Guest contributions:

04.22.13  Uncommon Leadership 

04.02.15  Switch and Shift  

05.13.15  Better Practice Team Performance

05.29.15  Better Practice Team Performance

07.08.15  Switch and Shift 

07.14.15  Better Practice Team Performance

10.05.15  Switch and Shift 

Stacey's Reading List...


"Tribe of Mentors" by Timothy Ferriss

"Shortcut" by John Pollack 

"Seeing What Others Don't" by Gary Klein

"Several Short Sentences About Writing" by Verlyn Klinkenborg

"The Birkman Method - Your Personality at Work" by Sharon Birkman Fink and Stephanie Capparell

"Creative Intelligence" by Bruce Nussbaum 

"Improv Wisdom" by Patricia Ryan Madson

"Training To Imagine" by Kat Koppett

"Quiet" by Susan Cain

"Where Good Ideas Come From" by Steven Johnson

"A Whole New Mind" by Daniel H. Pink

"Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman 

"Rework" by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson  

"The Leadership Pipeline" by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter, James Noel  

"Life:  Selected Quotations" by Paulo Coelho 

"Deep Change" by Robert Quinn

"The Power of Full Engagement" by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz  

"The Way of the Shepherd" by Dr. Kevin Leman and William Pentak  

"Developing the Leader Within You" by John Maxwell  

"Mr. Peabody's Apples" by Madonna

"Orbiting the Giant Hairball" by Gordon MacKenzie




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Ted Talk: How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are

Link to Ted Talk:  Andrew Solomon

A moving story of triumph about “forging meaning, building identity…and then inviting the world to share your joy”.    

My narrative of triumph: 

I grew up in a household - with what I came to understand - contained a bipolar parent.  At a very young age I learned to “pay attention”.  I began intentionally trying to manage situations in hopes of minimizing behavior swings that quite frankly could not be fully anticipated.  Most days it was futile.  Every day it was exhausting. 

I vividly remember thinking this burden was not fair.  Why can’t I have a normal childhood? was a reoccurring question.  Or in simplest terms:  why me?  I had no way of knowing then that normal exists only on a relative continuum, and that this experience would become an incredible gift. 

I can no longer imagine my life unfolding differently.  As Andrew Solomon shares in his Ted Talk, “it makes what was wrong precious”.   

Be careful what you think is a burden and what you think is a gift.  Because one can very well become the other, and vice versa. 

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I could actually re-write these very words coming from an alcoholic, abusive home.... particularly... "At a very young age I learned to “pay attention”. I began intentionally trying to manage situations in hopes of minimizing behavior swings that quite frankly could not be fully anticipated. Most days it was futile. Every day it was exhausting. "

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