Archive for October 2016

Listen up. Look out. (And yeah, I guess I missed something.) – SCN Encourager

Do you remember last week’s cautionary tale? Personally, I thought it was brilliant. I reminded all of us to not go overboard with “attentive listening” at the expense of “mindful observing.” Using your ears may be good, but using your eyes to note actual real-world behavior may be more beneficial. Here it is. Like I said, I thought…

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There’s nothing sad about today. (Except for Sad Fact #5) – SCN Encourager

Thanks for grinding through all five Sad Facts this week. I thought I should tell you this right from the get-go. Cindy’s probably right. I have an incredible knack for plunging pell-mell into wrong assumptions. Just because something’s a struggle for me (AKA a Sad Fact) doesn’t necessarily mean you’re bothered by it. She asked if any of…

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Listen up. Look out. And the confliction contained in Sad Fact #3 – SCN Encourager

Okay, I’ll say it. But very quietly. So Cindy and our daughters won’t hear. But I’m convinced attentive listening is over-rated. Yeah, I know every leadership and communications guru out there advises “listen to your stakeholders”… “listen to your parents”… and “listen to your heart.” And while all of this is well and good, it sets a real-world…

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Sad Fact #2 won’t surprise you. But that doesn’t make changing it any easier. – SCN Encourager

Usually we’ll choose anything but… the SIMPLE. And I mean anything. For any number of reasons, we’ll choose the path of the – the safe, the people-pleasing, the expected, the self-serving, or the ego-boosting. Long before we’ll even give the “more simple and clear” route full and fair consideration. At least that’s what I do. Thanks to an ever-present inner voice which always…

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