“It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important” – Soren Kierkegaard

Dear readers: Pebbles In The Pond is officially one month old. As you may recall from my first post, I started this blog as a quite-the-cliche New Years’ resolution. I don’t like to toot my own horn (or, rather, I don’t like to say “I like to toot my own horn”), but I’m proud to say I’ve kept my resolution religiously. In quite the un-cliche fashion, I might add. Statistically, I should’ve quit by now. Just saying.

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Power of Communication, Part II

“We hurt ourselves when our words don’t align with our actions.” – Adm. Mike Mullen

This is Part II of a series. See Part I here.

It’s amazing how much of effective communication can be boiled down to common sense. As I continue through Helio Fred Garcia’s Power of Communicationit’s almost frustrating how remarkably simple his concepts are. Yet they are so easily missed, so easily forgotten when it gets down to the nitty-gritty of implementation. Since we communicate so often and with so little effort, we have a tendency to think we’re naturally able to communicate effectively – that what we say will convey exactly what we want and accomplish our desired goal. As often as this doesn’t work out in casual communication, what makes us think it will go any better when we speak from a position of leadership?  Read More

The Man in the Dumpster

“Every man is guilty of the good he did not do.” – Voltaire

I rounded the corner, dressed for work but not completely awake in the morning darkness. It’s a long walk to my car, and I’m once again aggravated that our apartment complex does not having enough parking spaces for its tenants. As always, there’s the anxious mouse-voice in my subconscious murmuring about being late for work, even though I’ve got nearly an hour to make my twenty-minute commute. I’m repeatedly replaying the dim scenes of me grabbing my wallet, pocketing my keys, pulling my lunch out of the fridge, and – most important – making sure I have my Chap-stik. I’ve already patted my pockets down six times in the forty feet that I’ve walked from my front door; I’ve got everything, but I won’t be able to banish that forgetting-something feeling until I’ve arrived at work on time and busied myself. With all this pre-caffeinated fluff going on in my head, I’m surprised I noticed them at all.

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Power of Communication, Part I

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality” – Warren G. Bennis

Last week in my post “In Focus”, I touched on having a vision. Earlier this week I cracked open Helio Fred Garcia’s The Power of Communication and I’ve been devouring it daily. As I was reading, I found myself thinking: “How can I make sure these concepts stick?”

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Variance Explained

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