Jun 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

A Dose of Inspiration Through Caring Conversations

Several years ago due to severe back pain, I discovered I had a condition referred to as dysplastic spondylolisthesis which is caused by a congenital defect (present from birth). This condition has caused a narrowing of my vertebral canal in my lower back. What started as a twitch in my back, quickly put me down! Thankfully, with some rest and medication, the pain subsided and there were no surgeries recommended. I must say I am more careful today than ever on what I pick up or how I put any strain on my back. 

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Topics: Compassion

Mar 16, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The Sound You Never Want to Hear

This blog is the second in the series, My Top 10 Blunders and How You Can Avoid Them

My wife, Cathy, and I have routinely discussed how hectic and busy Mondays can be each week.  In fact, Monday night is her night to cook as I usually get home the latest on those nights. One busy Monday morning around 10 a.m., I noticed my cell phone ringing and that it was Cathy calling.  I knew this must be an emergency so I answered my phone, “What’s going on?” Cathy replied, “The dishwasher broke, I can’t even get it to turn on.” I quickly replied, “What the hell do you want me to do about it from the office?”

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Topics: Leadership, Compassion

Sep 30, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Follow-Up on Compassion

A few months ago, I shared my blog, “Compassion."  If you recall, this blog is about my wife choking on a grape and my failure to adequately respond.  After it posted, someone who follows my blog sent me a link with some kind comments.  He stated that a comedy video came to mind when he read the blog. As I watched the clip, it was almost an exact reenactment of my night on the couch.  I am still laughing and so thankful that my episode was only captured in my blog, and not on video.  Here’s the video, get ready for a good laugh. 

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Topics: Compassion

Nov 19, 2014 11:17:00 AM

Compassion

As a leader, I am always striving to be better and grow my skillset. My need to continue to develop is even striking me at home. Recently, my wife had a choking spell with a grape. I quickly learned that I did not show enough compassion for her situation when I did not immediately leap over the couch. She could not believe that I could be so unconcerned. 

I have been sharing with her my areas for development and some of the things I have been working on, and she is really into giving me constructive feedback. After the grape incident, when emotions had subsided, her exact words to me were, “You should be working on your compassion at home too.” On reflection, I failed to react with the compassion and concern I felt as urgently as I should have.

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Topics: Compassion