Twenty-Seven Shovels
Sep08

Twenty-Seven Shovels

by Randall Rogers, Reprinted with Permission A few years ago, in 2009, I moved in with the man who raised me. It was the house I grew up in and our experience of a father/son relationship had often been strained and challenging. For me, moving in with him in the throes of my impending divorce and his deepening Cancer and Alzheimers, was both a blessing and a profound challenge. Richard was a carpenter of brilliant and impeccable...

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What Stops Leaders from Empowering Others?
Jun05

What Stops Leaders from Empowering Others?

guest post by Alain Hunkins – Pioneer Leadership The research firm Universum recently queried over 2,000 business leaders and professionals, asking: What’s the most important quality that you expect future leaders to possess? The #1 response (41%): They empower their employees. Empowerment. It became a business buzzword twenty years ago, and has been in and out of vogue ever since. At it’s core, it’s about enabling others to do...

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Prodigal Father, Wayward Son – a Book by Sam & Gifford Keen
Apr16

Prodigal Father, Wayward Son – a Book by Sam & Gifford Keen

by Boysen Hodgson I read “Fire in the Belly” in my early 20’s. It was a powerful addition to my list of favorite personal development books, along with “The Book; on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are,””Way of the Peaceful Warrior,” “The Road Less Travelled,” and “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.” Yes, I was a young man searching. Sam Keen’s powerful...

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From Dad’s Toolbox
Feb21

From Dad’s Toolbox

from the Lair of the Wildman There’s a wrong I’d like to right. The man I wronged is dead, so I am asking you to hear my truth in this regard. If it resonates, so be it, or, share your truth. I was 48 when I first heard of a Warrior Weekend and the idea that there were other men in the world that wondered . . . ‘is this it, is this what being a man is?’ was foreign to me. I was hungry for the company of men I...

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Yep. I was Scrooge.
Dec23

Yep. I was Scrooge.

by Dave K Last night I took my family to see “A Christmas Carol.” It’s become a tradition for us, and is really one of the few holiday traditions we celebrate.  I’ve seen this show many many times, but this one hit me especially hard. For decades, I was a Scrooge when it came to Christmas. I could rant and rant about killing trees, and commercialism, and phony temporary brotherhood. I was a humbug through and...

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The tie that binds
Dec02

The tie that binds

By Tim O’Connor  As a server at a restaurant, my son Corey wears a tie. As a dutiful father, I’ve always provided him with the Dad-Assist Tie. That’s where I tie the tie as if I’m going to wear it, but slip it over my head and give it to him. But the time comes when a 20-year-old son must buy his father a beer in a bar. No wait… the time comes in a young man’s life when he must learn to tie his own damn tie. Recently...

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