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Thank You For Your Service!

NATO Air Command Team

This is one of most honored posts I’ve ever ever hosted.  Lt. Col. Matthew Fritz is Director, Commander’s ActionGroup of NATO’s Air Training Command in Afghanistan.  Training a newly formed Afghan Air Force is the epitome in complex continual change management.  Matt has become a very dear friend, thanks to Angela Maiers, and fellow blogger at Switch & Shift.  I » Read More

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The Art of Science

Nick Mayer blue lobster

I met Nick Mayer when ordering a gorgeous Blue Lobster print of his.  I have this thing about Blue Lobsters, seeing them in Maine and as a metaphor for innovation in that this rare phenotype results from serendipity and random collisions of genes. Nick’s art is an amazing and beautiful integration of art and biology in watercolor.  Here is Nick’s powerful story of how Science » Read More

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Result of a #RCUS? Libyian & California Kids Sharing Art

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Have you just started grinning when reading something? This post by Tomas Quinonez-Riegos will do just that! While being the international program director for iTeach, using video to teach English to kids all over the world (e.g., Cambodia, Panama, etc.) and spending his first semester junior year in Japan, Tomas has started yet another new venture, which he shares with » Read More

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Integrating Design Theory & the Scientific Process

Hanna McPhee

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, just create it! Don’t let the world pigeon-hole you into linear paths…make your own. That’s what Hanna McPhee did. She is an extraordinary kid and typical of the ones I get to hang out with. Hanna (Brown ’14) created an independent concentration, Biologically Inspired Design and is working on her thesis. She » Read More

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Act Now! 3 Leadership Lessons on Handling Life’s Emergencies

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“Act today only, tomorrow is too late.”–English proverb The world was gripped to this story. I know I was. On August 5, 2010, 33 Chilean miners were laboring in a gold mine one-half mile below the harsh Atacama Desert. Boom! There was an explosion – tons of rocks and dirt collapsed on their space inside » Read More

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How Blue Are You?

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I was able to take my wife and another couple to the Blue Man Group as it traveled through Oklahoma this week.  I expected to see 3 slimy blue people playing strange instruments, but beyond that I wasn’t sure what I would experience.  To call the show amazing is an understatement.  We laughed, we danced, » Read More

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The Economic and Social Impact of Language

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Nelson Mandela said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” With the rise of China, India and other Asian countries, what languages do we teach in school? Bengali?Punjabi? Nope. Think this is a bit » Read More

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Managers: How well are you connecting?

Managers: How well are you connecting?

What does it mean to be connected? Some employees openly volunteer personal information like aging parent concerns and children’s activities. Others hold their cards close and share very little unless you take the time to get to know them. Are you asking questions on a regular basis to express interest, expand trust, and deepen relationships? Or have you been too busy?

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Are We Really “All Connected”?

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Today’s world, for the most part, has been framed in a mechanistic model based on Newton’s laws of the physical universe. Of course this model continues to be both valid and useful. In fact, this model of thought gave rise to the tremendous breakthroughs in the industrial age. Yet could it be this mechanistic model » Read More

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Will You Leave a Mrk?

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My nice blue iPhone Mrked case is the brainchild of 3 kids – yup, kids. Just your average college kids yet again deciding it’s their right to change the world.  15% of the revenues from Mrked goes to teach young girls in emerging markets how to read.  ”Three sets of parents migrated from South Asia in order to provide » Read More

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