Paying Attention

I was in a restaurant last week eating lunch with a friend when a fellow diner waved at me and called my name as he left the restaurant. His face was familiar. His smile said, "I know you." I'm sure I must have had coffee with him recently or share a group membership. But no... Continue Reading →

I’m the greatest!

The woman was invisible. She was the server waiting on a group of business people (mostly men). She served them well by keeping glasses filled, taking care of special requests, and serving the various courses of the meal. But no one saw her. No one said thank you or acknowledged her presence. The most that... Continue Reading →

How to Build Fourth-Level Connections, Pt. 2

Cities sometimes see new businesses come and go after very brief lives. In many cases, the business creators had a build-it-and-they-will-come belief, and they were surprised when, after a grand opening, crowds did not frequent their new businesses. The failure problem can often be reduced to one thing, namely, the refusal to do the work... Continue Reading →

Lost Things

I still remember the day that I lost my bracelet. It was a gorgeous woven silver bracelet with a toggle clasp that Bev got me for our anniversary. It felt good on my wrist and looked good with lots of things. I wore it as an every-day bracelet, and it became an extension of my... Continue Reading →

How to Build Fourth-Level Connections

I've been thinking about the way that human beings connect with each other, particularly how to turn simple-addition connecting into multiplication. I haven't done a scientific study, and my observations may be purely anecdotal. Nevertheless I think that there may be some warrant to the truth of these observations. First level connections are the simple... Continue Reading →

Don’t confuse me with the facts.

I grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. The hometown of my youth had segregated schools, racially separated water fountains, entrances to the local theater separated according to race, and sitting in the back of the bus if you were black. It was a big deal when LR Central High School integrated, and a cultural sea... Continue Reading →

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