though the dementia with which she wrestled moved ever closer to her doorstep. And up till now the heart of a young grand boy stood steadfastly in the love that we always shared….
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07 May
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See the Whole Story

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It had been brutally hot in Southern California and I was worried about some of my homeless friends. So I hunted down O’side Mike, who generally takes care of the homeless folks here in Oceanside. I asked him if he would like to run out for a quick hamburger and a little conversation. So off we went to our local dive. Michael, or O’side Mike, as I call him is 10 days younger than I am. Were it not for major head trauma Mike would still be managing a supply chain for some major company in the United States. Michael…
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09 Apr
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Peter and the Wolf…What’s in a Story?

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It was 1958… …and the world appeared as a black-and-white rerun of Leave it to Beaver. In fact, I was one of those children that could easily be found in any of those old sitcoms. I had just recently inherited a new father and we were living in Provo, Utah while he attended BYU. He had just figured out that engineering would not be his career choice and that he would downgrade his efforts into an accounting career. Of course, none of this made sense to a boy of my age. Right outside the three-bedroom brick home that I inhabited…
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17 Mar
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Photo by Clotee Pridgen Allochuku via Flickr

We Are All Homeless: That’s Globalish

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Many of you know that I have been very involved in the launch of a new project called Globalish.  Well, the big day is beginning to arrive.  The website is now in beta release and we are moving closer to our vision.  For those who want a sneak peek, here is a link to our first media channel: channel1.globalish.com. The Leadership Model Yesterday Michael, our beloved captain of the ship, triggered me to write what I thought was the essence of who we are. Of course, in my normal authoritative manner I wrote a moving definition. It went like this:…
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21 Feb
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Grandpa and the Wisdom Pond

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As you all know by now, I was blessed with a Grandpa extraordinaire. Yes, he had a wonderful resume and was admired for his many achievements. But to me–the oldest grandson, he was my compadre in the many adventures we had together. He would fill my imagination with the stuff of fairy tales and send me off to be the hero in every story. To this day I can remember waiting like a puppy dog at the back door for that moment that he would burst through the door. My grandma some years later would tell me that he rarely…
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17 Jan
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Are You Swimming in Poop?

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It had been a five long days and I was exhausted. Thirty-two high potential executives had gathered in a Leadership Institute to compete in teams. They had built business cases and presented them to the CEO and operating committee of the company. And this wasn’t a practice case. No, they were given a hot issue within the company and the company’s executives were listening for real answers. This was an exercise with ‘live ammunition’ so to speak. What sets this process apart from most leadership exercises is the experiential demand nobody can escape. Each team is given a smattering of…
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31 Dec
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Looking Back to Look Forward: Favorite Posts of 2013

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[gn_quote style="1"]There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest. -Confucius[/gn_quote] Before we ring in the new year, I’d love to share some of my favorite posts over the past year. I am really proud of these in particular and I want to truly thank you all for your kind words in the comments section, via email or simply the act of love in sharing them to your networks. And now on to the next. The Secret to…
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31 Dec
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On “Being” For a New Year

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Each year around now, I get nostalgic and like to think of all I’ve accomplished over the course of the year. Did I get more done than the previous year? The same? Less? The truth is it doesn’t matter. The beauty of life is that you’re still living it. As Lennon said, “tomorrow never knows” and it is in that notion that true happiness can be had. Be thankful that you made it to where you are now. Be honest to those you may have lied to in the past. Be loving to the people that mean more to you…
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