You might not realize it, but you are a creature of an imaginative realm called Neverland. Neverland is your home, and before you die, you will spend decades there. Jonathan Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human If you say, “The queen died, and the king died,” that is a chronicle. If you… Read More We Need More Good Stories, with Fewer Simple Chronicles
The Stranger (Calvin Trager): Dana, I’m what the world considers to be a phenomenally succesful man, and I’ve failed much more than I’ve succeeded. And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, “Where are we going?” And it starts to get better… — Dana: I don’t even know what the… Read More Quo Vadimus (“Where are we going?”) – Parkland Hospital tries to Right the Ship
Back in my full-time preaching days, (I spent 20 years in full-time ministry), I remember one especially “oh, yeah, that is so true” moment that was so obvious I could not believe I had not seen it/realized it. I was reading a book on preaching (homiletics: sorry, I don’t remember which particular book; I read… Read More Want To Build A Better Corporate Culture? – Consider The Rhythm of the Calendars Used in Religion
Have you done a culture check recently? Corporate culture. Definition: A blend of the values, beliefs, taboos, symbols, rituals and myths all companies develop over time Recently, Howard Schultz, chairman, president and C.E.O. of Starbucks, was interviewed by Adam Bryant of the New York Times. (Bob excerpted this interview for our blog here). Here’s a… Read More Have You Done A Culture Check Recently?
I start with an admission (I would have called it a confession, but fictional detective/wordsmith Nero Wolfe would have chastised me for not choosing the correct word). Here’s the admission: I’m not a handyman. Not at all. My wife owns the tools, and won’t let me touch them. I don’t blame her… So, anyway, I… Read More Reading the Culture — Another New Business Necessity