Posts in the Category: Stories

The Mentor’s Reward – Embracing the Global Heart

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Palestinian Father

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…
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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…
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Peter and the Wolf…What’s in a Story?

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Eric Kilby, from Flickr

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…
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Grandpa and the Wisdom Pond

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Pond near Salen - David Wilkie Flickr

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…
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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…
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